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Overturning DCFS Indicated Findings in Illinois

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Produced on June 03, 2019

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Course Information

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

Course Description

When the Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) receives a report of suspected child abuse or neglect, an investigation is opened into the parent, caretaker, or childcare facility. At the close of an investigation, DCFS makes the 'critical decision' whether to 'unfound' or 'indicate' the allegations of child abuse or neglect. An indicated finding means that DCFS has determined that credible evidence exists that the child was abused or neglected. This finding is registered with the State Central Register and can have a major and immediate impact on a client's personal and professional life including further involvement by state agencies, and limitations on certain types of employment options. Indicated findings can, however, be overturned by a DCFS Administrative Appeal.

This course, presented by Chuck Rohde, from the Wheaton, Illinois firm of Rohde & Infelise PC, will address the appellate process and discuss successful strategies in overturning indicated findings at the administrative hearing level.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the impact of indicated findings on clients, and why and when appeals should be filed
  2. Review the rules that govern the administrative hearing itself from discovery through the contested hearing
  3. Apply strategic approaches to administrative hearings and best practices to maximize a client's chance to have an indicated finding overturned



Credit Information

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Faculty

Charles Rohde

Rohde & Infelise, P.C.

Charles (Chuck) Rohde has more than twenty years of criminal trial experience. A graduate of The College of William and Mary, Chuck Rohde earned his juris doctor degree from the University of Richmond School of Law in Virginia. In 1995, he was admitted to the Illinois Bar and began his career as a prosecutor in DuPage County where he was awarded Misdemeanor Assistant of the Year. In 1999 he entered private practice with a concentration in criminal defense work and juvenile law.

Chuck Rohde has successfully defended hundreds of cases ranging from felonies, including drug cases, felony DUIs, thefts and aggravated batteries to misdemeanors, including DUIs, and juvenile delinquency cases. He regularly handles DCFS neglect and abuse cases.

Chuck Rohde is a member of the DuPage County Bar Association, the DuPage County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and also served as the Chair of the DCFS Children's Justice Task Force for the State of Illinois.



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J. Samuel W.

Very informative - could have been longer

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