(325 ILCS 5/3)
(from Ch. 23, par. 2053)
As used in this Act unless the context otherwise requires:
"Adult resident" means any person between 18 and 22 years of age who resides in any facility licensed by the Department under the Child Care Act of 1969. For purposes of this Act, the criteria set forth in the definitions of "abused child" and "neglected child" shall be used in determining whether an adult resident is abused or neglected.
"Agency" means a child care facility licensed under Section 2.05 or Section 2.06 of the Child Care Act of 1969 and includes a transitional living program that accepts children and adult residents for placement who are in the guardianship of the Department.
"Blatant disregard" means an incident where the real, significant, and imminent risk of harm would be so obvious to a reasonable parent or caretaker that it is unlikely that a reasonable parent or caretaker would have exposed the child to the danger without exercising precautionary measures to protect the child from harm. With respect to a person working at an agency in his or her professional capacity with a child or adult resident, "blatant disregard" includes a failure by the person to perform job responsibilities intended to protect the child's or adult resident's health, physical well-being, or welfare, and, when viewed in light of the surrounding circumstances, evidence exists that would cause a reasonable person to believe that the child was neglected. With respect to an agency, "blatant disregard" includes a failure to implement practices that ensure the health, physical well-being, or welfare of the children and adult residents residing in the facility.
"Child" means any person under the age of 18 years, unless legally
emancipated by reason of marriage or entry into a branch of the United
States armed services.
"Department" means Department of Children and Family Services.
"Local law enforcement agency" means the police of a city, town,
village or other incorporated area or the sheriff of an unincorporated
area or any sworn officer of the Illinois Department of State Police.
means a child whose parent or immediate family
or any person responsible for the child's welfare, or any individual
residing in the same home as the child, or a paramour of the child's parent:
(a) inflicts, causes to be inflicted, or allows to be
A child shall not be considered abused for the sole reason that the child
has been relinquished in accordance with the Abandoned Newborn Infant
"Neglected child" means any child who is not receiving the proper or
necessary nourishment or medically indicated treatment including food or care
not provided solely on the basis of the present or anticipated mental or
physical impairment as determined by a physician acting alone or in
consultation with other physicians or otherwise is not receiving the proper or
necessary support or medical or other remedial care recognized under State law
as necessary for a child's well-being, or other care necessary for his or her
well-being, including adequate food, clothing and shelter; or who is subjected to an environment which is injurious insofar as (i) the child's environment creates a likelihood of harm to the child's health, physical well-being, or welfare and (ii) the likely harm to the child is the result of a blatant disregard of parent, caretaker, or agency responsibilities; or who is abandoned
by his or her parents or other person responsible for the child's welfare
without a proper plan of care; or who has been provided with interim crisis intervention services under
Section 3-5 of
the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 and whose parent, guardian, or custodian refuses to
the child to return home and no other living arrangement agreeable
to the parent, guardian, or custodian can be made, and the parent, guardian, or custodian has not made any other appropriate living arrangement for the child; or who is a newborn infant whose blood, urine,
contains any amount of a controlled substance as defined in subsection (f) of
Section 102 of the Illinois Controlled Substances Act or a metabolite thereof,
with the exception of a controlled substance or metabolite thereof whose
presence in the newborn infant is the result of medical treatment administered
to the mother or the newborn infant. A child shall not be considered neglected
for the sole reason that the child's parent or other person responsible for his
or her welfare has left the child in the care of an adult relative for any
period of time. A child shall not be considered neglected for the sole reason
that the child has been relinquished in accordance with the Abandoned Newborn
Infant Protection Act. A child shall not be considered neglected or abused
sole reason that such child's parent or other person responsible for his or her
welfare depends upon spiritual means through prayer alone for the treatment or
cure of disease or remedial care as provided under Section 4 of this Act. A
child shall not be considered neglected or abused solely because the child is
not attending school in accordance with the requirements of Article 26 of The
School Code, as amended.
"Child Protective Service Unit" means certain specialized State employees of
the Department assigned by the Director to perform the duties and
responsibilities as provided under Section 7.2 of this Act.
"Near fatality" means an act that, as certified by a physician, places the child in serious or critical condition, including acts of great bodily harm inflicted upon children under 13 years of age, and as otherwise defined by Department rule.
"Great bodily harm" includes bodily injury which creates a high probability of death, or which causes serious permanent disfigurement, or which causes a permanent or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ, or other serious bodily harm.
"Person responsible for the child's welfare" means the child's parent;
guardian; foster parent; relative caregiver; any person responsible for the
child's welfare in a public or private residential agency or institution; any
person responsible for the child's welfare within a public or private profit or
not for profit child care facility; or any other person responsible for the
child's welfare at the time of the alleged abuse or neglect, including any person that is the custodian of a child under 18 years of age who commits or allows to be committed, against the child, the offense of involuntary servitude, involuntary sexual servitude of a minor, or trafficking in persons for forced labor or services, as provided in Section 10-9 of the Criminal Code of 2012, or any person who
came to know the child through an official capacity or position of trust,
including but not limited to health care professionals, educational personnel,
recreational supervisors, members of the clergy, and volunteers or
support personnel in any setting
where children may be subject to abuse or neglect.
"Temporary protective custody" means custody within a hospital or
other medical facility or a place previously designated for such custody
by the Department, subject to review by the Court, including a licensed
foster home, group home, or other institution; but such place shall not
be a jail or other place for the detention of criminal or juvenile offenders.
"An unfounded report" means any report made under this Act for which
it is determined after an investigation that no credible evidence of
abuse or neglect exists.
"An indicated report" means a report made under this Act if an
investigation determines that credible evidence of the alleged
abuse or neglect exists.
"An undetermined report" means any report made under this Act in
which it was not possible to initiate or complete an investigation on
the basis of information provided to the Department.
"Subject of report" means any child reported to the central register
of child abuse and neglect established under Section 7.7 of this Act as an alleged victim of child abuse or neglect and
the parent or guardian of the alleged victim or other person responsible for the alleged victim's welfare who is named in the report or added to the report as an alleged perpetrator of child abuse or neglect.
"Perpetrator" means a person who, as a result of investigation, has
been determined by the Department to have caused child abuse or neglect.
"Member of the clergy" means a clergyman or practitioner of any religious
denomination accredited by the religious body to which he or she belongs.
(Source: P.A. 99-350, eff. 6-1-16; 100-733, eff. 1-1-19