Office of the Director
406 E. Monroe Street Springfield, Illinois 62701
www.DCFS.illinois.gov
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF MANDATED REPORTER STATUS
I, , understand that when I am employed as a
(Employee Name)
, I will become a mandated reporter under the
(Type of Employment)
Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act [325 ILCS 5/4]. This means that I am required to report or cause a
report to be made to the child abuse and neglect Hotline number at 1-800-25-ABUSE (1-800-252-2873)
whenever I have reasonable cause to believe that a child known to me in my professional or official capacity
may be abused or neglected. I understand that there is no charge when calling the Hotline number and that the
Hotline operates 24-hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year.
I understand that in an effort to help mandated reporters understand their critical role in protecting children by
recognizing and reporting child abuse/neglect, DCFS administers an online training course entitled
Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse: Training for Mandated Reporters, available 24 hours a day,
seven days a week.
I further understand that the privileged quality of communication between me and my patient or client is not
grounds for failure to report suspected child abuse or neglect, I know that if I willfully fail to report suspected
child abuse or neglect, I may be found guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. This does not apply to physicians who
will be referred to the Illinois State Medical Disciplinary Board for action.
I also understand that if I am subject to licensing under, but not limited to, the following acts: the Illinois
Nursing Act of 1987, the Medical Practice Act of 1987, the Illinois Dental Practice Act, the School Code, the
Acupuncture Practice Act, the Illinois Optometric Practice Act of 1987, the Illinois Physical Therapy Act, the
Physician Assistants Practice Act of 1987, the Podiatric Medical Practice Act of 1987, the Clinical Psychologist
Licensing Act, the Clinical Social Work and Social Work Practice Act, the Illinois Athletic Trainers Practice
Act, the Dietetic and Nutrition Services Practice Act, the Marriage and Family Therapy Act, the Naprapathic
Practice Act, the Respiratory Care Practice Act, the Professional Counselor and Clinical Professional Counselor
Licensing Act, the Illinois Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Practice Act, I may be subject to license
suspension or revocation if I willfully fail to report suspected child abuse or neglect.
I affirm that I have read this statement and have knowledge and understanding of the reporting requirements,
which apply to me under the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act.
Signature of Applicant/Employee
Date
CANTS 22
Rev. 5/2019
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