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  1. Article number 1 - October is Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month
  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 - DCFS Salutes Hispanic Heritage Month
  • October is Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month

    Unsafe sleep is a leading cause of death for children one year old and younger. Between 2009 and 2014, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services investigated nearly 150 child deaths related to unsafe sleep. Keep your baby safe by learning the ABCs of safe sleep. Babies should sleep ALONE, on their BACKS in a safe CRIB with a firm mattress. Keep crib bumpers, stuffed animals, pillows, blankets and everything else out of the crib.

    Read Governor Rauner's Proclamation and the press release.

    For more sleep safety tips, click here.

    You may also print out ABCs of Safe Sleep Tip Sheet and listen to the Public Service Announcement.

  •  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.