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Morrison calls on DCFS to immediately release child abuse data

morrison 022118SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) expressed bewilderment today at news that the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has not published child abuse and neglect numbers in Illinois since July.

“It is completely mindboggling that DCFS would arbitrarily stop reporting data on child abuse in Illinois,” Morrison said. “I am publicly calling on DCFS to immediately begin releasing this data without delay.”

The reports – which have been released monthly for 35 years – give a snapshot of child abuse in the state, detailing information on the number of calls to the abuse hotline and the number of cases being handled by the agency.

“At a time when calls to the child abuse hotline are up, it is important for lawmakers and the general public to know that the agency tasked with protecting children is receiving and investigating claims of child abuse and neglect.”

Sen. Julie Morrison

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29th Legislative District

Years served: 2013 - Present

Committee assignments: Environment and Conservation; Human Services (Vice-Chairperson); Education; Committee of the Whole; Commerce and Economic Development; Transportation.

Biography: Born in Beardstown; received a bachelor's degree from Knox College; served as supervisor of West Deerfield Township, married to husband Joe with three grown children.

Associated Representative(s): Elaine Nekritz, Scott Drury