Big Changes Are Hopefully Ahead For DCFS, Says Attorney

Aug 17, 2015

An attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union says he’s hopeful Illinois’ troubled child welfare system will make some big changes.

ACLU Attorney Ben Wolf
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The ACLU’s Ben Wolf is at the center of an ongoing class action lawsuit over how the Department of Children and Family Services treats kids in its care.

“For children with behavioral and psychological challenges, there just aren’t the services they need, and the result of that is they’re left languishing in correctional centers and shelters and all sorts of places that just aren’t the right place to spend your childhood,” Wolf said.

A court appointed panel recently said the department needs an outside monitor to ensure proper care for wards of the state. The two sides are meeting today ahead of a Tuesday appearance in federal court.