FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 9, 2003
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. - Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today proposed a total fiscal year 2004 budget of $1.4 billion for the Department of Children and Family Services that includes $838 million from the General Revenue Fund. Demonstrating the governor’s commitment to the safety and well-being of the state’s most vulnerable citizens—abused and neglected children—the agency’s proposed budget mirrors its FY03 budget.
“This budget reflects my priorities for this agency—providing funding that ensures the appropriate level of direct service staff needs, while eliminating administrative waste. As we move into a new phase in child welfare, we will provide direction and investments designed to meet the growing challenges within the system,” Governor Blagojevich said.
The proposed budget will support the core mission of the department while providing greater efficiencies in service delivery that will reduce agency costs. Highlights include the following: