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Audit finds DCFS failed to implement reforms Audit finds DCFS failed to implement reforms

Audit finds DCFS failed to implement reforms

Ta’Naja Barnes was two years old when she was found wrapped in a urine-soaked blanket amid rodent droppings, garbage and rotting food.

DCFS director: ‘Stuck kids’ docket a problem years in the making DCFS director: ‘Stuck kids’ docket a problem years in the making

DCFS director: ‘Stuck kids’ docket a problem years in the making

Department of Children and Family Services Director Marc Smith has faced nine cases of contempt of court in recent weeks for failing to comply with a judge’s order to place the state’s most vulnerable children in an appropriate setting. In a recent interview with Capitol News Illinois, he outlined the scope of the problem and why it’s not new or easy to solve.

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