Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs for Child Protection Division


Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County Child Protection Division
Cook County Juvenile Center
1100 South Hamilton Avenue Room 13
Chicago, IL 60612
The hours of operation for the Child Protection Division are 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Cases heard in the Child Protection Division involve:
Child Abuse; Child Neglect; Child Dependency; Private Guardianship; and Termination of Parental Rights.

*Please note, Child Support cases are NOT heard in the Child Protection Division. For information regarding Child Support matters, please call the Child Support Division of the Clerk of the Circuit Court at (312)345-4188.
The Clerk of the Circuit Court is, by law, the official keeper of records for all judicial matters brought into the Circuit Court of Cook County. Pursuant to the Clerk's capacity as the keeper of the records, the Clerk cannot provide legal advice.
The Illinois Domestic Violence Act (IDVA) recognizes domestic violence as a serious crime. It creates a legal remedy for domestic violence victims called an ORDER OF PROTECTION, and requires that law enforcement officers provide specific types of assistance to victims. An Order of Protection is a written order signed by a judge, which requires an abuser to stop further abuse and/or prevent the abuser from entering the shared home for a period of time. Requests for Orders of Protection, in which there have been criminal charges filed or criminal acts reported to the Chicago Police Department, can be processed at the Centralized Domestic Violence Court, 555 West Harrison Street, Chicago, IL.
States Attorney of Cook County (Child Protection Division): (312)433-7000
Office of the Public Defender (Child Protection Division): (312)433-7046
Office of the Public Guardian (Child Protection Division): (312)433-4756
DCFS: (312)633-3400