Risk Of Child Abuse And Neglect Grows During COVID-19

How are children being protected under Illinois’ stay-at-home order?

VIRUS OUTBREAK ILLINOIS
A sign for meal pickups is posted at Childerley Park in Wheeling, Ill., Friday, April 3, 2020. Nam Y. Huh / ASSOCIATED PRESS
VIRUS OUTBREAK ILLINOIS
A sign for meal pickups is posted at Childerley Park in Wheeling, Ill., Friday, April 3, 2020. Nam Y. Huh / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Risk Of Child Abuse And Neglect Grows During COVID-19

How are children being protected under Illinois’ stay-at-home order?

Kids are out of school until the fall, which means there are fewer teachers and supervisors around to report suspected abuse.

So how is the state protecting children from experiencing abuse and neglect behind closed doors? Reset checks in with two experts on Illinois’ child welfare system.

GUEST: Marc Smith, acting director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

Fred Wulczyn, senior research fellow at the University of Chicago’s Chapin Hall