Families Targeted for “Inadequate Supervision”

Mother Fights Against Neglect Charge for Letting Kids Play

Name: Natasha
Allegation: Inadequate Supervision
Penalty Avoided: 5 Years on State Registry

Natasha Felix did not expect that allowing her kids to enjoy a summer afternoon would lead to years of strife and an unfair child neglect label against her…

Accident While Sibling Babysat Results in Allegations

Name: Angela
Allegation: Inadequate Supervision, Burns (Neglect)
Penalty Avoided: 20 Years on State Registry

Angela is a naturalized citizen and was singlehandedly taking care of her family while her husband lived in another country…

Allegations of Alcohol Abuse Threaten Mom

Name: Jeanelle
Allegation: Inadequate Supervision
Penalty Avoided: 5 Years on State Registry

On May 24, 2011, Jeanelle H. came home to a message on her answering machine that she had to listen to twice to believe…

Families Experiencing Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Victim Targeted for Self Defense

Name: Clara
Allegation: Environment Injurious
Penalty Avoided: 5 Years on State Registry, Impact on Custody

In February 2014, Clara lived with her boyfriend J.J., their toddler, Daniella, Clara’s mother, and Clara’s sister…

Victim Blamed Because of Language Barrier

Name: Victoria
Allegation: Environment Injurious
Penalty Avoided: 5 Years on State Registry, Impact on Custody

Victoria and her husband were both immigrants from Spanish-speaking countries, though she only spoke Spanish and he had learned English…

Domestic Violence Survivor Separated from Her Twins

Name: Rose
Allegation: Environment Injurious
Penalty Avoided: 5 Years on State Registry, Children in Foster Care

Rose had two infant twins and lived in the suburbs of Chicago…

Mother Deemed Neglectful Due to Actions of Abusive Partner

Name: Ashley
Allegation: Environment Injurious
Penalty Avoided: 5 Years on State Registry

Ashley worked hard caring for her toddler Alexis while attending classes full-time in the Rockford area to earn her college degree…

Families Targeted Due To Mental Health and Disability Concerns

Mother Protects Son and is Labeled “Abusive”

Name: Marisol
Allegation: Risk of Injury
Penalty Avoided: 5 Years on State Registry

Marisol and her teenage son, Connor, struggled with mental health issues, lived in Chicago…

Foster Mother Vindicated by Pro Bono Representation

Name: Michelle
Allegation: Medical Neglect
Penalty Avoided: 20 Years on State Registry

Michelle P. is the kind of foster mother and adoptive mother our child welfare system needs to have in greater supply…

Cautious Mother Not Separated from Newborn

Name: Brenda and George
Allegation: Environment Injurious
Penalty Avoided: 5 Years on State Registry, Impact on Custody

When Ethan was born last August after 53.5 hours of labor, new parents Brenda and George were just beginning to savor the joys of parenting…

Four-Day-Old Baby Boy Torn From Loving, Able Parents

Names: Meredith and Ed
Allegation: Environment Injurious
Penalty Avoided: 5 Years on State Registry, Child in Foster Care

Meredith and Ed spent only four days with their newborn son, Elijah, before he was torn away from them by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services…

Mother Targeted for Calling Police During Fight

Name: Sofia
Allegation: Environment Injurious, Cuts (Neglect)
Penalty Avoided: 20 Years on State Registry

Sofia, a mother to four boys, was in her home with her children in February 2014…

Mother with Bipolar Disorder Vindicated

Name: Linda
Allegation: Environment Injurious
Penalty Avoided: 5 Years on State Registry

Linda’s case began in December 2013 when Chicago police responded to a neighbor’s call regarding what they thought was a domestic dispute…

Families Targeted After Seeking Medical Care

Baby’s Fracture Prompts Abuse Allegations

Names: Cassie and Nate
Allegations: Bone Fracture, Environment Injurious
Penalty Avoided: 5 Years on State Registry, Children in Foster Care

In the early afternoon of February 3, 2015, Cassie S., mother of 13 month-old Hannah and 8-year-old Maya, noticed Hannah wasn’t putting weight on her left leg…

Toddler Fracture Sets Off Abuse Allegations

Name: Stephanie
Allegation: Bone Fracture
Penalty Avoided: 5 Years on State Registry, Impact on Custody

Stephanie P. interned for a juvenile court judge while she was in law school and worked to improve policies related to domestic violence and child protection…

Immigrant Mother Exonerated by Pro Bono Attorney

Name: Rita
Allegation: Bone Fracture
Penalty Avoided: 5 Years on State Registry

Rita, a recent immigrant from Nigeria, was in the bathroom when she heard her 13-month-old daughter Rachel crying…

Family’s Rights Violated in Medically-Complex Case

Names: Amy and Rafael
Allegation: Bone Fractures
Penalty Avoided: 20 Years on State Registry, Child in Foster Care

Zoe’s ordeal began when her mother Amy picked her up from her day care provider’s home at the end of the day…

Young Mother’s Name Cleared After Almost 3 Years

Name: Asia
Allegation: Wounds
Penalty Avoided: 20 Years on State Registry, Impact on Custody

Asia S. was just 17 years old when her life was turned upside-down by a misplaced accusation against her concerning an injury to her 7-month-old toddler, N…

Protecting a Mother’s Right to Breastfeed

Names: Hazel and Joseph
Allegation: Non-Organic Failure to Thrive
Penalty Avoided: 20 Years on the State Registry

When their son Peter was born, Hazel and her husband, Joseph, were elated to finally begin building the family they had dreamed of for so long…

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