February 23, 2006

DCFS vows new policy for priest abuse cases

Chicago Tribune

By Ofelia Casillas and Manya A. Brachear
Tribune staff reporters
Published February 23, 2006

The state's child welfare agency said Wednesday that it is investigating new abuse allegations against Rev. Daniel McCormack, who has been charged with sexually abusing three boys.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has received complaints from five additional minors or their parents over the last three to four weeks, according to a source familiar with the investigation.

Meanwhile, DCFS Director Bryan Samuels vowed that future allegations of abuse against priests will be handled differently than the agency's initial investigation of McCormack.

Problems arose with that investigation because the agency had no specific policy for dealing with priests, Samuels said.

Posted by kshaw at February 23, 2006 07:53 AM