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Caution: DO NOT use email to report child abuse or neglect. It causes delays and confidentiality may not be ensured. Whenever you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected, or at risk, please call the Illinois Child Abuse Hotline at 800-25-ABUSE (22873).

In non-emergency situations, you may report suspected child abuse or neglect using the new Online Reporting System.

For deaf and speech-impaired communication over the telephone, dial Illinois Relay at 711.

Email Directory
DCFS Info and Assistance (Advocacy Office) or 800-232-3798

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Office of Child and Family Policy



Hotline Phone TTY
Advocacy Office for Children and Families 800-232-3798;
Child Abuse Hotline 800-25-ABUSE;
Day Care Information 877-746-0829;
OIG Foster Parent Hotline 800-722-9124 800-722-9124
Report missing, abducted or runaway DCFS Youth in Care 866-503-0184  
Youth Helpline 800-232-3798  


Office Address Phone
Director's Office - Springfield 406 East Monroe St. 217-785-2509
Office of Communications - Chicago 60 East Van Buren St., Ste 1339 312-814-6800
Office of the Inspector General - Chicago 2240 West Ogden Ave. 312-433-3000
Director's Office - Chicago 60 East Van Buren St., Ste 1339 312-814-6800
Advocacy Office for Children and Families 406 East Monroe St. 800-232-3798;

Parent or Putative Father Contacts

If you want to know if your child is under the care of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, call:

Illinois                          Outside of Illinois
800-232-3798                217-524-2029

or write to the:

Advocacy Office for Children and Families
406 East Monroe Street
Springfield, Illinois 62701

If you know the child's name and birthdate or age and can verify your relationship, the DCFS Advocacy Office for Children and Families can determine if your child is in the care of our Department.

They can also direct you to the Circuit Court involved with your child's case. The Clerk of the Circuit Court can provide other important information, such as the child's case number and the next scheduled court date.

Region and Field Offices
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