Springfield child welfare organization replaces CEO

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SPRINGFIELD - The chief executive officer of a Springfield child welfare organization has been replaced after Illinois Department of Children and Family Services officials reinstated a ban on new admissions to the facility.

On Tuesday, The Hope Institute for Children and Families announced that chief financial officer Clint Paul would replace CEO Karen Foley.  According to Hope's chairman of the board, the facility "remains committed to the health, safety, and well-being of all children in its care."

State officials are citing child safety as the reason behind the reinstatement of the DCFS ban, which started September 19.  This ban comes after a previous ban that lasted from December through August for an investigation into child abuse and neglect.

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