Fully fund the child abuse hotline, so more than 40% of calls are answered!
  • Petitioned Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, DCFS Director Richard Calica,

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, DCFS Director Richard Calica,
Illinois Governor
Illinois State Senate
Illinois State House
State Rep. Elgie Sims
State Rep. Luis Arroyo
State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz
State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit
State Rep. Gregory Harris
State Rep. La Shawn Ford
Gov. Patrick Quinn
State Sen. Heather Steans
State Sen. Terry Link
State Sen. Mattie Hunter

Fully fund the child abuse hotline, so more than 40% of calls are answered!

    1. Petition by

      The Rainbird Foundation

August 2012


This petition, as well as many other online and offline actions, led to Illinois' governor agreeing to fully fund a child abuse hotline.

In February 2010, the Illinois child abuse hotline received a call from a Spanish speaking person who hung up because Illinois didn't have a bilingual specialist on staff, as is required by law.

Two days later, the same caller tried again. This time, the caller filed a report. Yet 1-year old Alma Perez still died 16 days after the report was accepted! She was beaten and suffocated by her mother.

Why didn't Illinois prevent Alma's death?

The Chicago Tribune cited staffing shortages in Alma's death. Illinois only answers 40% of calls to their child abuse hotline. The other 60% go to the message-taking system, if people even leave a message.

Illinois' child abuse hotline is one of the busiest in the country. They receive about 260,000 calls per year. Their hotline must be properly staffed and responding! Alma's death was preventable.

What To Do: 

1. Tell the Illinois State Senate and Governor to properly fund the child abuse hotline. Sign this petition.

2. Share this on Facebook. Use the tool on this page to get 15 friends to sign it today and pass it on their friends.

3. If you are an Illinois resident, Call your Senator and demand proper funding for the Child Abuse Hotline. 

Sen. Richard Durbin 202-224-2152

Sen. Mark Kirk 202-224-2854

Children are being abused right now, and peole are trying to save them! 

Many states have inadequate child abuse hotlines. Do you know the condition of the hotlines in your state?

Find out and tell us and we'll focus on your state. Budget cuts are never a sufficient reason for a child's death.

Let's save other children from Alma's fate!

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Adam Walther MADISON, WI
      • about 2 years ago

      I am signing because I was sexually abused by a man starting at the age of 3 years old. Child abuse is real and it destroys lives, families, and communities.

    • Hanna Roth MADISON,, WI
      • about 2 years ago

      I'm signing because this is a ridiculous and avoidable issue. Its existence makes fools and hypocrits of all of us.

    • Whitney Trotta VERONA, WI
      • about 2 years ago

      We our failing as a nation if we refuse to protect our children from abuse when we know how! Reporters on the news tell us "If you suspect a child is being abused, call.." but do they tell us only 40% of those calls can be answered?!? Totally unacceptable. We must fully fund our child abuse hotlines!

    • Patrick Schroeder MADISON, WI
      • about 2 years ago

      Children have to have somewhere to go for help. Anything less than 100% of kids who are reaching out to this service is insufficient - because they are already just a fraction of the abused.


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