Cardenas Family, Investigators Still Looking for Answers

Following the drowning of 4-year-old Vicente Cardenas earlier this summer, one Wesley Child Care Center parent urges others to share information about the day care center and their experiences with the Department of Child and Family Services.

Dear Fellow Wesley Parents,

Many of us have been sitting on the sidelines, grieving for the Cardenas family, frustrated with the silence, and wondering what we can do to help. As of July 26, officially, . I mean or from DCFS.  

Also, as many of you are aware, . This investigation is centered on the drowning and investigators are directing their attention to only those involved (employees, witnesses, etc).

Many Wesley parents have had their own experiences with the center and those interactions will never be made part of the investigation unless you share them.  

Here’s how you can help:

DCFS (Department of Children and Family Services) is trying to piece together a picture of Wesley Child Care Center but is unable to get any straight information directly from the center. This process is done through attorneys and can take a long time.

These questions from investigators are direct and are meant to answer, mainly, the question of what caused the accident but not necessarily what may have led up to the lack of supervision of this child.  Therefore, it is up to us to provide any/all of the other information necessary to help authorities create an honest picture of how Wesley Child Care was operating its facility and caring for the children leading up to the accident.

I know many of you have encountered a situation with the Wesley center, a question of policy, a preventable injury to your child, a lapse in communication etc. This is the type of information needed.

Please call Carolina Bono (DCFS) at 312-636-3178 or carolina.bono@illinois.gov with any information.  What you might think is inconsequential may be vital in helping piece together a larger picture of Wesley Child Care.

Thank you, 

A Wesley parent

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A Glenview Parent August 30, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Thank you Joanna.
Joanna Schneider August 30, 2012 at 09:22 PM
@ConcernedParent, For now, I don't have additional insight into why the investigation report was released now as opposed to earlier or later and what tie it has/does not have to the DCFS investigation. It's a very lengthy report with multiple interviews and hopefully, the story we'll publish later today will answer some long-standing questions. Again, we will include a PDF of the complete report along with the story, so anyone who's interested in reading the report in it's entirety can do so.
A Concerned Parent August 30, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Thanks Joanna!
Joanna Schneider August 31, 2012 at 11:21 AM
For those of you who have been awaiting an update story, here's the latest: http://patch.com/A-xyTp
Joanna Schneider August 31, 2012 at 05:38 PM
And two additional updates: 1. Cardenas Family: Wesley Child Care Was ‘Grossly Negligent http://patch.com/A-xyMs 2. Wesley Responds to Glenview Police Drowning Report http://patch.com/A-xzyg I've heard from several Wesley parents wanting to share their stories and how this has affected children at Wesley. If there there are additional families who would like to speak with Patch, feel free to reach out directly as we're working on follow-up stories: joanna@patch.com


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