Pro Bono News: Butler Rubin Client Cleared Of DCFS Charges

Chicago, March 27, 2012 – An Administrative Law Judge from the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services Administrative Hearings Unit ruled in favor of our client, a recent immigrant from Africa who DCFS wrongfully charged with abusing her daughter following a common, accidental injury that occurred when the mother was in the bathroom. While the child had no physical signs of abuse, DCFS “indicated” the mother for abuse mainly due to a misunderstanding of the child’s injury, miscommunication resulting from the language barrier, and a misunderstanding of her family’s native customs. The mother was listed as a child abuser in the State of Illinois Central Registry for over a year, as DCFS labeled her a child abuser before she had the opportunity for any neutral review of the evidence at a hearing. Following an administrative hearing, at which we presented expert testimony establishing that the injury at issue is commonplace and not suspicious for abuse, the DCFS Administrative Law Judge expunged the abuse finding from the central registry. Butler Rubin accepted this pro bono assignment from the Family Defense Center, a not-for-profit, Chicago-based child and family advocacy center, and Butler Rubin associate, James Sojoodi, represented the mother in these proceedings.