Child Abuse Law for Mental Health Professionals in Illinois

Child Abuse Law for Mental Health Professionals in Illinois

November 3, 2023

9:00am - 4:00pm

6 CEUs

In-Person at the Crown Family School

Illinois civil law regarding child maltreatment is a complex composite of statutes, court decisions, and administrative regulations. A case may be initiated in Juvenile Court, Domestic Relations Court, or in a DCFS administrative proceeding. More than one case may be simultaneously initiated judicially and administratively.

This workshop will analyze the processes by which cases are referred to civil courts and to administrative proceedings and review the outcomes that may result from such referrals.

Learning Objectives

• Workshop participants will be able to describe the process by which a report of suspected child abuse or neglect is referred to Juvenile Court

• Workshop participants will be able to explain the proceedings that occur after a case of suspected child abuse or neglect is referred to Juvenile Court

• Workshop participants will be able to analyze the relationship between Juvenile Court proceedings and Department of Children and Family Services administrative proceedings concerning reports of suspected child abuse and neglect


Helene M. Snyder is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and has a background in both private practice and public interest law, including two years as a guardian ad litem with the Cook County Office of the Public Guardian representing children in abuse and neglect proceedings and supervising courtroom attorneys. Ms. Snyder’s legal practice includes the representation of children as their court-appointed attorney in custody and visitation cases and parents in abuse, neglect, custody, and visitation cases. She also advises mental health professionals on confidentiality, mandated reporting and other issues. Ms. Snyder has conducted seminars for physicians and mental health professionals on mandated reporting and confidentiality and workshops on juvenile law for foster parents


This workshop will take place in-person at the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice:

969 E 60th Street; Chicago, IL 60637

Mask optional. This convening is open to all invitees who are compliant with UChicago vaccination requirements and, because of ongoing health risks, particularly to the unvaccinated, participants are expected to adopt the risk mitigation measures (masking and social distancing, etc.) appropriate to their vaccination status as advised by public health officials or to their individual vulnerabilities as advised by a medical professional. Public convening may not be safe for all and carries a risk for contracting COVID-19, particularly for those unvaccinated. Participants will not know the vaccination status of others and should follow appropriate risk mitigation measures.

If you have any questions about access or to request a reasonable accommodation that will facilitate your full participation in this event such as ASL interpreting, captioned videos, Braille or electronic text, food options for individuals with dietary restrictions, etc. please contact the event organizer.