(325 ILCS 5/11.1a)
Disclosure of information.
(a) The Director or a person designated in writing by the Director for this
purpose may disclose information regarding the
abuse or neglect of a child as set forth in this Section, the investigation
thereof, and any services related thereto, if he or she determines that such
disclosure is not contrary to the best interests of the child, the child's
siblings, or other children in the household, and one of the following factors
(1) The subject of the report has been criminally
charged with committing a crime related to the child abuse or neglect report; or
(2) A law enforcement agency or official, a State's
Attorney, or a judge of the State court system has publicly disclosed in a report as part of his or her official duty, information regarding the investigation of a report or the provision of services by the Department; or
(3) An adult subject of the report has knowingly and
voluntarily made a public disclosure concerning a Child Abuse and Neglect Tracking System report; or
(4) The child named in the report has been critically
(b) Information may be disclosed pursuant to this Section as follows:
(1) The name of the alleged abused or neglected child.
(2) The current status of the investigation,
including whether a determination of credible evidence has been made.
(3) Identification of child protective or other
services provided or actions taken regarding the child named in the report and his or her family as a result of this report.
(4) Whether there have been past reports of child
abuse or neglect involving this child or family, or both. Any such reports shall be clearly identified as being "Indicated", "Unfounded", or "Pending".
(5) Whether the Department has a current or past open
service case with the family, and a history of what types of services have been, or are being, provided.
(6) Any extraordinary or pertinent information
concerning the circumstances of the report, if the Director determines such disclosure is consistent with the public interest.
(c) Any disclosure of information pursuant to this Section shall not
identify the name of or provide identifying information regarding the source of
(d) In determining pursuant to subsection (a) of this Section, whether
disclosure will be contrary to the best interests of the child, the child's
siblings, or other children in the household, the Director shall consider the
interest in privacy of the child and the child's family and the effects which
disclosure may have on efforts to reunite and provide services to the family.
(e) Except as it applies directly to the cause of the abuse or neglect of
the child, nothing in this Section shall be deemed to authorize the release or
disclosure of the substance or content of any psychological, psychiatric,
therapeutic, clinical, or medical reports, evaluations, or like materials
pertaining to the child or the child's family. Prior to the release or
disclosure of any psychological, psychiatric, or therapeutic reports pursuant
to this subsection, the Deputy Director of Clinical Services shall review such
materials and make recommendations regarding its release. Any disclosure of
information pursuant to this Section shall not identify
health care provider, health care facility or other maker of the report or
source of any psychological,
psychiatric, therapeutic, clinical, or medical reports, evaluations, or like
(f) Regarding child abuse or neglect reports which occur at a facility
licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services, only the following
information may be disclosed or released:
(1) The name of the facility.
(2) The nature of the allegations of abuse or neglect.
(3) The number and ages of child victims involved,
and their relationship to the perpetrator.
(4) Actions the Department has taken to ensure the
safety of the children during and subsequent to the investigation.
(5) The final finding status of the investigation.
(Source: P.A. 90-75, eff. 1-1-98.)