March 17, 2005 - Department
of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Director Bryan Samuels announced
today he has appointed a 30-year-veteran of the Chicago Police Department
as Law Enforcement Liaison, a newly created position that will help the
agency with issues involving police investigations.
M. Bartik joins DCFS after a three-decade career as a law enforcement
officer. As Law Enforcement Liaison, Bartik will be a link for issues
involving DCFS and law enforcement agencies, such as child abuse investigations,
youth in state care who are missing or are in the juvenile delinquency
or criminal systems.
last 10 years, Bartik was Commander of the Chicago Police Department Juvenile
Advocacy Section (Youth Division). In that role, she formulated policy
for the Chicago Police Department's response to youth issues involving
juveniles as victims and offenders of crimes.
of the Juvenile Advocacy Section, she represented the Chicago Police Department
in its work with Cook County Juvenile Court, DCFS, the Cook County State's
Attorney's Office, Cook County Juvenile Probation Department, Cook County
Juvenile Detention Center, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children,
the Illinois Attorney General's Office, and other community, civic and
are very fortunate to have Roberta Bartik's extensive credentials and
experience on our team," said Director Samuels in announcing the
appointment as he released the findings of a report on the runaway population
in Illinois that was conducted by the Chapin Hall Center for Children.
the last two years, we have made significant changes to the department's
management structure and policy direction as part of a continuing effort
to provide better services for kids who need our help," he said.
"Roberta's appointment is the latest step in that ongoing effort."
managing the Juvenile Advocacy Section, Bartik administered the police
field operations for investigations of all crimes against children, which
included oversight of detectives at the Chicago Children's Advocacy Center.
She was also in charge of the School Patrol Unit that was responsible
for the safety and security of children, staff and visitors to Chicago
Public Schools. Prior to her career in law enforcement, Bartik was a schoolteacher
in Chicago and in a suburban setting.
a licensed attorney and graduated with honors from John Marshall Law School,
where she served as a member of Law Review and received a scholarship
for outstanding achievement from the Women's Bar Association of Illinois.
She also holds a bachelor's degree from St. Xavier University in Chicago
where she majored in education and English.
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services