The deaths of two young children in recent years bear some similarities. Parents of both AJ Freund and Sema’j Crosby had been contacted repeatedly by child-welfare workers. Both had been allowed to remain in the home despite sometimes squalid living conditions. Both died in the home. Why couldn’t the state’s child-welfare system protect these two children? Shaw Media Illinois will share what it has found in its investigating over the next few months, and share compelling stories of those affected by the child-welfare system.
Jan. 2: "We, Illinois, must do better." DCFS Inspector General submits report; 123 children who came into contact with DCFS died within a year of contact with the organization.