A federal judge has set in motion improvements to Illinois’ troubled Department of Children and Family Services. The action came after WBEZ found some minors were waiting behind bars even after they were cleared to go home.
Arthur Bishop has been in charge of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, the agency that oversees the state’s prisons for young people. Now he’ll run the Department of Children and Family Services.
An Elgin couple seeking to disprove that their infant daughter “died of blunt head trauma due to child abuse” will have more time to try to overturn that finding in hopes of regaining custody of their young son, a judge ruled Tuesday.
The acting director of DCFS says she is assembling experts to examine the rising number of abuse and neglect deaths among children who have had involvement with the agency, in response to a Sun-Times and WBEZ investigation.