The Direct Service Child Welfare Employee Licensure Board


Illinois statute established a nine-member Child Welfare Employee License Board to hold the final decision-making authority on suspension, revocation or reinstatement of all Child Welfare Employee Licenses.

The CWEL program provides staff to the Board through the Office on Training and Work Force Development.  The Office of Inspector General, the Office of Legal Services and the Administrative Hearings Unit provide expert advisers to the Board.  The Board also holds authority to design and recommend refinement of the rules governing the whole licensure program to the Department Director.

The Board is represented in review of all incoming licensure complaints and participates in determining whether to initiate an investigation into the matter presented.

Terms of Appointment to the Board

No one person may serve longer than six consecutive years.  Board appointment terms are staggered so that three members will serve for one more years, three members will serve for two more years and three will serve for three years.  Board members are appointed to three year terms by the IDCFS Director.

Board Composition

The Child Welfare Employee Licensing Board has nine member representatives.  These are:

n        Five professionals licensed within their respective professions, with at least two from the not-for-profit sector and one from the public sector

n        Two faculty members of an accredited university with child welfare experience

n        Two members of the general public who clearly represent consumer interest



   Members of the Direct Services Child Welfare Employee Licensing Board                                                    (January 1, 2004)





End of Term

Mary Debose

Children’s Home & Aid Society

Not-for-profit Child Welfare Agency


Nov. 1,  2005

Barbara Jackson

University of Chicago

Faculty of accredited University-- School of Social Work


Nov. 1, 2006

Sandra Kopels

University of Illinois at Urbana

Faculty of accredited University-- School of Social Work



Nov. 1, 2004

Marnita Martin-Harris

Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

Public Sector Child Welfare and AFSCME


Nov. 1, 2004

Terry Solomon

African-American Family Commission

General Public representing consumer interests


Nov. 1, 2006

James Scherrer,


Catholic Charities/University of Illinois at Chicago

Faculty of accredited University -School of Social Work and not-for-profit provider



Nov. 1, 2004

Rick Velasquez

Youth Outreach Services

Not-for-profit Child Welfare Agency


Nov. 1, 2005

Elizabeth Richmond

Foster Parent

General Public representing consumer interests


Nov. 1, 2005

Karl Menninger, II

Department of Health and Human Services

Public Sector Human Services


Nov. 1, 2006