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Illinois Child Welfare Statistics at a Glance

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Illinois Child Welfare Statistics at a Glance

The Illinois Department of Children & Family Services believes that no child should grow up in foster care.  We agree.  We must work together to lift Illinois out of last place in the nation for achieving timely permanency, while keeping the safety of our children in the forefront of everything that we do.  Your support will help to change these FY2019 statistics about Illinois’ children.

1.2 Billion FY'19 Budget
17,481 Number of children, ago 0-21, in DCFS custody on 6/30/18
276,538 Hotline calls in FY'18
81,277 DCFS investigations conducted in FY'18
133,680 Child victims associated with investigations of abuse or neglect in FY'18
5,569 Number of children who entered foster care in FY'18
2,991 Number of families being served on 6/30/18 in the Intact Family Services program, a diversion and preservation program keeping kids at home
2,633 DCFS employees FY'18 end-of-year
4,351 Achieved permanency in FY'18: 50.1% returned home; 39.3% adopted; 10.5% received guardianship
707 Youth over the age of 18 who ages out of foster care in FY'18
13 The average number of children, age 0-3, that are subjects of death or serious harms investigations per week

Sources:  The Illinois Department of Children & Family Services Budget Briefing FY2019 and National CASA CY2017 Program Survey

  • National CASA
    National CASA
  • Illinois DCFS
    Illinois DCFS
  • The Office of Illinois Courts
    The Office of Illinois Courts
  • Illinois Attorney General
    Illinois Attorney General
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