DIRECTOR JESS MCDONALD RECEIVES
"MOTOROLA EXCELLENCE IN PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD"
ELLYN, IL,JULY 30, 1997 --DCFS Director Jess McDonald will join Illinois
State Senator Beverly Fawell in honoring the DCFS Glen Ellyn office,
800 Roosevelt Road, Building B, Suite 990, July 30 at 1 p.m. for being
among the first seven DCFS sites to become accredited by the Council
on Accreditation. This milestone marks the first step in an aggressive
four-year plan to eventual accreditation of all DCFS local offices.
"It is my pleasure to congratulate the Department of Children and
Family Services on achieving accreditation for seven of its sites,"
said Gov. Jim Edgar. "Accreditation establishes Illinois as a state
that accepts nothing less than excellence in performance and service
to its children and families. And it says to the citizens of this state
that we care about what is most important: protecting and serving our
most vulnerable citizens -- abused and neglected children."
will be the only state agency to achieve accreditation for its entire
department as well as for all the private sector agencies that the department
contracts with for foster care services. The state of Oklahoma's child
welfare agency is accredited, but Oklahoma does not require its contracting
agencies to be accredited.
means that seven of our local offices have met rigorous national standards
that help to ensure quality service," said Director McDonald. "Here
in Illinois, we are taking a leadership position in ensuring that within
four years, all of our offices will perform services needed in their
communities, that they will conduct safe and effective operations and
will manage their funds wisely."
will be joined by local community leaders and legislators as he visits
the seven DCFS offices in Galesburg, Harvey, Alton, Wood River, Mt.
Vernon, Charleston and Glen Ellyn during the month of July. McDonald
will present a plaque at each site.
a time when the welfare system and the health care industry are being
overhauled, evaluating the quality and level of services that are provided
by child welfare agencies is increasingly important.
residents can be sure that the state's most vulnerable children are
being provided for in a way that meets all applicable standards, thanks
to the DCFS statewide accreditation plan that is currently underway,"
said David Liederman, executive director of the Child Welfare League
of America. "DCFS' proactive accreditation initiative has positioned
Illinois as a leader among state child welfare agencies."
Council on Accreditation is an independent, nonprofit, nationally recognized
accreditor of mental health and social service agencies in the United
States and Canada. The accreditation procedure involves an in-depth
and detailed examination of an agency's operation that includes personnel,
safety, fiscal and program management.
of the seven field offices that underwent the lengthy process has shown
significant improvements in the levels and quality of services as well
as employee morale. The rejuvenated sense of professional pride and
confidence translates directly into significant service improvements
for the children and families DCFS serves," McDonald said. "Without
a doubt, accreditation will significantly raise the quality of services
for the abused and neglected children in Illinois."