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     September 16, 2020      #17-260 sdj
 
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A mock kitchen designed for training new child service investigators is one of many rooms used in preparing new employees at Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago.

Child welfare officals say they're coping during

Los funcionarios de bienestar infantil dicen que están lidiando con

SPRINGFIELD — Child welfare officials in Illinois told a panel of state lawmakers Monday that the COVID-19 pandemic has hindered but not completely prevented their efforts to monitor children at risk of abuse or neglect.

“Without question, the pandemic has been and continues to be extremely challenging for all of us, both personally and professionally,” Marc Smith, acting director of the Illinois Department of Children and Families, told a Senate panel during a virtual meeting Monday. “But everyone who works for, or in partnership with us has kept their eyes on our mission to keep children safe.”

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