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crushing burdens of drug abuse, poverty, poor housing and other factors. In response, the people of Illinois have increased the Departments funding to an annual budget of more than $1.4 billion.
This home page describes the challenges and achievements experienced by one of the nations largest child welfare agencies during a period of dramatic change. When the Department was established in 1964, it became the first cabinet-level state agency in the nation expressly dedicated to serving children and families. In 1980, the Department opened one of the nations first statewide toll-free hotlines for reporting child abuse and neglect. In recent years the Department has faced unprecedented demands for its services.
The number of children reported to the state's Child Abuse Hotline nearly doubled between Fiscal Years 1986 amd 1995. In Fiscal Year 1986, 102,230 child reports were taken by the DCFS Hotline. In Fiscal Year 1995, the number reached an all-time high of 139,726 child reports. Annual child reports have declined gradually since then, with 103,743 child reports taken in Fiscal Year 2000. Approximately 33 percent of all reports are "indicated" or confirmed after investigations are completed. (Click here to see updated statistics in the Department's monthly Child Abuse and Neglect Statistics report).
The Department's substitute care population also grew dramatically between Fiscal Years 1986 and 1997.There were approximately 14,000 children in substitute care at the end of Fiscal Year 1986. The number of children placed outside of the home of their parents reached its peak of 51,599 children in March 1997. Reforms, such as the state's Permanency Initiative, have since reduced the number of children living in substitute care to a five year low of 30,354 children in August 2000. (Click here to see updated statistics in the Department's monthly Executive Statistical Summay).
The Department is also responsible for the licensing and oversight of more than 2,700 day care centers and nearly 9,500 day care homes with a combined capacity to serve more than 246,000 children.(Click here to see updated statistics in the Department's monthly Executive Statistical Summay).
The Department also arranges the adoptions of more than 6,000 children each year. (Click here to see adoption trends dating to 1976).
In fact, the Department and its staff of approximately 4,000 workers are responsible for providing a wide range of services, described in The Act Creating the Department of Children and Family Services. The Act requires the Department to: