Department of Children and Family Services

We are happy to shine our Partner Spotlight on the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, our state's governmental child welfare agency, serving the needs of families all over Illinois.

The mission of Illinois DCFS is to protect children who are reported to be abused or neglected and to increase their families' capacity to safely care for them; provide for the well-being of children in our care; provide appropriate, permanent families as quickly as possible for those children who cannot safely return home; support early intervention and child abuse prevention activities and work in partnerships with communities to fulfill this mission. Illinois DCFS is the largest child welfare agency to earn accreditation from the Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services. From helping more than 17,500 Illinois children find permanent, loving homes though adoption and reunifying over 23,000 children with their birth families over the last decade; to the licensing of over 11,000 day care facilities; answering of more than 250,000 calls to the Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline and provision of services to 84,000 families annually; the department and its 2,700 staff are dedicated to providing unrivaled professional service to ensure safe, loving homes and brighter futures for every child in Illinois.

For more information regarding Illinois Department of Children and Family Services please visit their website here: DCFS Website