(225 ILCS 10/7.3)
Children placed by private child welfare agency.
(a) Before placing a child who is a ward of the Department in a foster
home, a private child welfare agency must ascertain (i) whether any other
are wards of the Department have been placed in that home and (ii) whether
child who has been placed in that home continues to reside in that home, unless
has been transferred to another placement or is no longer a ward of the
agency must keep a record of every other child welfare agency that has placed
child in that foster family home; the record must include the name and
of a contact person at each such agency.
(b) At least once every 30 days, a private child welfare agency that places
of the Department in foster family homes must make a site visit to every such
where it has placed a ward. The purpose of the site visit is to verify that the
continues to reside in that home and to verify the child's safety and
well-being. The agency must document the verification in
records. If a private child welfare agency fails to comply with the
requirements of this
subsection, the Department must suspend all payments to the agency until the
(c) The Department must periodically (but no less often than once every 6
months) review the child placement records of each private child welfare agency
places wards of the Department.
(d) If a child placed in a foster family home is missing, the foster parent
promptly report that fact to the Department or to the child welfare agency that
child in the home. If the foster parent fails to make such a report, the
put the home on hold for the placement of other children and initiate
corrective action that may include revocation of
the foster parent's license to operate the foster family home.
A foster parent who knowingly and willfully fails to report a missing foster
child under this subsection is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
(e) If a private child welfare agency determines that a ward of the
whom it has placed in a foster family home no longer resides in that home, the
must promptly report that fact to the Department. If the agency fails to make
report, the Department shall
put the agency on hold for the placement of other children and initiate
corrective action that may include revocation of the agency's license.
(f) When a child is missing from a foster home, the Department or private
agency in charge of case management shall report regularly to the foster parent
concerning efforts to locate the missing child.
(g) The Department must strive to account for the status and whereabouts of
one of its wards who it determines is not residing in the authorized placement
which he or she was placed.
(Source: P.A. 93-343, eff. 7-24-03.)