Illinois Department of Children and Family Services News

Appellate court upholds St. Clair County ruling terminating East St. Louis father's parental rights

By Pam Wright | Jul 11, 2017

MT. VERNON — The Fifth District Appellate Court has upheld a lower court's ruling terminating the parental rights of an East St. Louis man.

Appeals court upholds ruling taking custody of two kids from East St. Louis mother

By Denise Royal | Jun 30, 2017

MT. VERNON — An Illinois mother will not regain primary physical custody of two of her children after an appeals court upheld a decision to not return them to her. The court ruled that the mother of five, who has a history of mental illness and violent outbursts, failed to make enough progress to regain custody of her 10-year-old and her 3-year-old.

Federal court green-lights lawsuit challenging state’s gun restriction policies for families

By Nancy Crist | Feb 1, 2017

URBANA — A federal judge recently denied the state’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging its foster parent policies restricting firearms possession.

Jane Doe denies liability in suit alleging minor sexually assaulted during supervised visit

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | May 15, 2016

Third-party defendant Jane Doe denies liability and seeks dismissal in a suit alleging a minor girl was sexually assaulted during a supervised parental visit.

Madison County Circuit Judge Mudge to emcee child abuse prevention event

By Alan Goforth | Mar 22, 2016

Madison County Circuit Judge William Mudge will emcee the National Child Abuse Prevention Month news conference and public forum next week to help raise awareness of abuse in Madison County.

House candidate Acklin denies he shrugged off sex charges against teacher

By Vimbai Chikomo | Mar 3, 2016

Republican Illinois House hopeful Jim Acklin says accounts he let a family friend continue teaching high school after being told he was a sexual predator are “desperate political attacks.”

In sexual misconduct suit, state rep candidate said female student was responsible for relationship with teacher

By Record News | Feb 28, 2016

URBANA – Legislative candidate Jim Acklin of Ogden countered a former student’s sexual misconduct suit against the school district he leads by blaming her.

Judge Kelley denies Children First Foundation’s motion to dismiss lawsuit alleging sexual assault during supervised visit

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Aug 4, 2015

St. Clair County Associate Judge Randall Kelley denied a motion to dismiss filed by a non-profit organization overseeing supervised parental visits who previously denied liability in an alleged sexual assault case involving a minor girl.

Children First Foundation denies liability in lawsuit alleging sexual assault during supervised visit

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | May 4, 2015

A non-profit organization overseeing supervised parental visits denies liability in a case alleging a minor child was sexually assaulted by her mother in the bathroom.

Father alleges daughter sexually assaulted during supervised visit

By The Madison County Record | Jan 13, 2015

A father alleges his minor daughter was sexually assaulted by her mother while on a supervised visit by a non-profit organization.

Supreme Court agrees to hear arguments in nine cases, including a Cook County wrongful death suit

By Bethany Krajelis | Mar 28, 2014

The Illinois Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to review a wrongful death case that an appeals panel noted presents a “rather novel issue” over whether the state courts recognize the self-critical analysis privilege.

Woman sues DCFS claiming it illegally removed child she was going to adopt

By Andrea Dearden | Jun 21, 2012

An East Alton woman has filed a series of lawsuits demanding the immediate return of a child she claims was illegally removed from her home despite a pending adoption.

Matoesian dismisses DCFS head, parents of man who killed toddler in wrongful death case

By Amelia Flood | Jul 1, 2011

Matoesian Madison County Circuit Judge Andreas Matoesian has dismissed the head of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and the parents of a man convicted of beating a toddler to death from a wrongful death suit.

Matoesian to hear motions in case involving beating death of Carlyle boy

By Amelia Flood | Jun 28, 2011

Matoesian Madison County Circuit Judge Andreas Matoesian is set to hear all pending motions in a battery and wrongful death suit filed last year over the beating death of a three year-old Carlyle boy.

Simon, officials pledge commitment to preventing child abuse

By Amelia Flood | Apr 1, 2011

Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon Against a lobby lined with silhouettes representing abused children in Madison County, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon, Madison County Chairman Alan Dunstan, Madison County Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder, and other local officials announced their commitment to preventing child abuse as they kicked off Child Abuse Prevention Month Friday.

$1 Million lawsuit filed on behalf of beaten child; Illinois DCFS is named as defendant

By Andrea Dearden | Sep 17, 2010

The parents and grandparents of a Madison County boy and the state are named in a $1.05 million lawsuit filed on behalf of a young child allegedly beaten to death by his father.

O'Fallon school district named in sexual abuse suit

By Amelia Flood | Mar 1, 2010

O'Fallon School District 203 has been added as a defendant in a suit over the alleged sexual abuse of a student by a music teacher.

Adoptive parents seek $3 million from DCFS, Granite City cops and biological parent

By Ann Knef | Mar 25, 2008

The parents of an adopted child are seeking in excess of $3 million after their 16-year-old daughter was allegedly placed by a state agency with the girl's biological father, without a court order.

Parents sue elementary school district for son's abuse on bus

By Ann Knef | Aug 24, 2005

The parents of an Abraham Lincoln elementary school student in Belleville School District 118 allege their son was sexually assaulted by other students while riding a bus home on Feb. 5, according to a lawsuit filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court Aug. 17.

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