Child Welfare Employee Licensing Program
The purpose of the IDCFS Child Welfare Employee Licensing Program is to implement Rule 412.†† Here is the work breakdown:
Employees Requiring a Direct Service Child Welfare Employee License
Current direct service child welfare employees and their supervisors who work in either the public or private sector are mandated by P.A. 92-0471 to hold a license beginning January 1, 2001.
Included are staff or supervisors of staff responsible for functions listed below:
Child Protection Services for children as defined by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services except persons who work at SCR.
Case Management Services for families and children in substitute care as defined by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and †including those employees who have case work responsibilities and carry cases in their names or their supervisors.† To further assist in understanding who this includes the following are examples of position functions that are license-required:
Licensing Services for foster homes as defined by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services under Rule 402.
Permanency Services for children including adoption or guardianship as defined by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
Family Services for children who remain at home (intact family service providers) or
reunite with their parents, including staff whose work includes:
Position titles vary between agencies in the private sector.† For example, here is a list of common DCFS and private sector child welfare position titles that require a CWEL:
Examples of child welfare position titles that do not currently require a license are:
n Stabilization Services Workers
n Screening Assessment and Support Services (SASS) Workers
n Intensive Therapeutic Services (ITS) Workers
n Residential Workers who do not make primary case decisions
n Administrative Case Reviewers
n State Central Registry Operators (found at DCFS only)
n Comprehensive Community-Based Youth Service (CCBYS) Workers
n Daycare Licensing Representatives
n Agency and Institution Licensing Representatives
n DCFS Consent Unit Workers.