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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.

Hotline calls in FY2017 or an average of 5,000 calls per week resulting in 1,500 investigations weekly

Individual child investigations conducted in 2017

Number of children 0-21 years old in DCFS custody on 6/30/17

Number of children 0-21 years old in DCFS custody served by a CASA/GAL on 6/30/17

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Of child investigations were indicated for the allegation of abuse or neglect in FY2017

Number of children who entered foster care in FY2017

Number of new youth assigned to a CASA/GAL in calendar year 2017

Number of new CASA/GAL volunteers trained in Illinois in calendar year 2017

Number of CASA/GAL volunteer hours reported in CY2017 – that’s an average of 75 hours/volunteer/month

Acheived permanency in FY2017:  34% adopted; 42% returned home; 8% received guardianship

Youth either 18 or 21 years old who aged out of foster care in FY17; 153 aged out at 18 years old

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