- April 16, 2003 - The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
announced today that its DeKalb Field Office has been accredited by the
nationally recognized New York-based Council on Accreditation for Children
and Family Services (COA).
to acknowledge the hard work and long hours staff dedicated to achieving
this accomplishment," said DCFS Director Jess McDonald. "Without
their commitment to improving services to children, this achievement would
still be merely a future goal."
office serves children and families in Dekalb and Ogle counties. The staff
consists of seven Child Protection Service Workers, five Child Welfare
Specialists and several support personnel.
only the second state child welfare agency in the United States to achieve
accreditation and is currently the largest public child welfare agency
in the nation to obtain this goal. Sixty-five of the 74 local DCFS field
offices have obtained this high standard of child welfare practice, and
the remaining nine offices are next in line to complete this task.
The COA accreditation
process mainly involves comprehensive reviews of case files to ensure
that documentation supports family needs, particularly as they relate
to COA child welfare national standards of Best Practice.
have seen the results of meeting COA standards throughout the agency.
Every time a local office completes the accreditation process, DCFS proves
just how dedicated our employees are to Illinois children and their families,"
said Director McDonald.
Some of the
signs of progress include:
being re-abused after DCFS involvement
Fewer children being removed from their home
Fewer children in substitute care
of accreditation include increased client participation, improved internal
operations, a greater accountability to DCFS clients, statewide uniformity
in case files, and improved case management and documentation.
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The Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services is an international,
not-for-profit, standard-setting accrediting body that measures an organization's
compliance with national standards of best practice that have achieved
professional and consumer consensus.