On Demand

Overturning DCFS Indicated Findings in Illinois


Created on June 03, 2019




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

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