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DCFS Director Calls For Deeper Analysis Of Child Deaths

Fri, 02 May 2014 14:15:18 CDT

The new Director of the Illinois child welfare agency wants a better system for tracking children who die from abuse or neglect. Bobbie Gregg is listing her priorities as the new director of the Department of Children and Family Services. Deaths from abuse or neglect are on the rise even after DCFS investigated the families. Now Gregg says top managers will be reviewing child deaths monthly to look at the circumstances of the death. And they will be meeting with other states to see how they track this kind of data.

"We're going to use that process to make sure we have adequate managerial oversight and hopefully to identify trends earlier if, in fact, there are trends to identify.

Gregg is an attorney who is fairly new to social work. She says the private sector tracks data and analyzes trends better than the social sector and she would like DCFS to improve in those areas.

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