DCFS generally has 60 days to finish its investigations. But investigators can request an extension if they need more time.
If the investigator believes there is proof that you abused or neglected your child, DCFS will label the case "indicated." This should only happen if there is credible evidence of abuse or neglect. DCFS has their own specific definitions of abuse and neglect. These definitions are in the Illinois Administrative Code. If you are indicated, DCFS should send you a letter saying which definition you are alleged to have committed. It will also explain your appeal rights.
If DCFS does not believe it has credible evidence that you abused or neglected your child, the case will be labeled "unfounded." DCFS will send you a letter letting you know this decision.
Updated: October 2017