Posts tagged "DCFS"

Behind the story: Child homicide report leads to sleepless nights, heartbreaking interview

Behind the story: Child homicide report leads to sleepless nights, heartbreaking interview
I never imagined I would pressure a grieving family member into giving me an interview.  But I was desperate. My deadline was looming and there was still an important piece missing from my story: An interview with the aunt of a young boy who was beaten to death.   His aunt’s name is Katrina and... Read more »

Dying for Attention: The Chicago Reporter finds many kids killed after DCFS investigations

Dying for Attention: The Chicago Reporter finds many kids killed after DCFS investigations
Christopher Valdez hid underneath a table in terror. The boy must have known that he was no match for his mother’s boyfriend, Cesar Ruiz, who was hunting after him. In a fit of rage, Ruiz thrashed the room. Glass shattered. A telephone flew across the room. The boy’s mother, Crystal, sat in the corner crying.... Read more »

VIDEO: New Chicago Reporter investigation reveals alarming rates of kids killed by caregivers

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Despite the involvement of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, many children die at the hands of their caregivers. Advocates say their deaths could be prevented. The Chicago Reporter investigates in its September/October 2012 issue. Read the full story on Sept. 4 at www.chicagoreporter.com
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The bruises fade, but the pain lasts forever...

I was sitting with my co-worker, Jeff Kelly Lowenstein, when he told me that this month’s Chicago Reporter investigation on child sexual abuse was one of the hardest things he ever had to write. Jeff’s written on some poignant and heartbreaking subjects, but none of them, he said, affected him so deeply as hearing the... Read more »

Is anyone listening to child sexual abuse victims in Cook County?

The majority of people who call Cook County’s child abuse tip line are adults – friends, neighbors, teachers, pastors, counselors. But sometimes those calls are made by someone a lot closer to the abuse – the victims themselves. In this month’s investigation of child sexual abuse in Cook County, we noticed a strange trend among... Read more »

Black families being torn apart by unfounded accusations of child sex abuse

Imagine you’re a foster child – neglected by your own family, moved from home to home – until you find that one place, that one family, where you belong. Finally, you’re safe, with a foster parent that loves you and takes care of you. Until you’re ripped from that home one morning, all because someone... Read more »
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