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Children's Justice Task Force

The Illinois Children’s Justice Task Force is a multidisciplinary, legislatively-mandated advisory group that is charged with making recommendations to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) directed at improving investigative, administrative and judicial handling of child abuse cases in a manner that limits additional trauma to the child victim. Increased focus is placed on cases of child sex abuse/exploitation, child fatalities in cases where abuse or neglect is suspected and cases involving a combination of jurisdictions. The task force was organized in 1989 according to the guidelines in the federal Child Abuse Prevention Treatment Act (CAPTA) and in 1999 it became one of the four Illinois Citizen Review Panels.

The members of the Illinois Children’s Justice Task Force represent legislatively-mandated categories from the fields of child protection, law enforcement, medical, mental health, attorneys for prosecution and defense, criminal and civil court judges, education, children with disabilities, child advocates,  parent advocates, child abuse survivors, individuals knowledgeable about children with disabilities, dually-involved children and children who are homeless. The task force members are appointed by the director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to staggered four-year terms.

Membership List

Meeting Dates

Children’s Justice Task Force Report to the General Assembly – The Urgent Need in Illinois for Unit-Based Multidisciplinary Teams to Investigate Child Abuse, February 2016


​Meeting Agendas ​Meeting Minutes
​November 8, 2017 Meeting Agenda
August 16, 2017 Meeting Agenda August 16, 2017 Meeting Minutes
May 17, 2017 Meeting Agenda May 17, 2017 Meeting Minutes
February 8, 2017 Meeting Agenda February 8, 2017 Meeting Minutes
November 9, 2016 Meeting Agenda November 9, 2016 Meeting Minutes
August 17, 2016 Meeting Agenda
May 11, 2016 Meeting Agenda May 11, 2016 Meeting Minutes
February 10, 2016 Meeting Agenda February 10, 2016 Meeting Minutes
November 6, 2015 Meeting Agenda November 6, 2015 Meeting Minutes
August 12, 2015 Meeting Agenda August 12, 2015 Meeting Minutes
June 15, 2015 Meeting Agenda June 15, 2015 Meeting Minutes
March 5, 2015 Meeting Agenda March 5, 2015 Meeting Minutes