Ill-The Department of Children and Family Services Office of Inspector
General has begun the process of making sure a missing persons report
is filed with police on every State ward who is currently absent from
placement. This is part of the department's vigorous new efforts to not
only pursue each new ward known to be missing, but to locate and make
contact with all current missing and runaway youth within 60 days.
Office of Inspector General estimates thirty missing DCFS wards in Cook
County age 17 and under did not have a missing persons report on file
with the Chicago Police Department. In the past two days, the OIG filed
sixteen of those 30. The OIG is working to secure pictures and other supporting
materials to file reports on the remaining wards.
report to Governor Blagojevich, the DCFS Task Force found staff were not
required by management to ensure law enforcement reports were made on
missing and runaway youth, and to ensure reports to the National Center
for Missing and Exploited Children were made on all children absent from
their placements. In addition, the Task Force found DCFS did not make
sure caseworkers made actual efforts to locate missing wards.
to make sure every missing ward in the state of Illinois has a missing
persons report on file because only after police have these reports can
one be filed with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
and location of missing youth in DCFS care is a top priority for the department
today, and will be a top priority in the future. DCFS will exert every
effort and use every available resource to locate and make contact with
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