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[Illinois] Special Report: Abuse, neglect death toll was undercounted by DCFS over five years
Chicago Sun-Times ^ | December 10, 2013 | CHRIS FUSCO AND TONY ARNOLD

Posted on 12/11/2013 1:59:34 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

The number of children who died from abuse or neglect over the past five years in Illinois is higher than the state’s child-welfare agency has reported, according to new figures from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

The number of deaths in that time is 455, DCFS officials said — which is 11 more than the agency previously counted.

DCFS officials blamed errors in “the department’s tracking and reporting system,” including counting as a single death some cases in which more than one child died.

Acting DCFS boss Denise Gonzales ordered an audit of the death statistics on Nov. 17, after an investigation by the Chicago Sun-Times and WBEZ found that more children are dying from abuse and neglect statewide, with a growing number of those deaths occurring despite the child-welfare system’s involvement in investigating or monitoring those children.

The department’s new analysis — released after an Illinois Senate hearing Tuesday in Chicago — concurred with the news organizations’ finding that the number of children who died within a year of having contact with the agency more than doubled between 2010 and 2011. There were 15 such deaths in the year ending June 30, 2010, compared to 34 in the year ending June 30, 2011.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: childabuse; childwelfare; deathybyneglect; governmentoversight
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1 posted on 12/11/2013 1:59:34 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Counting to 455 is really hard for Dems unless it’s counting votes and then they have no problem finding or making up extra numbers.

Regardless, any child death from abuse or neglect is 1 to many. DCFS heads should roll for not doing their job.

2 posted on 12/11/2013 2:08:58 AM PST by maddog55
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