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DCFS local field office earns accreditation

KANKAKEE, Ill. – April 23, 2003 – The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services announced today that its Kankakee Field Office has been accredited by the nationally recognized New York-based Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services (COA).

“I want 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.”

The Kankakee office serves children and families in Kankakee County. The staff consists of  four investigators, seven follow-up staff, two licensing staff, two resource staff and several support personnel.

DCFS became 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.

“We 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:

  • Fewer children being re-abused after DCFS involvement
  • Fewer children being removed from their home
  • Fewer children in substitute care

Benefits 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. 

Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

Kankakee Field Office

County

Fiscal Years

Child Case Openings

Indicated Victims

Protective Custodies Taken

Kankakee

99

00

01

02

03

75

87

53

62

30

424

535

436

411

237

85

83

67

61

24


Contact:

Jill Manuel
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
312-814-6847

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