CLINTON GIVES ILLINOIS LION'S SHARE
OF ADOPTION FUNDS, ILLINOIS PRAISED
FOR RECORD SETTING ADOPTIONS
IL, SEPTEMBER 24, 1999 -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that
President Clinton has granted the Illinois Department of Children and
Family Services $6.9 million for leading the nation in moving children
from foster care into permanent homes.
I have the honor of presenting the first round of these awards, worth
$20 million, to 35 of our 50 states," said President Clinton. "The
good news is that these states did this, using creative new approaches
and exceeding their own high goals. Illinois, for example - listen to
this - the state of Illinois increased its adoptions by 112 percent -
112 - yes, you can clap for Illinois."
proud of the progress that DCFS has made with its adoption and subsidized
guardianship programs," Ryan said. "Every child should be able
to go to bed at night feeling safe and secure. Being in a loving, permanent
home provides the security that so many of us took for granted when we
were children. This Presidential award is indeed an honor. We have exceeded
the goals we set, but we won't stop there."
will use the $6.9 million award to expand adoption preservation services
and to provide better casework to homes of relative foster families by
reducing the caseloads from 25 families for every caseworker to 22 1/2
cases per caseworker.
statistics show 7,315 DCFS wards were adopted, tripling the number of
adoptions since FY97. In FY99, 3,019 more children were adopted than during
FY98. Of the FY99 adoptions, more than half were by family members. Additionally,
from FY98 to FY99, the number of children moved into permanency through
subsidized guardianship increased by 72 percent to 2,199.
Director Jess McDonald credits private agencies and juvenile courts across
the state for their help in moving children into adoptive homes.
than 80 percent of our adoptions were made by private agencies. I'd like
to especially thank Cook County Presiding Judge Nancy Salyers whose leadership
resulted in an unprecedented increase in Cook County adoptions and guardianships,"