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Protecting Children and Empowering Families

Every child deserves to grow up feeling safe, secure and loved. The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) helps thousands of children find permanent, loving homes; and helps thousands more reunite with loved ones. Through a robust system that includes family support, early intervention, youth development, childcare and child welfare services, the department serves as a resource and advocates for children and families alike.

DCFS is committed to transparency and accurate reporting. This series of dashboards serves as a tool for understanding the department and how it delivers on its mission.

Connecting to Bright Futures

When a child and family is brought to the attention of the department and the circumstances require investigation, the department finds numerous ways to support children and families so they can remain intact. Year after year, less than 10% of children who are part of an investigation enter foster care. DCFS supports these families by connecting them with services such as parenting classes, counseling, housing advocacy and other services. When a child is determined to be unsafe in the home, the department brings the case to juvenile court and the child enters foster care.

Improving Outcomes

This Child Welfare Insights Tool provides timely information and enhanced transparency to the public, policymakers and other decision-makers across Illinois. For more information on how the department is achieving safety for kids and providing loving homes and bright futures, please visit the pages below.


Understand how DCFS delivers timely support at every step of a family’s journey.

Child Experience

Learn about the Department’s commitments to child safety, stability and long-term well-being.

Family Experience

Discover the DCFS approach to empowering families on the path to reunification.

All content included in the dashboards is for informative purposes only. Information presented is based on data updated daily from Illinois’ Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System and may change at any time.