Last month a court-appointed panel of experts charged that the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has betrayed its mission to protect the state’s abused and neglected children. Now, a two-month investigation by The Chicago Reporter has documented how thousands of children in the state’s care are denied the chance to grow up in stable, permanent homes. The Reporter reviewed court records and interviewed children and foster parents. Their names have been changed to protect their privacy.
When James Goodrich separated the head-joined twins Carl and Clarence Aguirre a year ago, he performed a singular medical feat. He also entered a world of squabbling over just what, exactly, he accomplished.
Many of the city’s mothers-to-be are counting every carb and pushing their heart-rate monitors to the limit to stay skinny and sexy while pregnant. Is this harmless vanity? Or a New York obsession gone too far?