Damage Done: Rauner's Understaffed DCFS Office Failed Illinois Children

Interns Handled Child Abuse Cases at “Toxic” Children and Family Services Agency

Chicago, IL –  Controversy continues to surround Bruce Rauner’s Department of Children and Family Services with a new report detailing the extent of the agency’s mismanagement.

The Chicago Tribune report shed light on the “toxic” culture at the understaffed Joliet DCFS field office after 17-month-old Semaj Crosby was found dead due to asphyxiation inside her home. The allegations detail an office where interns were assigned “some of the most sensitive and complex abuses cases” and caseworkers sometimes handled more than 30 new cases per month — well over nationally recognized standards.

“This is what happens when a governor cares more about numbers and spreadsheets than the tragedy and pain he is inflicting on the lives of Illinois families,” said Pritzker campaign spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh. “Bruce Rauner’s damage is done to our state's social services agencies and the families they serve are still reeling from his failed leadership.”

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Anna Rosenfeld