Trouble at Illinois Department of Children and Family Services facilities – including abuse and runaways – is leading to ideas from lawmakers, responding to what they’ve read in the Chicago Tribune.  Bills passed by the Senate Human Services Committee would, among other things, sanction facilities which abuse kids or fail to report problems.  “The state is responsible for the kids in the care of DCFS. When they are beaten, raped, allowed to run away or allowed to prostitute themselves in a facility with a state contract, we’ve failed them,” sponsoring Sen. Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) said in a statement.
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 “Any employees of a child care organization who are not keeping these abused and neglected children safe should be disciplined – up to and including losing their jobs.”
“There was a lot of questions about what happens when those hotline calls are made,” Danielle Gomez of the Cook County public guardian’s office said of the reports. “We recently had a principal of a school call the hotline and report that our client was dragged down a hallway by a residential treatment staff member. That call was not taken for investigation. We had a client call to allege sexual abuse in a prior foster home. Call not taken for investigation.”
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