Illinois DCFS selected for project that aims to quickly find homes for kids in foster care

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Department of Children and Family Services officials say they will participate in an interstate program designed to quickly find permanent, loving homes for children in foster care.

State DCFS officials say the National Electronic Interstate Compact Enterprise project aims to reduce the amount of time children spend in foster care by using a web-based system that could improve efficiency in the administration of a state-by-state agreement that governs foster care and adoptions.

DCFS officials also say Illinois was the first state in the nation to be selected for the implementation phase of this project.  According to a preliminary data analysis, officials say the project could potentially save taxpayer dollars by reducing the amount of time children spend in foster care.

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