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Proposed measure sets up protections for Illinois families when dealing with DCFS

Lawmakers and family rights advocates are pushing to pass a measure that would set up protections for parents when dealing with the Department of Children and Family Services.

Andrew Hensel

The Center Square


Two couples sue former UW child abuse doctor for alleged misdiagnoses

Dr. Barbara Knox left Wisconsin and Alaska amid allegations of workplace bullying and wrongful diagnoses of child abuse; she now practices in Florida.

Hope Karnopp

Wisconsin Watch


Reunification Heroes: Michelle Weidner

Reunification Heroes: Michelle Weidner

ABA Center on Children and the Law

India Jones

American Bar Association


What to Do If You Are Mistakenly Accused of Child Abuse in a Hospital Emergency Room

It is not the role of emergency department staff to substantiate a claim of child maltreatment, but only to report a reasonable suspicion of abuse or neglect. In most scenarios, the emergency department staff do not know a child or family prior to the encounter and they are meeting the family for the first time in a crisis situation.

Katheryn G Goldman & Daniel Pollack

Parent Map


Judge refuses to bar doctor's testimony during infant death trial

A judge denied a motion Wednesday to exclude testimony from a doctor at a Chicago pediatric hospital during an upcoming trial for a woman charged with causing the death of an infant she was babysitting in 2016.

Sarah Reese



Knox's disputed diagnoses could mean Dakota Black, Josh Gehde are innocent

Nearly nine years after her son, Brayden, died, Shannon Turnbill still replays the image of the 5-year-old lying on the bed, unresponsive.

Brenda Wintrode - Wisconsin Watch

Sun Prairie Star


Audit Trails: The Not-So-Silent Witness

Audit Trails: The Not-So-Silent Witness

A standard report that takes minutes to generate is increasingly becoming one of the most important pieces of evidence in medical malpractice litigation.

Saira Pasha

Journal of the DuPage County Bar Association


The State Took Their Children For 467 Days After An Alleged Slight. Now The Family Is Suing

A family is suing the state of Illinois, a child welfare investigator contracted by the state, and others, alleging their three children were taken away for more than a year over the investigator’s hurt feelings.

Ashe Schow



HHS received almost 300 info blocking claims since April, with majority lodged against providers

HHS received almost 300 info blocking claims since April, with majority lodged against providers

The Office of the National Coordinator’s first release of information blocking claims was much anticipated, given the free flow of health information across different entities is a perennial problem in the U.S.

Rebecca Pifer

Healthcare Dive


The director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Marc D. Smith testifies before the House Appropriations-Human Services Committee Friday, April 26, 2019 in Chicago.

Family sues state, contractor after children taken for 467 days

A federal lawsuit filed against a child welfare investigator contracted by the state of Illinois, and others, alleges three children were taken away from their parents for more than a year for arbitrary reasons.

Greg Bishop

The Center Square




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