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THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES IS LAUNCHING A NEW STREAMLINED, ONLINE SYSTEM FOR REPORTING CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT.

 

THE NEW SYSTEM IS MUCH EASIER TO USE: THOSE FILING A REPORT NO LONGER HAVE TO REGISTER AS A USER, HAS CLEARER ENTRY FIELDS AND IT TAKES LESS CLICKS TO GET THE INFORMATION FILED SAYS D-C-F-S DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF TIERNEY STUTZ.

 

 

THE ONLINE ENTRY FORM HAS BEEN SIMPLIFIED, YOU DON'T NEED TO REGISTER AS A USER TO FILE A REPORT, AND INFORMATION ENTERED IS SENT DIRECTLY INTO THE D-C-F-S CASE SYSTEM SAYS STUTZ.

 

 

THE CHILD ABUSE HOTLINE IS STILL AVAILABLE THOUGH, WITH SPECIFIC PROMPTS NOW FOR MANDATED REPORTERS, THE PUBLIC AND CHILDREN REPORTING THEIR OWN ABUSE AND NEGLECT. THE TOLL FREE NUMBER IS 1-800-25-ABUSE. VISIT D-C-F-S' WEBSITE TO FILE A REPORT ONLINE FROM YOUR COMPUTER OR MOBILE PHONE.

 

THAT WAY, INVESTIGATORS CAN IMMEDIATELY BEGIN REVIEWING REPORTS. STUTZ ALSO SAYS THE CHILD ABUSE HOTLINE HAS ALSO BEEN UPDATED, WITH SPECIFICS PROMPTS FOR KIDS THAT ARE REPORTING THEIR OWN ABUSE OR NEGLECT, AS WELL AS FOR TEACHERS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT. TO FILE A REPORT VISIT D-C-F-S' WEBSITE OR CALL THE HOTLINE AT: 1-800-25-ABUSE.

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