Illinois Department of Children & Family Services
DCFS YouTube Page DCFS Instagram Page DCFS Pinterest Page DCFS Facebook Page DCFS Twitter Page DCFS Homepage Illinois Governor's Website

DCFS Links Skip to State LinksSkip to ContactsSkip to Section Links

Home
Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect
Child Protection
Foster Care
Adoption
Day Care & Early Childhood
News
Library
Policy & Rules
Training
Forms
About DCFS
Advisory Groups
Employment Opportunities
Inspector General
Contact Us
FOIA Requests
Child Abuse Hotline
800-25-ABUSE
(800-252-2873)

217-785-4020
(for international calls only)

DCFS Info and Assistance
(Advocacy Office)
800-232-3798
217-524-2029

Day Care Information
877-746-0829
312-328-2779

Adoption and Foster Care Information
800-572-2390

Youth Hotline
800-232-3798

Missing Child Helpline
866-503-0184
Illinois Home

Inspector General

Agencies, Boards & Commissions

Inspector General
800-722-9124

Chicago Administrative Headquarters
100 West Randolph Street 6-200
Chicago IL 60601
312.814.6800
TTD 312.814.8783

Springfield Administrative Headquarters
406 East Monroe
Springfield IL 62701-1498
217.785.2509
TTD 217.785.6605

Media Inquiries/ Communications Office
312-814-6847

Illinois Putative Father Registry

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Illinois Amber Alert

Illinois Employer Report Form

  The Waiting Child media campaign  


Merri Dee, Moderator

WGN-TV's
"The Waiting Child"

The Waiting Child is a cooperative effort of "Super Station" WGN-TV Chicago, the Department of Children and Family Services and the Adoption Information Center of Illinois. The national award-winning adoption media campaign airs weekly on WGN-TV, and has been instrumental in recruiting hundreds of adoptive homes for children in the care of the Department.

Moderated by its originator, Merri Dee, "The Waiting Child" media campaign is built around two-minute public service announcements that advocate adoption. Each announcement opens with an on-camera appearance of Dee offering poignant commentary on the need for foster and adoptive families, as well as an insight into the rewards of adoptive and foster parenting. Each announcement continues with a cameo profile of at least one child waiting to be adopted. The announcements close with Dee providing information on how to apply to become an adoptive or foster parent.

In 2001, Merri Dee, WGN-TV's Director of Community Relations, was among 14 individuals and organizations recognized by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson for excellence in promoting adoptions of waiting foster children. Dee received an Adoption 2002 Excellence Award in the category of Individual and/or Family Contributions. The Waiting Child media campaign has reached an estimated 55 million viewers each week for more than a decade and generated more than 8,000 calls to the Adoption Information Center of Illinois. Approximately 40 percent of adoptable children highlighted in the segments have been adopted.

The Waiting Child can be seen during the following times: Monday through Thursday at 1:30 a.m., 4:30 a.m., 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.; Friday at 1:30 a.m., 4:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; and, Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 a.m., 4:30 a.m., 6 a.m. and 11 a.m..Additional Information is available:

 


Whitney

Meet Whitney...
Whitney, age 12, is an outgoing, expressive girl who likes to sing and dance. She is especially inspired by gospel music. In addition to her creative gifts, Whitney has good athletic abilities and enjoys swimming and bike riding. She also takes pride in her appearance and likes to have her hair and nails nicely done.

What Others Say about Whitney...
Her teachers and foster parents said that Whitney does a good job of communicating her feelings. She likes to relax by watching TV and going to movies.

What You Can Do for Whitney...
You can encourage her to pursue her creative interests. You can provide her with a safe and stable home. Whitney would like to remain in contact with her brothers and sisters, whom she loves very much.

If you are interested in adopting Whitney, or learning about other children waiting to be adopted, please call the Adoption Information Center of Illinois at 1-800-572-2390; TDD/TDY - 1-800-401-7740; or see the AICI web site: www.adoptinfo-il.org.




Adoption Links

Legal Resources
Illinois Licensed Adoption Agencies
DCFS Provides Adoption Subsidies To Eligible Non-Wards
Illinois Adoption Advisory Council
Adoption Information Center of Illinois (outside link)
Confidential Intermediary Services of Illinois (outside link)
Midwest Adoption Center (outside link)
Illinois Putative Father Registry (outside link)
Adoption Records
Search the DCFS Web Site
Copyright © 2009 DCFS DCFS Privacy Notice / Disclaimer | Illinois Privacy Info | Kids Privacy | Web Accessibility | Plug-Ins | Contact Us