DCFS faces serious budget cuts

DCFS faces serious budget cuts

<p>SPRINGFIELD -- DCFS will lose millions in this year's proposed budget, and that could make it harder for struggling families to get the help they need. </p>

DCFS is expected to lose more than $27 million under this year's budget. Reps say that's going to cause a lot of problems, not just for families, but other organizations too.  

Among them, the Mini O'Beirne Nursery in Springfield. It provides day care assistance for struggling parents. Some kids stay at the home for days or even weeks on end. The organization depends on state funding to stay afloat. Karen Cox is the Director of the nursery and is worried about the cuts. She says they may have to scale back on a number of services. 

"A lot of the families that utilize the nursery are going to be in a bad situation because they won't have anywhere to go," said Cox. "Sometimes we're the last resort because they don't have family or friends that can take care of their kids or their homeless. This is a place for their kids to stay."

DCFS is also going to have to find a way to lay off about 375 workers because of the cuts. Governor Quinn still has to sign off on the proposed budget. The new fiscal year begins July 1st.

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