-- Governor George H. Ryan today proposed a total budget of $1.4 billion
for the state's child welfare agency that will continue improvements in
child safety, permanency and well-being.
combining program innovation, the right investments in key service delivery
areas and successful partnerships with community providers, DCFS has built
on a record of success in serving children more safely and with better
prospects for permanency," Governor Ryan said.
budget supports the core mission of the Department to improve child safety,
permanency and well-being, and specifically calls for:
funding for protective services, which supports a successful strategy
of preventing child removals by serving more children in their own home
with fewer incidents of repeated abuse and neglect;
- an increase
of $18.9 million, or 7.3 percent for adoption and guardianships, reflecting
continued growth in the number of cases leaving substitute care for
adoption and guardianship; and
- a decrease
of $32.6 million, or 8.5 percent, in foster care. This marks the sixth
consecutive year of declines in the number of children in out-of-home
placements. During the current fiscal year, the number of children in
foster care is expected to fall to 21,165-a decline of 9.5 percent and
a total decline of more than 50 percent from the agency's historic peak
of under 50,000 children in 1997.
Governor's on-going commitment to DCFS has enabled the agency to maintain
the necessary resources for managing a service delivery system which emphasizes
improving outcomes for the children and families we serve, " said
DCFS Director Jess McDonald.
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