Video: Illinois Legislature Protects Illinois Child Welfare Budget, Advocate Says

(Springfield, IL) — May 16, 2011. The Illinois Senate and House have approved their version of state human service budgets and both preserve core Illinois Department of Children and Family Services funding, according to the state’s top child welfare advocate group.

The Senate and House human services appropriations committees, chaired by State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) and State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago), respectively, which need to be reconciled in a legislative conference committee, preserve “essential” funding, according to Margaret Berglind, President of the Child Care Association of Illinois.

“Both the House and Senate have responded to our advocacy to assure essential services for DCFS wards are provided,” said Berglind. “We deeply appreciate the leadership of Rep. Feigenholtz and Senator Steans.”

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