IL (October 27, 2003) - The Illinois Department of Children and Family
Services' (DCFS) Director Bryan Samuels will host a town hall meeting
today to encourage public dialogue between the department and the families
it serves. The meeting will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Northeastern
Illinois University's Center for Inner City Studies, located at 700 E.
Oakwood Boulevard in Chicago.
is a time for community residents to not only better understand the services
we provide, but also tell us what we're doing right, as well as what we're
doing wrong," said DCFS Director Bryan Samuels. "It's also an
opportunity to begin to create a dialogue about where child welfare should
be going in the future."
this is the first town hall meeting organized by the DCFS Office of External
Affairs under the new management team structure, it is one of many community
outreach efforts underway to improve the relationship between the department
and Illinois' children and families. Director Samuels will introduce the
deputies and appointed designees of the departmental divisions and will
also give a status report on services provided to the community.
will be moderated by Robert T. Starks, Director of the Harold Washington
Institute for Research and Policy Study, and professor of Inner City Studies
and Political Science at Northeastern Illinois University.
has been designed to be an interactive forum for the community,"
said Director Samuels. "Therefore, it is imperative that the community
knows they are needed to make this evening productive. We urge anyone
who comes to be prepared to think about ways we can re-shape and re-mold
the DCFS system in order to better serve the children and families of