Lawsuit Dismissed Seeking to Reinstate Protective Custody Visits

Lawsuit Dismissed Seeking to Reinstate Protective Custody Visits

SPRINGFIELD (AP) – Parents of children in protective custody lost a legal fight Tuesday seeking to compel the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to reinstate in-person visitation during the coronavirus pandemic.

Cook County Circuit Court Judge Caroline Moreland Tuesday dismissed the lawsuit filed by the public defender’s office on behalf of four mothers who said their rights to equal protection under the Constitution were being violated by the indefinite suspension of in-person visits with their children.

Moreland pointed in her ruling all the plaintiffs had pending emergency motions in their individual cases to deal with visitation.

The court also sided with DCFS, saying the Child Protection Act allows state officials the right to immediately suspend the visits in the interest of a child’s health and well-being.