Illinois organizations urge Congress to act swiftly to address impacts on children and families caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

Illinois organizations are among more than 570 national, state and local organizations that are urging Congress for emergency child welfare support to address the COVID-19 crisis. Read letter here. Allendale AssociationBethany for Children & FamiliesChild Abuse CouncilChildren’s Home & AidChildServGlenwood AcademyIllinois Association of Court Appointed Special AdvocatesIllinois Chapter, American Academy of PediatricsIllinois Collaboration on YouthIllinois-Iowa Center […]

Advocacy Letter to Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

March 20, 2020 Letter by the Shriver Center on Poverty Policy The letter implores the Department to create and publicize a comprehensive emergency plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that at the very least includes taking action on investigations, service plans, visitation, reunification, foster placements and other issues. A copy of the letter is […]


Illinois DCFS Director Letter to FCAA-IL

Letter from DCFS Director to Foster Care Alumni Association-IL to express thanks for efforts to ensure that youth in transition are provided services and resources necessary to maintain their safety and health during this difficult time. The letter outlines the steps that DCFS is taking  to address the elevated needs of youth in transition.  Letter […]

Illinois Executive Order in Response to COVID-19

COVID-19 Executive Order No. 20 was issued by Governor Pritzker on April 7, 2020 and includes Section 4: During the duration of and for sixty days following the termination of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamations, the definition of “child” under Section 2.01 of the Child Care Act of 1969, 225 ILCS 10/2.01, is suspended for the […]