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Jimi Anne Lawrence

Jimi Anne Lawrence, former DCFS Director, Dies

Springfield, IL - Former DCFS Director Jimi Ann Porter Lawrence (1972-1973), passed away on October 3rd in Jackson, Mississippi at age 73. Funeral services were held October 8th at Peoples Funeral Home in Jackson, Mississippi, with burial at Garden Memorial Park.

Lawrence became Illinois’ first female African-American to lead a state agency when then-Governor Richard Ogilvie appointed her to lead the Department of Children and Family Services. Lawrence devoted much of her nine-month administration to strengthening licensing rules, promoting the growth of child care providers and recruiting foster homes in underserved areas of Illinois.

After leaving DCFS, Lawrence served as a consultant to the president of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, DC. Lawrence graduated from Fisk University with high honors, and once taught high school in Jackson Mississippi. She also conducted child welfare studies with the University of Chicago, designed day care centers and served as a consultant for the Head Start program.

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Diane Jackson
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
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