Semaj Crosby: Found dead of asphyxiation in 2016 at 17 months of age under a couch a few hours after a DCFS investigator left the filthy pest infested home
How many people still remember the case of six-year-old Johnny Lindquist, who was beaten senseless by his father in 1972 and died a month later without regaining consciousness? Lindquist been returned to his parents’ home despite vehement objections from the foster parents he had lived with for three years. In 1977, three year old Tina McCord was killed by a member of the foster family that DCFS placed her with. (Adkins, 1978) She would be 43 now. She was in the press, then. I wonder how many people remember her name, now?–Illinois: A Failed Republic
March 15, 2005|By Ofelia Casillas and Matt O’Connor, Tribune staff reporters.A federal judge ruled that Illinois families were deprived of their constitutional rights when state child welfare officials threatened to separate parents from their children during abuse investigations.In a decision made public Monday, U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer found “ample evidence” that families suffered emotional and psychological injuries because the separations lasted “for more than a brief or temporary period.”The judge didn’t fault the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services for erring on the side of caution in such cases, but she held that parents had a right to know the length of the expected separations and how to contest the restrictions.In telephone interviews with the Tribune, families described being shocked, paranoid and frightened by the allegations that some thought would result in them losing their children. Parents felt that caseworkers assumed them to be guilty.A father from Skokie spent almost a year away from his family, and the effects of the rift that developed between them remain years later.”I don’t think it can ever be repaired. We are all broken up; we are not bonded the way that we used to be,” said the father, who requested that he only be identified by his first name, Patrick. “I cannot get over what they did to me. It devastated my whole entire life. I can never be the same again.”. . .”Instead of protecting children, the state is actually destroying families and hurting children,” Redleaf said. Read the rest of the article at the Chicago Tribune by clicking on the text.
Graft Instead of Child Protection: Shows the Real Priority of the State
CHICAGO — The former head of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services improperly awarded a no-bid contract to someone with whom he owns a rental property and hired a person with a suspended driver’s license to a job that involved driving state vehicles, a state watchdog said in a report made public Friday.
The Office of the Executive Inspector General report also states George Sheldon approved a timesheet showing the employee he hired as his confidential assistant was working on days when they were on a non-business trip. . .
According to the report, the no-bid contract was awarded in March 2015 to a Florida-based consulting company and included $30,000 to be paid directly to consultant Christopher Pantaleon. At the time, Sheldon didn’t disclose that he and Pantaleon co-own a home in Florida that they rent out. The Office of the Executive Inspector General concluded that violated the agency’s conflict-of-interest policy .. . . .
Sheldon hired Igor Anderson to be his confidential assistant in September 2015. The investigation found Anderson’s license was suspended or revoked as of August 2015 because he violated a previous restriction to drive only for business purposes after he was charged with driving under the influence. His license was revoked in October 2016, but he continued to drive state vehicles.
Sheldon also signed off on a timesheet in which Anderson said he was working, but they were in Michigan. Lincoln Courier July 28, 2017
At least a dozen Department of Children and Family Services workers have been attacked or seriously threatened as they entered homes to protect children or investigate mistreatment allegations since 2013, a Tribune analysis of government records and interviews found. Full story at the Chicago Tribune, click on the text above to read it.
Over 200 Killed on DCFS Watch
Here are just a few
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services had prior contact with the families or caretakers of 59 children who died from abuse or neglect between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2014, with one more case from 2014 still under investigation. That’s according to a Chicago Sun-Times and WBEZ analysis of the most recent yearly reports by the state child-welfare agency’s Office of Inspector General. Sun Times 6/24/2016
During a drug raid on the far South Side on Saturday, the police found a 3-year-old boy chained by the neck to a bed in a foster home where they also found cocaine, cannabis and unregistered firearms. New York Times, 01/28/03
We also know that keeps happening in Illinois. In fiscal year 2016, the DCFS inspector general’s office investigated 100 deaths of children with whom the agency had previous contact. That’s 100 too many. Some of them died while in youth care. Some died in foster care. Some died of suicide. Some died of street violence. Some died at the hands of their abusers. All of them were on DCFS’ radar. Chicago Tribune, 11/9/2017