Legal Resources


Below are Illinois Statutes that affect our child clients in the Juvenile Division.

Juvenile Court Act of 1987

The Adoption Act

Children and Family Services Act

Illinois Administrative Code regarding Social Services, including DCFS Rules

Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Act

Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality Act

In general, Illinois State Statutes can be found at the following website

Case Law

U.S. Supreme Court Opinions:

Illinois Supreme Court Opinions:

Illinois Appellate Court Opinions

Other Helpful Legal Links

Illinois Pro Bono – Training and Practice Support for Volunteer Attorneys
Provides guidance to attorneys about many legal topics affecting the disabled, children and families.

Illinois Legal Aid
Provides legal information for non-attorneys.

Helpful Phone Numbers

DCFS Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-25-ABUSE
DCFS Day Care Information 1-877-746-0829
DCFS Advocacy Office 1-800-232-3798
DCFS Foster Parent Hotline 1-800-624-KIDS
DCFS Office of the Inspector General 1-800-722-9129
DCFS Chicago Headquarters 312-814-4650
DCFS Youth Hotline 1-800-232-3798
DCFS Springfield Headquarters 217-785-2509
DCFS Office of Communications – Chicago 312-814-6847
DCFS Office of Communications – Springfield 217-785-1700
DCFS Office of Inspector General – Chicago 312-433-3000
DCFS Advocacy Office for Children & Families 217-524-2029

Success Stories

Juvenile Success Stories Juvenile
Success stories regarding our juvenile clients Read more
Adult Success Stories Adult
Success stories regarding our disabled adults Read more

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Recently passed laws of interest to those representing disabled adults and abused & neglected children in Illinois.
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Current Developments OPG Appellate Developments
Recent Appellate and Supreme Court decisions Read more

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Post-Emancipation Services
Important information for current and former clients. Read more
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