As of June 28, there were 16,179 “Youth in Care” of DCFS, records obtained by the Sun-Times show; 20 years earlier, the number had been 54,739.
Beverly Walker also served as commissioner of Georgia’s Department of Human Resources from 2004 to 2011.
George Sheldon has accepted a job at a nonprofit in his home state of Florida. He tendered his resignation on Wednesday.
Among other things, the law firm’s statement focused on the report’s conclusions Semaj’s mother, Sheri Gordon, was and is “nurturing and caring.”
The 22-page DCFS report also reveals complaints filed against Semaj’s family by neighbors in Joliet Township.
Her former landlord said that “Section 8 helped me with the eviction process” after he pointed out that the unit was overcrowded.
Previously, authorities had characterized the toddler’s death as “suspicious” — but not “criminal.”
DCFS Director George Sheldon said his current post “is the toughest job I’ve ever had.”
In September, DCFS concluded neglect allegations were “unfounded.” After Semaj died, a sheriff’s official called conditions in the home “deplorable.”
Neighbors can be blind when it comes to what is going on next door. But you don’t expect the state’s child protective agency to miss such red flags.
Charges filed Friday against 34-year old Michael D. Riley and Gwenddolyn Holloway, 28, include a felony count of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.
Lawsuit details Gizzell Ford timeline of her placement in her grandmother and father’s care. Helen Ford was convicted with killing the 8-year-old girl
Chicago businessman George E. Smith, who admitted to a fraud scheme involving two state agencies, was sentenced Friday to 24 months in prison.
A Cook County judge ordered Daniel Davis, 34. held in lieu of $1 million bail Friday for aggravated criminal sexual abuse.