DCFS Drops Case Against Client Indicated for Neglect
Our Pro Bono Commitment
In January 2016, Jenner & Block received a favorable outcome for a pro bono client in an Illinois expungement hearing proceeding. The client, a widow, had been indicated with three counts of neglect for the alleged inadequate care of her autistic daughter. The client maintained that the conditions cited by the state Department of Children and Family Services investigator were the direct result of temporary financial difficulties and that the state investigation was cursory and inadequate. A few weeks before the hearing, DCFS dropped the case and voluntarily unfounded all the indications against the client.
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Class Action Settlement Helps Thousands of Illinois Families
The firm successfully challenged the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services’ (DCFS) “Allegation #60,” a “catch-all” allegation that was often relied upon to investigate and “indicate” parents and caretakers for neglect, even when there was never an identified likelihood of harm to a child. On January 9, 2015, the Cook County Circuit Court approved and entered a final settlement between the DCFS and plaintiffs represented by Jenner & Block in a class action lawsuit, Ashley M. v. DCFS.
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