(IRN) – Officials from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) were in the hot seat Tuesday during a hearing on the latest audit of the embattled agency.
The Illinois Auditor General’s review of DCFS, which covered the 2020 calendar year, found failures to conduct home safety checks before children are returned to their parents.
According to the audit, of the 195 instances where a home safety check should have been done and recorded, DCFS was only able to provide three recorded instances of a checklist.
Beyond issues with the home inspections, state auditors also found cases of children with poorly recorded or missing health care records.
Auditors were also unable to assess whether the department had accurate records of immunizations because the data provided to them by DCFS failed to meet standards for validity.
Nine children have died since December while cases of neglect or abuse were under investigation by DCFS.
DCFS director Mark Smith has been held in contempt of court 12 times for the improper placement of a child. Smith is the 29th director since the agency was formed in 1964.