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Fixing Illinois DCFS program series

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About 16,000 children in Illinois will go to sleep tonight in a strange home because their parents either can’t or won’t care for them. There is nothing simple about a state stepping into the role of parent during a crisis. And the Illinois Department of Children and Family services- DCFS- has had its own share of failures. But as WGN’s Nancy Loo reports, there is new hope for fixing Illinois’ broken child welfare system.

Illinois' child welfare system is under court order to clean up its act and do a better job of serving kids who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. That alone can be traumatizing.  But, sometimes, what happens next is as bad or worse.

Nancy Loo talked to the ninth DCFS Director in five years, who holds a sweeping reform plan in his hands, in part two of our series.



Producer Pam Grimes and Photojournalist Mike D'Angelo contributed to this report.

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