The DCFS Office of Affirmative Action is charged with the responsibility of ensuring that the department complies with civil rights rules and regulations and that the rights of all DCFS employees, applicants and service recipients are protected against unlawful discrimination.
Unlawful areas of discrimination include:
- Sexual orientation
- Gender identity
- Sexual harassment
- National origin
- Physical or mental disability
- Military discharge (unfavorable)
- Marital status
- Citizenship status
- Arrest record
- Aiding and abetting
- Veteran’s status
The responsibilities of the Office of Affirmative Action include, but are not limited to:
- Developing the Affirmative Action Program structure and communicating policy guidelines to all units in collaboration with the director of DCFS
- Coordinating managerial efforts to implement the Affirmative Action Program through appropriate administrative channels and communicating its status to the director
- Issuing such directives as are necessary to the operating units to ensure compliance with the Affirmative Action goals and discussing each unit’s progress toward achieving its established goals with the director or his/her designee
- Counseling employees regarding the merit of complaints
- Offering mediation intervention
- Investigating complaints of discrimination filed internally with the Office of Affirmative Action; and maintaining records of complaints filed externally with other agencies, such as the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or any other appropriate government agency
- Developing and monitoring an annual Affirmative Action Plan which includes specific goals, timetables and monitoring procedures for all DCFS regional offices and administrative units
- Monitoring purchase of service providers’ compliance with contract civil rights requirements
- Conducting affirmative action/equal employment opportunity training sessions
- Participating in employment and foster home recruitment activities
- Serving as the Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator and handling requests for Reasonable Accommodations
- Producing monitoring reports on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis
- Disseminating affirmative action/equal employment opportunity information
- Analyzing layoff reports
- Collaborating with the DCFS Office of Employee Services to address agency underutilization goals in the hiring process
- Identifying issues unique to the Latino, Asian-American, African-American and Native American communities served by the department and making recommendations to address those issues through the African American Advisory Council, Asian American Advisory Council, Latino Advisory Council and the Indian Child Welfare Advisory Council.
Need help or want to know more?
For more information, read the Office of Affirmative Action’s Diversity Enhances Equality brochure in English or en español.