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  1. Article number 1 - Keep kids safe when they are in or near water!
  2. Article number 2 - Reporting Abuse or Neglect
  3. Article number 3 - Stopping Child Abuse in Your Community
  4. Article number 4 - Doing Business with DCFS Technical Assistance Program
  5. Article number 5 - Consider a career in child welfare!
  • Keep kids safe when they are in or near water!

    ​Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children ages one to four.
    Young children drown quickly and silently in as little as one inch of water. For every child who drowns, five more need emergency medical care for injuries that can result in life changing brain damage. The good news is that drowning tragedies can be prevented by constantly supervising children at all times when they are near water.

    For more water safety tips, including a coloring book you can share with your kids, click here.

  •  Reporting Abuse or Neglect

    Reporting Abuse or Neglect

    DCFS has the primary responsibility of protecting children through the investigation of suspected abuse or neglect by parents and other caregivers in a position of trust or authority over the child.

    Call the 24-hour Child Abuse Hotline at 800-25-ABUSE (800-252-2873 or TTY 1-800-358-5117) if you suspect that a child has been harmed or is at risk of being harmed by abuse or neglect. If you believe a child is in immediate danger of harm, call 911 first. Your confidential call will not only make sure the child is safe, but also help provide the child’s family the services they need to provide a safe, loving and nurturing home.

  •  Stopping Child Abuse in Your Community

    Stopping Child Abuse in Your Community

    ​Children are the embodiment of innocence and hope for the future. We all agree that every child deserves to grow up in a nurturing environment where they are loved, cared for, secure, and protected from verbal, sexual, emotional and physical abuse, exploitation, and neglect. Both child abuse and child neglect cause serious harm to child development and have lifelong effects that reduce well-being and productivity and create greater demands on society.

  • Doing Business with DCFS Technical Assistance Program

    ​Agencies and organizations that seek to do business with DCFS can now open a new road map to navigate the procurement process. DCFS has launched the tailored and targeted on-line training, Doing Business with DCFS, which includes a comprehensive how-to guide and a useful resource directory for technical assistance.

  • Consider a career in child welfare!

    DCFS is seeking qualified candidates to fill the following vacancies:

    • Child Welfare Specialist:Champaign, Coles, Fulton, LaSalle, Macon McLean, Rock Island, Sangamon and Winnebago counties
    • Child Welfare Specialist/Spanish Speaking: Cook, Fulton, Lake, LaSalle, Macon, Rock Island, Sangamon and Winnebago counties
    • Child Protection Specialist: Champaign, Coles, Fulton, Kankakee, Knox LaSalle, Macon, Marion, McLean, Morgan, Rock Island, Sangamon, Vermilion, Williamson and Winnebago counties
    • Child Protection Specialist/Spanish Speaking: Cook, Kane, Kankakee, Rock Island and Winnebago counties
    • Public Service Administrator, Opt. 6/Spanish Speaking: Winnebago County
    • Day Care Licensing Representative/Spanish Speaking (DCLR): Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, Stephenson and Winnebago counties
    • Day Care Licensing Representative (DCLR): Statewide
    • Information System Analyst II, Opt. W: Sangamon County
    • Reimbursement Officer: Sangamon County


    Click here to see some of the frequently-filled job titles at DCFS. You may also click here for a list of current key vacancies by county.

    For current available vacancies with the State of Illinois, please visit