DCFS Again Bans Admissions to Springfield Facility

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Springfield child welfare organization has put its chief executive officer on paid administrative leave after state officials reinstated a ban on new admissions to the facility, citing child safety.

The Hope Institute for Children and Families said Tuesday that CEO Karen Foley will be replaced for the time being by chief financial officer Clint Paul. The chairman of Hope’s board said the facility “remains committed to the health, safety and well-being of all children in its care.”

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services ban started Sept. 19. It comes after a previous ban from December through August that The (Springfield) State Journal Register reported was based on a previous investigation into child abuse and neglect.

Foley did not have a listed home telephone number.

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