DCFS Says Federal Funds Now Flowing

(Springfield, IL) — State child welfare officials left about 40-million-dollars in federal aid on the table over the last two years, because of a failure to process paperwork. The Chicago “Tribune” reports that the acting director of the Department of Children and Family Services, George Sheldon, says a renewed attention to those details will mean 21-million-dollars in new federal aid this fiscal year and 16-million more in the next. Much of the new money will be spent to improve residential treatment centers after reports that hundreds of young people were being assaulted and raped each year.