Department of Children and Family Services http://wuis.org en Juvenile Sex Trafficking Happening Here http://wuis.org/post/juvenile-sex-trafficking-happening-here <p>When you hear about sex trafficking, often times what comes to mind is international smuggling of women. That may be happening, but there is also a problem of local teenagers getting used in sex trafficking within Illinois.</p><p>"Our Children Are Not For Sale" is the name of an awareness campaign to make people aware of what could be happening to homeless and runaway youth.&nbsp;&nbsp; Bill Wheelhouse spoke with Stacy Sloan, Human Trafficking program manager at the Department of Children and Family Services.&nbsp; She sheds some light on the issue.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 26480 at http://wuis.org Juvenile Sex Trafficking Happening Here DCFS Director Resigns After One Month http://wuis.org/post/dcfs-director-resigns-after-one-month <p>The director of the state's child welfare agency who pleaded guilty to stealing money from clients of a Chicago social-service agency 20 years ago has resigned from his post. &nbsp;</p><p>Department of Children and Family Services Director Arthur Bishop submitted a letter of resignation to Gov. Pat Quinn's office Wednesday. The letter notes that his background could be a distraction for Quinn in the upcoming election. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 12:43:06 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse & Associated Press 19805 at http://wuis.org DCFS Director Resigns After One Month Former DCFS Director Calica Dies http://wuis.org/post/former-dcfs-director-calica-dies <p></p><p>The former head of Illinois’ child welfare department died overnight.</p><p>Richard Calica resigned his position with the state Department of Children and Family Services last month.</p><p>He’d been diagnosed with cancer and had undergone surgery.&nbsp; When he resigned - Governor Pat Quinn praised Calica for adding more than 100 child welfare investigators to the department.</p><p>Calica’s chief of staff took over the department on an interim basis when he resigned.</p><p>Calica was 67.</p><p></p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 17:00:24 +0000 Sean Crawford 15578 at http://wuis.org Former DCFS Director Calica Dies Hope Institute Says It Has Plan To Fix Issues http://wuis.org/post/hope-institute-says-it-has-plan-fix-issues <p>A Springfield facility that houses children and young adults with developmental disabilities says it has drawn up a plan to correct problems identified by state investigators. &nbsp;</p><p>Illinois child welfare officials and Springfield police have been investigating allegations of abuse and neglect at Hope Institute for Children and Families since November. No details have been made public. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 16:04:07 +0000 Associated Press 14944 at http://wuis.org Hope Institute Says It Has Plan To Fix Issues DCFS Director Resigns Due To Illness http://wuis.org/post/dcfs-director-resigns-due-illness <p>The director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is to resign after a cancer diagnosis. &nbsp;<br />Gov. Pat Quinn announced Friday afternoon that Richard Calica would leave the post. Calica's chief of staff</p><p>Denise Gonzales is to serve as the agency's acting director.&nbsp;</p><p>Calica has held the post since December 2011. He said in a statement that working for the agency has been ``the most exciting and rewarding time of my career in child welfare.''</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 21:04:56 +0000 Associated Press 13142 at http://wuis.org DCFS Director Resigns Due To Illness