Supporting Efforts to Improve Illinois’ Child Welfare System

Using data to inform programs

Chapin Hall is a long-standing academic partner of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Our team of experts bring an understanding of national and local child welfare policy and practice, and expertise in the use of administrative child welfare data. We apply all of this to improving the quality of services provided to the children, youth, and families that Illinois DCFS serves.

Chapin Hall’s work with Illinois DCFS includes:

This work at Chapin Hall is led by Research Fellow Dr. Richard Epstein and Policy Fellow Mary Sue Morsch. Epstein has more than 10 years of experience providing research, evaluation, and consultation services to public and private child-serving agencies. Morsch served on the executive team at DCFS for 16 years and was a court-appointed consultant to DCFS for five years.

Epstein and Morsch oversee the DCFS contract, with individual projects also led by Amy Dworsky, Bob Goerge, Dana Weiner, and Fred Wulczyn and supported by teams of Chapin Hall staff with a mix of real-word and research expertise.

For more information about Chapin Hall’s work with the Illinois Department of Children’s Services, please contact Richard Epstein or Mary Sue Morsch.