Reporting Child Abuse/Neglect

Child Abuse/Neglect Reporting/Hotline – IL Dept. of Children and Family Services

Anyone may report suspected child abuse or neglect. Child welfare workers who staff the Child Abuse Hotline have special training in determining what constitutes child abuse and neglect under Illinois law. If a formal report is taken, a Child Protection Services worker will begin an investigation within 24 hours — much sooner if the child is considered to be in immediate risk of harm.

  • Phone: (800) 25-ABUSE (2-2873), or 217-524-2606
  • Fax: (800) 358-5117

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Department of Child and Family Services

The Department of Children and Family Services is best known for its child protection services. The goal of the Department’s child protection program is outlined in the state’s’Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act: “The Department of Children and Family Services shall, upon receiving reports made under this Act, protect the best interest of the child, offer protective services in order to prevent any further harm to the child and to other children in the family, stabilize the home environment and preserve family life whenever possible.
Illinois Hotline: 1-800-25-ABUSE/1-800-252-2873.

  • Rockford Office:
  • 200 South Wyman St. #201
    Rockford, IL 61101
  • Phone:(815)987-7650
  • Satellite Office:
  • 107 N. Third Street
    Rockford, IL 61107
  • Phone: (815)967-3731