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  1. Article number 1 - NEVER leave your child alone in a car!
  2. Article number 2 - Keep kids safe when they are in or near water!
  3. Article number 3 - Reporting Abuse or Neglect
  4. Article number 4 - Stopping Child Abuse in Your Community
  5. Article number 5 - Doing Business with DCFS Technical Assistance Program
  6. Article number 6 - DCFS is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of Chief Information Officer.
  • NEVER leave your child alone in a car!

    ​NEVER leave your child alone in a car; even for a minute. Although it might be tempting to leave your child alone in the car while you quickly run into the store, the decision to do so can lead to serious injury or death from heatstroke. Young children are particularly at risk, as their bodies heat up three to five times faster than an adult’s. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911 immediately. Your call could save a life.

    For more information, click here; visit; read the press release and download and print the poster and safety checklist.

  • 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.

  • DCFS is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of Chief Information Officer.

    The CIO will manage the agency’s IT systems, applications and functions, create and deliver strategies and policies and will place great emphasis on the customers internal to the agency so that they may serve the children and families of Illinois. The CIO will use the power of modern technologies, online design and big data to digitalize DCFS in conjunction with the IT Transformation for the State of Illinois.

    Required experience:

    1. Business acumen and strategic perspectives
    2. Computer science, software engineering or information systems
    3. Project management
    4. Agile and lean software development practices
    5. Transitioning an organization from legacy systems
    6. IT Governance.

    In conjunction with the State CIO’s office, 10 technology priorities for DCFS include, but are not limited to:

    1. Analytics and agency’s/business intelligence
    2. Mobile technologies
    3. Cloud storage and computing
    4. Collaboration technologies
    5. Legacy modernization
    6. IT management
    7. Customer relationship management
    8. Virtualization
    9. Security
    10. Enterprise Resource Planning

    Monthly salary range: $4,295.00 - $12,128.00
    Email resume to: 


    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