State Audit Finds DCFS Performance Lacking For LGBTQ Youth

Feb 12, 2021
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A performance audit of the Department of Children and Family Services released by the state auditor general this month found substandard practices for caring for LGBTQ youth at the agency.

Rica and Ann
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“Sham investigations” by state child welfare workers emboldened Rica Rountree’s abusers to continue the abuse that led to her death in January 2019, according to a federal lawsuit filed by the child’s estate.

Rica and Ann
Family Photo

When Ann Simmons last saw her daughter Rica Rountree alive on April 20, 2018, with obvious signs of abuse, she knew she had to change her life for the better if she was going to save her daughter’s life.

Cynthia and Rica
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The hastily concluded investigation by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services into black eyes and bruises on a child who died weeks later of abuse is laid out in state records recently filed in a McLean County murder case.

Ann speaks
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After almost two years of waiting, Ann Simmons delivered a message Thursday to the woman who killed her daughter, 8-year-old Rica Rountree.

J.B. Pritzker at news conference
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The Normal-based Baby Fold is cheering the governor’s proposed $147 million budget increase for the Department of Children and Family Services.

The father of a murdered 8-year-old girl is now under arrest.