The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services says hundreds of employees will not lose their jobs after all. And troubled families the state had cut from service will be restored to programs. DCFS Director Richard Calica says reversing course on the cuts will only work if lawmakers come forward with extra funding when session resumes. Money is tight, so that could be a big if.
The 90 million dollar cut to the department budget originally forced Calica to lay off 375 workers and cut "intact family services," a program that keeps kids from foster care and helps families address underlying conditions that led to reports of child abuse and neglect.
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