SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) — If you have a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, you can can be certified as a child protective investigator with the Department of Children adn Family Services.
A bill recently passed the Illinois House and is now on its way to the Senate. Right now, child protective investigators have to have a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement, police science, criminology, social work, early childhood development or psychology. This would widen eligibility standards to fill those positions.
“Those with criminal justice backgrounds are often well-equipped to investigate cases of abuse, neglect or violence,” said Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur. “This bill would allow them to work as DCFS caseworkers, filling a crucial role where understaffing can make the difference between life and death for a child.”