DCFS Chief Weighing Job Offer, Defends Agency Response To Child Death

(Chicago, IL) — As his department faces new questions about the death of a toddler, the head of the state’s child welfare agency is reportedly thinking about quitting to take a job in Florida. George Sheldon told lawmakers today that he’s been offered the chance to run a large non-profit called “Our Kids.” The “Chicago Tribune” reports that Sheldon is also being questioned by state ethics officials about allegations of contract and hiring favoritism. At the same time, a judge looking to find homes for the brothers of 16-month-old Semaj Crosby criticized the DCFS investigators who had visited her Joliet Township home just days before her body was found under a couch in a cluttered, filthy home. Sheldon answered questions from lawmakers about his agency’s response and told an Illinois Senate committee Wednesday that investigators don’t remove children from homes just because the residences are dirty. Crosby was found dead under a couch April 26. Police described the home’s conditions as “deplorable.”