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Prospective Employee:

Thank you for your interest in employment with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is the state agency charged with safeguarding the welfare of Illinois children.

This broad mission includes an array of social work activities, ranging from investigating reports of abuse and neglect, keeping families together by providing supportive services to ease family problems, arranging for appropriate substitute care for children when they must be removed from their homes, and developing long-term plans for abused and neglected children.

DCFS staff are involved in a wide variety of other professional activities which include recruiting and training foster parents, arranging access to education, health, and specialized services for children in care, working with families toward reunification, arranging adoptions, supervising services provided by private agencies, and coordinating with the legal system. We continuously strive to identify and hire professionals to advance the mission of this agency.

We encourage you to take full advantage of all the knowledge and resources that DCFS Selection and Recruitment staff can provide to assist you through the application process. DCFS Selection and Recruitment acts as a link for candidates by its participation in recruitment activities, community events and other outreach programs designed to educate and assist in the application process. Again, thank you for your interest in employment with DCFS.

Individuals interested in employment with the State of Illinois, please contact the main employment web page at:

Individuals interested in employment with the Department of Children and Family Services with questions can contact the Office of Employee Services' Recruitment and Selection Unit for further information at the following:

Email the Office of Employee Services at
Mailing Address
Office of Employee Services
406 E. Monroe, Sta. 373
Springfield, IL 62701
Phone:(217) 785-2586

To apply for any of the below listed titles, or other titles utilized by DCFS, you must

1) Complete a CMS 100a, Employment Application; here is the link for a CMS 100a.

2) Once completed, the CMS 100a, is to be submitted directly to the to the Department of Central Management Services (DCMS), the agency responsible for grading employment applications at the CMS address shown at the bottom of the State of Illinois CMS 100a application.

All applications mailed to DCFS Employment Services in Springfield will be forwarded to the Department of Central Management Services (DCMS), the agency responsible for grading employment applications.

3) DCMS will issue grades, via US Post Office mail to the applicants. This process will take a minimum of two weeks upon DCMS receipt of the application. Many titles are graded by position while other titles will require testing with the Department of Central Management Services. For example, Clerical titles require testing while Direct service titles at DCFS are graded based upon the education and experience listed on the application.

DCMS maintains eligible listings of qualified candidates by county preference indicated by the applicant.

The Department of Children and Family Services requests eligible listings from DCMS to fill vacancies for which there are no eligible internal bidders.

All veterans who are identified as eligible candidates are contacted first to be scheduled for an interview. Non-veteran candidates are scheduled subsequently for interviews.

The following document, Are you Interested in DCFS, outlines the more frequently filled job titles at DCFS, though not always a reflection of current positions available. This will outline the Typical Duties and Responsibilities, Educational and Experiential Experience qualifications, along with typical Monthly salary of a Child Welfare Specialist, Child Protection Specialist, Children and Family Service Intern - Option I, Children and Family Service Intern - Option II, Office Associate Opt. 2, Day Care Licensing Representative II or Public Service Administrator Opt. 6.

At DCFS Employment Services, we look forward to hearing from all qualified applicats.


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