Apparently, this concerned doctor simply doesn’t realize just how poorly run the DCFS is and how all that money is cheating children our of their family, friends and home. If we really want to help children, we will prosecute abusive parents in criminal court, where the laws of evidence and procedure have a much better chance of getting to the truth.
We must stop this witch hunt that is destroying the very fabric of this nation — the family!
June 16, 2009
As physicians who have spent our careers providing care for one of societies most vulnerable populations – abused and neglected children – we are horrified to learn of the proposed 50 percent cut to the Department of Children and Family funding.
We must speak out because raped and injured children don’t vote and are often forgotten.
As many children die from child abuse as from cancer every year, but the only funding to combat the “deadly disease” of child abuse is from the state. It is imperative the public understand the proposed cuts involve not just the $460 million in state funding to DCFS, but will also result in a loss of an additional $92 million in federal funding. The agencies that rely on these funds to provide necessary care and preventive services to these children and their families already operate on shoestring budgets.
There are viable alternatives to the current proposed budget sitting on Gov. Pat Quinn’s desk.
We urge the legislature to consider the long overdue need for a modest increase in the currently low state income tax and also to re-prioritize the amount of money allocated for capitol improvement projects. The bridges and roads will look beautiful — but at what cost?
– Michele Lorand, MD, FAAP Chair, Division of Child Protective Services, Department of Pediatrics
– Jill Glick, MD, FAAP Medical Director, Child Protective Services
– John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County
Do take note of who is paying the good doctor’s salary.
In these hash economic times we need to cut spending where we can and I can’t think of too many better places to slash spending that at all our CPS offices, not just those in Illinois.