DCFS director says he’ll try to get more federal funding

CHICAGO (AP) — The head of Illinois’ child welfare agency says he’s headed to Washington D.C. to investigate more potential federal funding sources.

Department of Children and Family Services director George Sheldon told reporters Tuesday he thinks the agency hasn’t taken advantage of resources other than state money. He has meetings with several federal agencies this week.

Gov. Bruce Rauner named Sheldon to the post this year. His leadership comes as DCFS faces potential budget cuts.

Sheldon says there’s still time until cuts are final, so he’s going to focus on improvements he can make in the meantime. He wants to update technology and reduce bureaucracy.

Sheldon is the former head of Florida’s child welfare agency and a former Democratic lawmaker in that state. He spoke Tuesday before the City Club of Chicago.