The ACLU of Illinois' work to improve conditions for foster children under the care of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is highlighted in an article from the Associated Press (via the Rockford Register Star). Last week, a report was released outlining necessary improvements to be accomplished by the department in order to remain compliant under a decades-long consent decree overseen by the ACLU of Illinois. The article quotes ACLU of Illinois Associate Legal Director Ben Wolf:
"This report is a clarion call for change, real change within DCFS," said Benjamin Wolf, the associate legal director of the group.
The report said high turnover in recent years in the director's office also hampered the reform process: "Even very basic functions, such as ... case management, grind to a halt ... until the workforce learns of the priorities of a new director."