Though Illinois’ fiscal year 2012 budget continues the disconcerting trend of decreasing funding to care for our most vulnerable – abused and neglected children – the Department of Children and Family Services’ budget suffered about a one-half percent reduction from 2011. Certain line items suffered more than others, and the department will begin the tough decision of managing these cuts in the coming weeks and months.
Department of Human Services and contracted agencies across the state continue to be shaken. While DHS will see an approximate 13 percent reduction from 2011, the governor has had plans to transfer programs to other state agencies. Kaleidoscope and other foster care agencies often use the services of DHS agencies to provide a spectrum of care for children in need.
The budget is now in Governor Quinn’s hands, who will either sign the budget as is, reduce line items or veto the budget in total.
For more details about how Illinois’ budget affects child care agencies and human services organizations throughout Illinois, check out the Child Care Association of Illinois’ blog here.