IL (July 9, 2003) - The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)
will host a reception to introduce its new management team. Under the
direction of Director Bryan Samuels, the Department re-designed its management
structure to emphasize teamwork, collaboration, innovation, and communication.
The new structure represents a more integrated, comprehensive approach
to effectively delivering high quality services to children in state care.
new management structure emphasizes collaboration," said Samuels.
"By increasing our information-sharing capacity, the Department will
be able to successfully move toward inclusive decision-making practices."
will be held on Wednesday at the DuSable Museum, 740 E. 56th Place in
Chicago, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., Samuels will discuss the
structure and how it will impact the Agency's work, and introduce the
The new structure
supports the priorities of the Department which are: protecting and serving
the abused and neglected children of Illinois who come into the Agency's
care; building an efficient system around the needs of the children DCFS
serves, and providing wards with an array of quality services that reflect
utilized an aggressive outreach and interview process to identify the
new management team. Approximately 50 people were interviewed, including
existing staff members and outside candidates.
you look at the deputy director level of the Agency, you'll see significant
diversity," said Samuels. "There are five African Americans,
two Hispanics and three Caucasians. Five are new to the agency and five
are veterans. We succeeded in finding a good mix of skills and ethnic
diversity while maintaining a balance of stability and change. In short,
we've found the team we're looking for."
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services