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Children’s tragic deaths turned the spotlight on failures at DCFS

As cases of children facing abuse and losing their lives continue to stun the public, lawmakers are looking for answers from the government agency tasked with keeping them safe: the Department of Children and Family Services.

The deaths of 17-month-old Semaj Crosby, 2-year-old Ja’hir Gibbons and 5-year-old AJ Freund brought issues at the agency to the forefront. In case after case, the children lost their lives even after DCFS had been called out help.

State Senator Julie Morrison has taken the lead on trying to reform the agency and will be meeting with a group of lawmakers this summer to come up with some potential fixes.

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