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Springfield IL 62701-1498
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Recent Releases
Date Release Name
November 15, 2013

DCFS Director Richard Calica Resigns Due to Serious Medical Illness

November 1, 2013

Governor's Proclamation for Adoption Awareness Month

October 30, 2013

Governor's Proclamation for Safe Sleep Awareness Month

October 30, 2013

DCFS Highlights ABCs of Safe Sleep as Safe Sleep Month Comes to a Close

October 2, 2013

DCFS reminds parents and caregivers to follow the ABCs of Safe Sleep.

October 2, 2013

EDUCATION LEADERS BACK CAMPAIGN TO STOP CHILD ABUSE
"You are Not Alone" campaign to reach over one million Illinois students

September 20, 2013

DCFS TO KIDS: "YOU ARE NOT ALONE"
Campaign in Illinois schools aims to stop child abuse, help victims

May 22, 2013

STATEMENT REGARDING WEST AURORA SCHOOL DISTRICT 129

May 1, 2013

Governor’s Proclamation for Childhood Drowning Prevention Month

May 1, 2013

DCFS Urges Parents to Prevent Childhood Drownings

May 1, 2013

Get Waterwise…SUPERVISE! Drowning Prevention Fact Sheet

April 1, 2013

Governor’s Proclamation for Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 1, 2013

Advocates Launch Child Abuse Prevention Push

April 1, 2013

Child Abuse Prevention Month Poster

March 16, 2013

FY14 Budget Briefing Presentation

January 10, 2013

DCFS: Illinois Child Deaths Skyrocket in 2012

December 27, 2012

Child Sex Abuse Increasing Downstate

December 27, 2012

Map of Sex Abuse Victims FY12

December 13, 2012

DCFS Investigation Uncovers Animal Hoarding in Glenview

December 03, 2012

Statement From DCFS Regarding Maine Township High School District 207

November 28, 2012

DCFS Launches Hi-Tech Child Abuse Hotline System

November 16, 2012

Child Abuse And Neglect Reports Rising In Downstate Illinois

November 16, 2012

MAP- Child Abuse Rates by County

November 8, 2012

Illinois Honors Adoptive Parents

July 9, 2012

DCFS IV-E Demonstration Project Proposal Available for Review and Comment

November 25, 2011

Governor Quinn Appoints Director of DCFS

August 18, 2011

Governor Quinn Signs Bill to Expand Emergency Access to Life-Saving Allergy Medicine for Children

May 11, 2011

DCFS Employee Receive Charles Edwards Leadership Award

May 1, 2011

Drowning Prevention Month 2011

January 31, 2010

SSA Alumni Symposium

January 15, 2010

Important Information Regarding Supplement to Hill vs. Erickson Consent Decree

January 1, 2010

NQIC-DR selects Illinois Pathways to Supporting and Strengthening Families

August 25, 2009

Governor Quinn Signs Child Welfare Reform Laws

June 30, 2009

Supplemental Order to Enforce Consent Decree

Oct. 13, 2008

DCFS - Innovations and Call to Action

May 28, 2008

2008 Cook Region Permanency Enhancement Symposium

May 1, 2008

DCFS Offices Celebrate Foster Parent Appreciation Month 2008

April 8, 2008

Deputy Governor Louanner Peters salutes Save Abandoned Babies Day in Illinois

April 1, 2008

First Lady Patricia Blagojevich launches Child Abuse Prevention Month in Illinois

April 1, 2008

DCFS-Supported Homelessness Prevention Program Wins Two National Awards

Dec. 16, 2007

Bulls Players Celebrate the Holidays with Local Families on Sunday

Dec. 5, 2007 Gov. Blagojevich appoints Erwin McEwen as Illinois Director of Children and Family Services
Nov. 8, 2007 Mexican Consulate and DCFS Renew Historic Agreement(English and Spanish versions)
Aug. 24, 2007 DCFS Honors Foster and Adoptive Families at DuQuoin State Fair
Aug. 17, 2007 DCFS Welcomes Thousands to Illinois State Fair on Foster and Adoptive Families Day
May 11, 2007 Illinois Recognized as National Leader in Child Abuse Prevention
May 2, 2007 Gov. Blagojevich proclaims Childhood Drowning Prevention Month in Illinois; Initiative calls for public awareness to safeguard children
April 17, 2007 State and Local Government Partner to Offer Mandated Reporter Online Training to Report Child Abuse
April 2, 2007 Local child advocacy organizations and state agencies kick off Child Abuse Prevention Month
Nov. 14, 2006 Children And Families Celebrate Anniversary of Illinois' "Safe Haven Law"
Oct. 16, 2006 Gov. Blagojevich announces $1.5 million in new funding to help parents with meth addictions in Southern Illinois
Aug. 18, 2006 DCFS Director Introduces New Youth Programs During State Fair Visit
Aug. 10, 2006 DCFS Scholars "Find their Future" in Professional Internships
Apr. 22, 2006 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services hosts community prevent child abuse walk and resource fair for families
Apr. 3, 2006 DCFS Director Bryan Samuels and Senator Dick Durbin join Child Advocacy Organizations and State Agencies to Kick-Off Child Abuse Prevention Month
Apr. 3, 2006

Deputy Chief of Staff for Social Services Louanner Peters Joins Child Advocacy Organizations and State Agencies to Kick-Off Child Abuse Prevention Month

Feb. 22, 2006 Joint Statement by Director of DCFS, Bryan Samuels and Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Jimmy M. Lago
Feb. 15, 2006 Governor‘s budget plan for DCFS focuses on meeting at-risk children‘s long-term needs
Feb. 10, 2006 United Methodist Children‘s Home and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services partner to create innovative foster care program
Jan. 13, 2006 Bulls Players Celebrate Holidays With Local Families
Dec. 21, 2005 DCFS Supervisor Honored by Child Advocacy Center
Dec. 5, 2005 Jimi Anne Lawrence, former DCFS Director, Dies
Nov. 29, 2005 DCFS International Adoption Expert Receives National Award
Nov. 18, 2005 Illinois Celebrates Adoptions during National Adoption Month
Nov. 15, 2005 Significant Jury Verdict Upholds DCFS Actions
Nov. 9, 2005 DCFS Staff Member Aids Hurricane Katrina Victims
Nov. 9, 2005 DCFS Hosts 17TH Annual Hispanic Family Institute Latino Children: Preserving Them Within the Family, Within our Community
Nov. 2, 2005 Heart Gallery of Illinois takes unique, interactive approach to adoption at state’s first exhibit of its kind
Oct. 14, 2005 Latino Consortium Hosts Hispanic Family Institute Kick-Off Event
Oct. 14, 2005 DCFS Administrator Recognized for Leadership in Prevention Services
Sep. 27, 2005 Pictures that Touch the Heart; New Photo Exhibit Helps Older Children Find Adoptive Homes
Aug. 27, 2005 Governor Blagojevich gives PATH Award to Du Quoin couple for fostering over 70 children
Aug. 20, 2005 DCFS director honored for child welfare mental health efforts
Aug. 14, 2005 Governor Blagojevich signs legislation establishing Illinois as national model for adoption reform
Aug. 12, 2005 DCFS Offers Family Photos at State Fair and Helps Protect Children
Aug. 1, 2005 College Students Find Promising Futures Through DCFS Summer Internship Program
July 20, 2005 DCFS Awards College Scholarships Totaling Over $700,000 To 48 Students Statewide
June 14, 2005 Governor Blagojevich signs bill making Illinois ‘Safe’ Havens for Abandoned Babies Act permanent; Reminds public that law protects parents who turn newborns over safely
June 15, 2005 Gov. Blagojevich signs legislation expanding mental health services for children in state care
June 6, 2005 Students Find Promising Futures Through New DCFS Internship Program
June 6, 2005 DCFS "Find Your Future" Internship Fact Sheet
June 3, 2005 Governor’s Path Award Presented to Rev. Phoenix Barnes
May 27, 2005 Statewide agencies join forces to urge adult supervision for children in or near water
May 24, 2005 Zone Coach Gives "Think Like a Champion" Seminar For Illinois Youth in Child Welfare System
May 22, 2005 Chicago Fire Department Donates Over 500 Smoke Detectors to DCFS Families
May 20, 2005 2005 Foster Parent Law Implementation Plan Winners Announced
April 29, 2005 Governor‘s PATH Award Presented to Alternative Schools Network
April 25, 2005 Chicago Fire Department Donates Over 500 Smoke Detectors to DCFS Families
April 11, 2005 DCFS Joins Save Abandoned Babies Foundation Along With Public Safety and Health Groups to Launch New Public Awareness Campaign
April 1, 2005 First Lady Patti Blagojevich Raises Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect and Highlights Success of Illinois Child Abuse Prevention Programs
Mar. 17, 2005 DCFS Names 30-Year Chicago Police Veteran To Law Enforcement Liaison Post
Mar. 17, 2005 Runaway Report' Reflects New Direction For DCFS
Feb 16, 2005 Governor’s budget plan for DCFS focuses on improving positive lifetime outcomes
Jan. 25, 2005 Illinois is One Of Seven States Selected For Pilot Program
Jan. 4, 2005 Director Bryan Samuels receives community award
Dec. 10, 2004 DCFS hosts Anniversary Symposium to explore the future of child welfare
Dec. 2, 2004 Department of Children and Family Services, Chicago Public Schools and State Board of Education partner to improve education outcomes
Nov. 19, 2004 First Lady Patti Blagojevich joins DCFS in support of Illinois Celebrates Adoption and National Adoption Day
Oct. 12, 2004 DCFS Becomes Nation’s First State Child Welfare Agency To Earn Reaccreditation
Oct. 8, 2004 DCFS Announces Major Reforms: "Lifetime" Approach to Child Welfare Services in Illinois
Sept. 15, 2004 High Sierra Sport Company joins forces with DCFS to provide
book bags to over 500 youth in need
August 30, 2004 DCFS goes door to door to increase school attendance
August 30, 2004 Statewide agencies urge the public to practice water safety during the upcoming
Labor Day weekend
August 24, 2004 DCFS honors foster and adoptive families at annual DuQuoin State Fair picnic, while strengthening it’s ability to find missing wards
August 13, 2004 DCFS strengthens it’s ability to find missing wards by updating digital photos of foster children at the State Fair
July 27, 2004 Governor Blagojevich signs bill expanding save havens for abandoned newborn babies
July 22, 2004 Connie Payton celebrates her 50th birthday giving instead of receiving
July 20, 2004 Foot Locker, Sears and Target present gift certificates to graduating foster children to honor their achievement
July 15, 2004 DCFS announces partnership with new Bloomington agency to improve access to child welfare services and enhance community relations
June 14, 2004 DCFS, Chicago Mexican Consulate sign agreement in days leading up to President Fox’s arrival
June 4, 2004 Lawmakers pass sibling rights resolution submitted by foster children
May 13, 2004 Illinois urges families to open their homes to children in need
May 3, 2004 DCFS honors law enforcement officers who helped reduce population of missing wards
April 16, 2004 Elected officials and community leaders join DCFS director in State’s first walk against child abuse and neglect
April 1, 2004 Key Agencies Team Up to Keep Kids SAFE AT HOME™
March 16, 2004 April 17th Community Event Notice for Garfiled Park
February 25, 2004 DCFS Statewide Youth Advisory Board proposes a new Sibling Rights Resolution to lawmakers
February 18, 2004 Governor’s budget plan for DCFS reflects strategic focus on accountability and providing high quality services to Illinois children and families
February 11, 2004 DCFS announces new policy that limits the number of unrelated children placed in foster homes
January 17, 2004 DCFS youth speak out about foster care and adoption experiences
December 6, 2003 Governor Announces Major Improvement in DCFS' Efforts to Find Missing Children
November 7, 2003 2003 Adoption Excellence Awards issued to three Illinois programs/families
November 5, 2003 DCFS launches new 24-hour Missing Child Unit
October 27, 2003 First DCFS town hall meeting encourages dialogue between the department and community residents
October 3, 2003 Governor, Maryville Academy and DCFS Announce New Vision For Des Plaines
October 3, 2003 Governor Blagojevich, Maryville Academy and DCFS Joint Statement on the new vision for Maryville’s Des Plaines Campus
September 19, 2003 DCFS announces new Maryville Agreement
July 14, 2003 DNA Results Show Eli Quick’s Biological Mother Is Downstate Woman Laura Trandel
July 8, 2003 DCFS Unveils Its New Management Team
June 23 , 2003 DCFS Director Announces Management Team Redesign
June 3 , 2003 Key Agencies Join Forces To Urge Adult Supervision For Children In Or Near Water
April 28, 2003 DCFS Honors Illinois Law Enforcement In Observance Of National Missing Children’s Day
May 9, 2003 Missing Persons Reports Filed On Missing DCFS Wards
May 4, 2003 Save The Abandoned Baby Day
May 2 , 2003 DCFS And SIU Partner To Provide Downstate Network For Child Abuse Cases
April 28, 2003 Blagojevich Taps DCFS Task Force Chair To Head Troubled Child Welfare Agency
April 23, 2003 Kankakee Office Achieves Accreditation
April 22, 2003 Cairo Office Achieves Accreditation
April 22, 2003 Anna Office Achieves Accreditation
April 16, 2003 Dekalb Office Achieves Accreditation
April 9 , 2003 Governor Proposes DCFS Budget To Meet New Child Welfare Challenges
April 7, 2003 Save Abandoned Babies Day Event Nets $5,000 Challenge Grant
March 28, 2003 Event To Promote Awareness Of Abandoned Newborn Safe Haven Law
March 25, 2003 DCFS And Prevent Child Abuse Illinois Team Up To Keep Kids SAFE AT HOME
November 27, 2002 DHHS Honors 5 Illinois Winners Of National Adoption Awards
November 8, 2002 Top Five Foster Parent Implementation Law Plan Agencies Honored
September 30, 2002 8 DCFS Offices Earn Coa Accreditation
March 5, 2002 CWLA Gives National Award To
DCFS Statewide Youth Advisory Board Member
February 20, 2002 Governor Proposes Budget That Continues Improvements At DCFS
September 27, 2001 Illinois DCFS Reports Dramatic Substitute Care Declines, Strong Adoption Rates
September 7, 2001 2001 Foster Parent Law Implementation Plan Award Winners Named
August 25, 2001 Foster And Adoptive Families Honored At The Duquoin State Fair
August 17, 2001 DCFS Director Jess Mcdonald Lauds Lawmakers For Passage Of The Abandoned Newborn Infant protection ACT
June 26, 2001 Martha Allen Named New DCFS Chief Of Staff
June 20, 2001 One Church One Child Reaches Goal For 2001
June 18 , 2001 Walter Payton Foundation Honors DCFS Foster Children
June 8 , 2001 Tribute To Ron Moorman, President Of The Child Care Association
May 1, 2001 Lincoln Award Goes To Longtime DCFS Partner
April 2, 2001 Statistics Show Decline In Child Abuse
February 21, 2001 Governor’s Children & Family Services Budget Continues Improvement In Services To Abused And Neglected Children
November 20, 2000 Governor Ryan Announces Illinois Receives $5.3 Million Bonus For Increasing Adoptions
November 1, 2000 Circuit Court Of Cook County Supports National Adoption Saturday
August 18, 2000 DCFS Presents Awards To Scholarship Recipients At The Illinois State Fair
August 16, 2000 African American Adoption Program Honors Adoptive And Foster Parents Of The Year
July 10, 2000 DCFS Becomes Nation’s Largest Child Welfare Agency To Achieve Accreditation
March 31, 2000 DCFS And Congressman Davis Launch Safe Child Initiative
March 28, 2000 Prevent Child Abuse-Illinois And DCFS Team Up To Keep Kids Safe At Home
February 2, 2000 Governor’s Budget For DCFS Supports Continued Permanency For Children
January 24, 2000 Klingler Offers Legislative Scholarships To DCFS And Foster Parent Association
November 30, 1999 DCFS Among "Adoption 2002" Excellence Awards Recipients For Second Consecutive Year
November 9, 1999 DCFS Elgin Field Office Earns Accreditation
September 24, 1999 President Clinton Gives Illinois Lion’s Share Of Adoption Funds, Illinois Praised For Record Setting Adoptions
September 20, 1999 East St. Louis Area Hospitals Join Statewide Campaign To Find Adoptive Homes For Illinois Children
September 15, 1999 Ministers Of Statewide Adoption Program Honor Parents
August 28, 1999 Record Adoption Numbers Earn Illinois National Lead
July 26, 1999 Wednesday’s Child To Help Find Homes For Chicago Area Foster Children
July 13, 1999 Two Springfield Hospitals Join
Statewide Adoption Recruitment Campaign
June 18, 1999 DCFS Announces Accreditation
Of Four Cook County Offices
June 16, 1999 Peoria Field Office Becomes Accredited
June 16, 1999 Pekin Field Office Becomes Accredited
June 15, 1999 Decatur Field Office Becomes Accredited
June 15, 1999 Bloomington Field Office Becomes Accredited
May 26, 1999 Springfield Field Office Becomes Accredited
May, 1999 DCFS Recruiting Foster Parents
During Foster Parent Appreciation Month
April 26, 1999 DCFS Announces New Child Abuse Prevention Campaign
February 17, 1999 Governor’s Budget For Children & Family Services Continues To Improve Safety And Permanency For Children
January 8, 1999 Kankakee DCFS Office Relocates To New Downtown Site
December 18,  1998 First Lady Brenda Edgar Reads To Adopted Children
December 1,  1998 Presiding Judge Of Nation’s Oldest Juvenile Court Lauded For National Leadership In Child Welfare
November 24, 1998 Governor & Mrs. Edgar, DCFS Receive National Adoptions Award
November 1, 1998 Prospective Parents Sought During Adoption Awareness Month
November 1, 1998 Tenth Annual Hispanic Family Conference Celebrates Decade Of Opening Hearts And Minds
September 30, 1998 Construction Begins On New DCFS Field Office
July 30, 1998 Unique DCFS Program Opens New Worlds To Abused And Neglected Children
July 30, 1998 DCFS Works To Prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Cases (Letter Sent To Editors Statewide)
July 24, 1998 Governor Announces Record High Numbers Of Adoptions For Illinois Foster Children
July 17, 1998 Champaign Couple Honored By One Church One Child Adoption Program
June 17, 1998 Report Highlights Safety Of Children In Foster Care
May 14, 1998 Government Report Shows Decline In Repeat Child Abuse And Neglect
May 5, 1998 DCFS Recruiting Foster Parents During Foster Parent Appreciation Month
April 8, 1998 Governor Edgar Announces Adoption Initiative
April 1, 1998 Local Agencies Honored In Child Abuse Prevention Month Observance
January 16, 1998 DCFS Director & Cca Executive Director Ask People To Consider Foster Parenting
December 17, 1997 DCFS Director Announces Ninth Annual Hispanic Family Conference "Compadres Somos Todos: Kinship’ Community, And Beyond"
November 19, 1997 DCFS And Saint Paul Missionary Baptist Church Honor The Adoptive Parents Of The Year At Annual Meeting
November 19, 1997 Winners Announced In Adoption Essay Contest
November 19, 1997 DCFS, Juvenile Protective Association Recognized For Successful Partnership 
November 17, 1997 Prospective Parents Sought During Adoption Awareness Month
September 5, 1997 DCFS Receives First E-Mail Child Abuse Call
August 17, 1997 DCFS Director Jess Mcdonald Receives "Motorola Excellence In Public Service Award"
July 30, 1997 Glen Ellyn Among First DCFS Sites To Receive National Accreditation
July 24, 1997 New Chief And Deputy Chief Of Communications Appointed At DCFS
June 6, 1997 DCFS Sponsors Conference For Pregnant And Parenting Teens
May 8, 1997 Illinois Secretary Of Human Services Designate Howard Peters Honors Southern Illinois Vista Volunteers
April 11, 1997 First Lady And Marshall Field’s Team Up To Support Foster Care
January 16, 1997 Illinois Child Abuse/Neglect Death Report

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