SPRINGFIELD – Hurt by deep budget cuts, Illinois’ child welfare agency began a round of layoffs Friday that will cut hundreds of jobs and “greatly reduce” its efforts to prevent neglect and abuse.
The Department of Children and Family Services must find ways to absorb nearly a 7 percent reduction of its budget.
The agency will do that partly by cutting 375 jobs, said spokesman Kendall Marlowe. In addition, 250 administrative positions are being cut so that 250 front-line caseworkers can be added, he said.
That will require slashing most of the agency’s work that isn’t required by law or court order.