Report: Illinois Fails To Monitor Runaways
An audit has found that Illinois does a poor job monitoring and tracking children who run away from foster homes.
Auditor General William Holland reported Thursday the Department of Children and Family Services does not keep reports on the total number of missing children in a year or their previous locations.
In 2011 and 2012, DCFS estimated as many as 3,100 children went missing in up to 29,200 separate incidents. But they were not all runaways. They included wards of the state whose caregivers did not know their whereabouts.
The report also noted shortfalls in tracking how timely authorities were notified when necessary.
A DCFS spokeswoman did not have an immediate comment. The audit says the agency agreed with the findings and is reviewing procedures.