When minors who are wards of the state go missing in Cook County, it’s up to a special team of sheriffs to find them.
Since 2012 the Child Protective Response Unit has been combing the streets looking for runaways. It has found hundreds of children overseen by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
But some say the bureaucracy they encounter after they get picked up is still a problem.
WBEZ’s Natalie Moore took a ride with the runaway unit to see for herself and has this audio postcard.
Natalie Moore is WBEZ’ South Side Bureau reporter. Follow her on Twitter @natalieymoore.