IL - The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) hosts
the first annual DCFS Law Enforcement Awards to mark National Missing
Children's Day. Three Illinois law enforcement officers will be honored
for their exemplary performance in recovering children missing from DCFS
placements. National Missing Children's Day is Sunday, May 25, 2003.
takes place Friday, May 23 at 1p.m. at the DCFS Emergency Reception Center
located at 810 West Montrose.
Bryan Samuels will present awards to the following individuals:
Department (CPD) Commander Roberta Bartik. Commander Bartik heads the
CPD's Juvenile Advocacy Division. She is the longest serving youth commander
in CPD history, having held that post since 1994. Commander Bartik is
a passionate and dedicated partner of DCFS and because of her efforts,
hundreds of wards have been located and recovered.
Sheriff's Deputy Michael L. Johnston will be honored for an incredible
job locating two foster children abducted by their mother this March.
Deputy Johnston's hard work and dedication were instrumental in finding
the children unharmed within eight days of being reported missing.
of State Special Agent Jim Lemarie will be recognized for his extraordinary
efforts to coordinate the successful rescue and return of three DCFS wards
and adopted sons of Esi Antobam, who is incarcerated and charged with
alien smuggling. The three boys were living thousands of miles from Illinois
in Ghana, but under the direction of Agent Lemarie, they were located
and brought back safely to Chicago.
and locating of all missing youth in the custody of DCFS is a top priority
of the agency. Last week the Department convened the Illinois Missing
Children's Task Force to oversee efforts to find all missing children
within 60 days and to review all issues related to youth absent from placement.
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services