CHICAGO (TOC) — The embattled state company that’s supposed to guard endangered youngsters is being hauled into federal courtroom on Wednesday.
Eight youngsters have died since December whereas instances of neglect or abuse have been below investigation by the Division of Youngsters and Household Companies.
The DCFS director has been held in contempt of courtroom a dozen occasions since January for the company’s failures in correctly caring for or defending youngsters.
The daddy of 1 woman who just lately died whereas below DCFS oversight stated one thing wants to alter.
Demarcus Osby continues to be in shock over the loss of life of his 8-year-old daughter Amaria. The younger woman suffocated within the bed room of her Chicago dwelling on Could 25. Authorities have charged her mom Andrea Hagler with the homicide.
“The identical system that is in place that was supposed to guard my daughter is identical system that failed my daughter,” Osby stated.
DCFS’ historical past with the household dates again to 2017, when Hagler was arrested for driving drunk with Amaria within the automobile. In March, Osby known as DCFS after an argument with Hagler.
“Her mom had lashed out on me and I used to be afraid she would just about take it out on my daughter,” he stated.
On Could 24, an investigator lastly made contact with the household and famous no issues. Hours later, Amaria was useless.
In courtroom, prosecutors informed the choose the mom confessed and stated her daughter’s final phrases have been “Momma cease.”
Cook dinner County Public Guardian Charles Golbert, noting that Osby is one in every of eight youngsters who’ve died below the watch of DCFS within the final eight months, now needs a federal courtroom to intervene.
“I would wish to see some very tight, enforceable deadlines to place DCFS again on observe,” Golbert stated.
Golbert stated that Osby’s loss of life was preventable and that the choose must pressure DCFS to adjust to a 30-year-old consent decree.
“So when you’ve got employees who’ve overwhelming, untenable caseloads, it is working in a clumsy forms with out the helps that they want,” Golbert stated. “It isn’t shocking that we’re seeing all of those youngsters die on this.”
“We should not be burying our children, our children needs to be burying us,” Osby added.
DCFS stated in a written assertion: “The Division of Youngsters and Household Companies is deeply dedicated to defending susceptible youngsters and strengthening households, and the lack of any youngster has a profound affect on your complete company.”
DCFS went on to say the investigator and supervisor within the Osby case should not concerned in youngster protecting duties at the moment.
The federal courtroom listening to is scheduled for Wednesday morning. Home Republican chief Jim Durkin additionally known as for public hearings on the company Tuesday.
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