(Springfield, IL) – November 23, 2011. In the wake of the resignation of the scandal tarred and feathered ex-Director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services in September, Governor Pat Quinn today announced a replacement for Erwin McEwen.
Quinn tapped lifelong social worker Richard Calica as the new DCFS chief.
“Richard Calica’s decades of experience in caring for neglected and abused children bolster our efforts towards building a better future for all Illinois children,” said Quinn.
“It is my highest priority to ensure the safety of our children and I am honored to accept this new mission to help and protect children who are abused and neglected,” Calica said.
Calica, the ex-Chairman of the Child Care Association of Illinois, currently leads the Chicago-based Juvenile Protective Association as executive director, a position he has held for 33 years.
Calica has also served on the faculty of the Institute for Clinical Social Work and at the Loyola University of Chicago School of Social Work.
In addition, Calica served as chairman of the Governor’s Task Force on Family Preservation from 1993-1994 under Governor Jim Edgar and currently serves as chair of the DCFS Risk Assessment Advisory Committee.