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Family and Caregiving in Illinois

In this section, we provide information on women's roles as caregivers for children, elderly persons, and for patients. We highlight research on caregiving and resources available to assist the caregiver.

See also Family and Caregiving in Chicago and Family and Caregiving in the United States.


Child Care
Elder Care
Patient Care
Organizations for General Information

Child Care

Children's Defense Fund
The Children's Defense Fund is a non-profit advocacy group at the national level for all children's issues. It addresses issues such as children's health, child care, child abuse, and education. Publications include fact sheets on child care, early education, prekindergarten, guide to child and maternal health, among others. The site also offers state profiles on measures such as infant mortality, low birth weight, prenatal care, Medicaid, SSI program, child care, etc. There are links to many sites including state government and county government sites. Sources of all data is offered.

The Day Care Action Council of Illinois
The Day Care Action Council of Illinois is an alliance of individuals and groups committed to advancing the quality and accessibility of child care. They believe that high quality child care and education enables children to develop to their fullest potential and provides an essential support for their families. To this end, they educate and collaborate with parents, providers, policy makers and the public. The website includes information on training and assistance, services, referrals, subsidized payment.

Illinois Department of Children and Family Services: Statistical Summary Reports
Downloadable reports in Adobe Acrobat .pdf format on Illinois caseloads in child and family welfare and protective services. Some Cook County data is also available. (NOTE: You will need to download and install Adobe Acrobat to be able to access some documents.) Additional reports and information are available in the DCFS online library.

Illinois Day Care Statistics
Statistics by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services on statewide day care licensing in homes and day care centers for 1992-1998.

Illinois Network of Child Care Resources and Referral Agencies
Helps parents locate child care providers. Helps providers, employers and communities improve their child care services. Includes Child Care Data Reports -- on who uses their agency.

National Child Care Information Center
The National Child Care Information Center (NCCIC) is a national resource that links information and people to complement, enhance, and promote the child care delivery system, working to ensure that all children and families have access to high-quality comprehensive services. The NCCIC project is supported by the Child Care Bureau, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Administration on Children, Youth and Families, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The link offers: information on a wide range of child care topics, a child care technical assistance network, internet links, publications, a child care bulletin, a leadership forum, state profiles, state RFPs.


Elder Care

State of Illinois Department on Aging
The Illinois Department on Aging has useful statistics and referral information about elder care in Illinois on their website, including:

Patient Care

Publications of the Illinois Health Cost Containment Council
Some IHCCC publications in Adobe Acrobat .pdf format, such as the Hospital Care Buyers' Guide for Chicago and the Hospital Care Buyers Guide for Illinois, can be downloaded for free at this site. IHCC Newsletters are also available. (NOTE: You will need to download and install Adobe Acrobat to be able to access these documents.)

Centers for Independent Living in the State of Illinois
Contact addresses for local Centers for Independent Living within the state of Illinois, from the Illinois Department of Human Services website.


Illinois Department of Children and Family Services: Policy Guides
Policy guidelines in areas such as children and family services and day care, from the DCFS Office of Rules and Procedures. Additional policy resources are available in the rules section of the DCFS online library.

Illinois Human Rights Act
The Illinois Department of Human Rights website has made the text of the law accessible online, including the provisions covering civil rights, discrimination, and sexual harassment in higher education.

Social Security for Women
Source: Illinois Department on Aging, "Older Women in Illinois...The Differences They Face," December 1997.

Organizations for General Information

Illinois Department on Aging
Senior Helpline
421 East Capitol Avenue #100
Springfield, IL 62701-1789
1-800-252-8966 (Voice and TTY)

Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
Contact information for local offices
Child Abuse Hotline - Telephone: 800-25-ABUSE TDD: 800-358-5117
Ombuds Office - Telephone: 800-232-3798 TDD: 800-513-4980 406 East Monroe Street
Springfield, Illinois 62701
(217) 785-2509

Illinois Department of Human Services
Office of Communications
Springfield Office
100 South Grand Ave. East
Springfield, IL 62762
(217) 557-1564
TTY: (217) 557-2134

Illinois Department of Human Rights
W.G. Stratton Building, Room 404
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 785-4350

Council for Disability Rights
205 West Randolph, Suite 1650
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 444-9484
TDD: (312) 444-1967
FAX: (312) 444-1977

Date Last Updated: 5/06/02

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