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  1. Article number 1 - April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
  2. Article number 2 - Children in Need of a Forever Family
  3. Article number 3 - Reporting Abuse or Neglect
  4. Article number 4 - Stopping Child Abuse in Your Community
  • April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

    ​Show your support for child abuse prevention efforts in your community!

    • Please join us at the kickoff event nearest you
    • Download the poster
    • Wear blue on April 7 to show your support for strong families and healthy kids
    • Learn the warning signs of child abuse and neglect
    • Call 1-800-25-ABUSE if you suspect a child is being abused or neglected
    • Read Governor's Rauner's proclamation
    • Download and share our audio PSA in English or en español
  • Children in Need of a Forever Family

    ​​Every child deserves to grow up safe, secure and loved. Children from all across the state of all ages, backgrounds and abilities are taken into temporary care when it is not safe for them to remain at home. Many are in need of a loving home not only for themselves, but also a little brother or sister. Most children waiting to be adopted are living temporarily with loving relatives or licensed foster families. Some live in larger, professionally-staffed group settings.

    DCFS maintains an online listing with pictures and descriptions of children in need of a loving family. Please click here or call 312-328-2778 to learn how you can change the life of a child – and your own!

  •  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.