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Children in substitute care in Illinois

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Definition and Source



Substitute care – in foster care, home-of-relative care, group home, or institution - is the temporary placement of children outside their homes due to abuse, neglect, or dependency. Placing a child in substitute care is not intended as a permanent living arrangement but to protect the child with the ultimate goal of returning the child home.

Data as of the end of each fiscal year.

Illinois totals include out-of-state placements and data with missing geo-codes.

Data Source

Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.



Last Updated

December 2015