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800-232-3798
217-524-2029

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877-746-0829
312-328-2779

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800-624-KIDS
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800-572-2390

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866-503-0184
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Chicago Administrative Headquarters
100 West Randolph Street 6-200
Chicago IL 60601
312.814.6800
TTD 312.814.8783

Springfield Administrative Headquarters
406 East Monroe
Springfield IL 62701-1498
217.785.2509
TTD 217.785.6605

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312-814-6847

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Margaret Kennedy (May 1977 to January 1979)

When Margaret Kennedy became the DCFS Director in 1979, she had to tell inadequately funded private agencies with the bad news that extra money wouldn’t be arriving for at least a year. At the same time, child abuse reports were growing, and limited staff meant rising backlogs. There were also chronic shortages of foster homes, which resulted in some older Chicago youth being placed into hotel rooms, while younger children were housed in overcrowded foster homes.

More money and additional staff positions gradually trickled in. The Department improved its relations with private agencies, and Kennedy was able to turn attention to training. She work with the American Humane Association to develop specialized child protection training for staff, and provided workshops to police Departments throughout the state. Day care licensing also strengthened during Kennedy’s administration.


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