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DCFS Director Marc Smith held in contempt of court for third time

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COOK COUNTY, Ill. (WREX) — The director of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has been accused of violating a teenage boy's rights. 

A Cook County judge held DCFS Director Marc Smith in contempt of court for a third time in the past week.

This case involves a 17-year-old boy who has been in a psychiatric hospital since Sept. 10, 2021 despite being eligible to be placed into another facility or home.

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In court, it was stated that wrongly keeping the boy in a psychiatric facility is costing taxpayers $1,000 a day, or $30,000 a month.

The first two cases that Smith was held in contempt of court on were similar cases—children being held in a facility despite being eligible to be placed elsewhere.

In those two cases, the judge said Smith was being held in contempt of court for refusing to follow valid court orders that he could comply with—which were moving the children out of the facilities they were in to an appropriate home.

It was learned in court on Thursday that both the girl and boy in those cases have placed appropriately, allowing the court to purge both contempt findings. 

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