Public Accountability Report Public Accountability Report

Department of Children and Family Services
(Appropriated Spending in Thousands)
  FY 2018 FY 2017
Reporting Programs Expenditures Headcount Expenditures Headcount
Family Reunification and Substitute Care $ 689,350.5 892.0 $ 676,982.3 860.0
Adoption and Guardianship $ 180,617.2 64.0 $ 185,825.7 66.0
Protective Services $ 117,022.7 1,129.0 $ 116,942.7 999.0
Family Maintenance $ 49,410.1 30.0 $ 46,891.1 28.0
Accountability $ 48,421.8 515.0 $ 49,629.4 534.0
Totals $ 1,084,822.3 2,630.0 $ 1,076,271.2 2,487.0

Totals may not add due to rounding.

Agency Narrative
The mission of the Department is to: 1. Protect children who are reported to be abused and neglected and to increase their family’s capacity to safely care for them. 2. Provide for the well-being of children in its care. 3. Provide appropriate, permanent families as quickly as possible for those children who cannot safely return home. 4. Support early intervention and child abuse prevention activities. 5. Work in partnership with communities to fulfill this mission. To achieve this mission the Department utilizes its 2,500 employees and a broad network of private service providers throughout the state. Private agencies are the primary service provider for more than three-fourths of the children in foster care and all children in residential placements. The Department's major program areas are as follows: Protective Services - Operates the Child Abuse Hotline and conducts child abuse/neglect investigations. Licenses Day Care Centers, foster homes, child welfare agencies, and institutions. Family Maintenance - Delivers services to families to assure child safety so that children can remain in or return to the home. Adoption and Guardianship - Recruits, supports, and maintains adoptive/guardianship homes to which children who cannot return home are placed for permanent settings. Family Reunification and Substitute Care - Assures permanency for children, prepares families for reunification, and ensures the well-being and safety of children who are placed outside their homes due to abuse, neglect or dependency. Accountability - Ensures that Illinois children are safe, have loving, permanent homes and their emotional, physical, and medical needs are met through quality services.