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Children's Justice Task Force

The Illinois Children’s Justice Task Force is a multidisciplinary, legislatively-mandated advisory group that is charged with making recommendations to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) directed at improving investigative, administrative and judicial handling of child abuse cases in a manner that limits additional trauma to the child victim. Increased focus is placed on cases of child sex abuse/exploitation, child fatalities in cases where abuse or neglect is suspected and cases involving a combination of jurisdictions. The task force was organized in 1989 according to the guidelines in the federal Child Abuse Prevention Treatment Act (CAPTA) and in 1999 it became one of the four Illinois Citizen Review Panels.

The members of the Illinois Children’s Justice Task Force represent legislatively-mandated categories from the fields of child protection, law enforcement, medical, mental health, attorneys for prosecution and defense, criminal and civil court judges, education, children with disabilities, child advocates,  parent advocates, child abuse survivors, individuals knowledgeable about children with disabilities, dually-involved children and children who are homeless. The task force members are appointed by the director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to staggered four-year terms.

Membership List

Meeting Dates


​Meeting Agendas​Meeting Minutes
May 11, 2022 Meeting Agenda
March 4, 2022 Meeting Agenda
February 9, 2022 Meeting Agenda
November 10, 2021 Meeting AgendaNovember 10, 2021 Meeting Minutes
August 11, 2021 Meeting AgendaAugust 11, 2021 Meeting Minutes
May 12, 2021 Meeting AgendaMay 12, 2021 Meeting Minutes
March 17, 2021 Meeting AgendaMarch 17, 2021 Meeting Minutes
February 10, 2021 Meeting AgendaFebruary 10, 2021 Meeting Minutes
November 12, 2020 Meeting AgendaNovember 12, 2020 Meeting Minutes
August 12, 2020 MeetingAugust 20, 2020 Meeting Minutes
​May 13, 2020 Meeting AgendaMay 13, 2020 Meeting Minutes
​February 13, 2020 Meeting AgendaFebruary 13, 2020 Meeting Minutes