“CLEARLY, this is a situation that is unacceptable,” says George Sheldon, the brand new director of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). He was referring to the scandalous treatment of children by the institutions and people paid by the agency to look after them.
Bruce Rauner, the new Republican governor of Illinois, asked Mr Sheldon to take over from Bobbie Gregg, the former boss of the DCFS, after the Chicago Tribune, a local daily, published a five-part investigation in December that revealed shocking abuses at roughly 50 residential treatment centres financed by the DCFS. According to the Chicago Tribune’s findings, hundreds of state wards in Illinois are violently attacked and sexually abused each year at these centres, which are meant to offer round-the-clock supervision and therapy. Bullying, taunting and beatings are so common that they often go unreported. On average more than two dozen of the mostly African-American wards, some of them as young as ten and many with mental health and behavioural problems, run away...Continue reading