Abuse and Neglect Statistics
Annual ReportFiscal Year 1997
Administratively the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is divided into seven different regions. Six of these regions are determined geographically. The term "downstate regions" applies to all of Illinois outside of Cook county. Downstate is comprised of three geographically established areas called Northern, Central and Southern regions. Cook county is divided into four regions. Three of the Cook regions reflect their location in Cook county and are call Cook North, Cook Central and Cook South. A fourth "region" is called Cook Administration. For reporting purposes, this "region" is composed of investigations done by the Chicago Police Department and Catholic Charities. Each region provides child protection and child welfare services to children and families in their respective areas.
Tables 5 and 6 reflect the number of children reported and "indicated" as child abuse/neglect victims by regions. Rather than looking at the numbers of children reported in each region, the reporting "rate per 1,000" provides a betterindication of what is occurring in the regions. Both the Central and Southern regions have a much higher reporting rate, 52.4 and 50.8 respectively, for their child population than any of the other regions. In Cook, although the reporting rate is not quite as high, there is a disparity between a reporting rate of 28.6 for Cook North and the other two Cook regions which have a reporting rate in the 40s per 1,000. The regional distribution of reporting rates for "indicated" child victims is not quite as wide but even in this category both Cook North and the Northern region are lower than the other areas with an "indicated" reporting rate of only 10 children per 1,000.
Specific information on both the number of family reports and the number of children reported and "indicated" for child abuse/neglect is provided by county in Table 7 and Table 8. The county breakdown demonstrates the broad spectrum of reporting rates statewide. It extends from a rate of 69.9 children per 1,000 in Vermilion county to 14.9 in Dupage county. For "indicated" reports the rates have less disparity, ranging from 29.8 per 1,000 in Christian county to 4.9 in Hardin county.