State Rep. Steve Reick has introduced a bill that would hand over the handling of abused kids to McHenry County government.
I guess he thinks children like AJ Freund could not be treated worse by local officials.
Here’s a summary of the bill:
Creates the McHenry County Children and Family Services Agency Division in the Counties Code (referred to as AJ’s Law).
Establishes a county children and family services agency in McHenry County for a 5-year period to replace the operations of the Department of Children and Family Services within that county.
Provides that the McHenry County children and family services agency shall have all powers and duties of the Department under the Children and Family Services Act and the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act.
Provides for the appointment of an executive director and employment of employees.
Provides for requirements for operation of the county children and family services agency, including unit-based multidisciplinary teams.
Provides for State funding of the agency after submission of a budget to the Department each year.
Provides for transfer of power and duties back to the Department should the county children and family services agency cease operators after the initial 5-year period.
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Prior to the late 1970’s, the McHenry County Probation Office ran a foster child placement service.
No complaints ever reached my ears.
During Governor Jim Thompson’s term, when his budget was pinched, DCFS stopped funding.
When DCFS Director Greg Coler put his budget together, he protected his bureaucracy.
One of the cut was for money for McHenry County to run its foster child placement service.