05272021CM0310SPRINGFIELD – The Department of Children and Family Services will conduct a study on racial disparities within Illinois’ support system for children and families because of a new law sponsored by Senator Napoleon Harris, III (D-Harvey).

“We must ensure DCFS treats all children and families fairly,” Harris said. “Families of color should have the same opportunities as white families, and a report on racial disparities will help ensure that they do.”

The law requires DCFS to prepare and submit an annual report to the General Assembly regarding racial disparities for children and families involved in the child welfare system by no later than Dec. 31, 2022, and each year after.

The report must include education success, health and behavioral health, housing, jobs and economic justice, criminal justice, and other key indicators of children and families’ well-being. The report must also address children and families with cases of abuse and neglect, as well as all aspects of the foster care system. 

“We must hold DCFS accountable if we see racial disparities for Black and Brown children,” Harris said. “The report will also help us target state resources to where they’re needed most.” 

Senate Bill 2406 was signed by the governor and will be effective immediately.