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20 ILCS 505/1

    (20 ILCS 505/1) (from Ch. 23, par. 5001)
    Sec. 1. The purpose of this Act is to create a Department of Children and Family Services to provide social services to children and their families, to operate children's institutions, and to provide certain other rehabilitative and residential services as enumerated in this Act.
    It is the intent of this Act that the child welfare services herein provided do not release the parent or guardian from responsibility to provide for the financial support of their children.
    This primary and continuing responsibility applies whether the family unit of parents and children remain intact and reside in a common household or whether the unit has been temporarily broken by reason of child abuse, neglect, dependency or other reasons necessitating state care and training.
    It is the purpose of this Act to provide for determination for the appropriate level of support, from parents given their financial circumstances.
(Source: P.A. 83-1037.)

20 ILCS 505/1.1

    (20 ILCS 505/1.1) (from Ch. 23, par. 5001.1)
    Sec. 1.1. This Act shall be known and may be cited as the Children and Family Services Act.
(Source: P.A. 86-820.)

20 ILCS 505/2

    (20 ILCS 505/2) (from Ch. 23, par. 5002)
    Sec. 2. In addition to the powers and duties otherwise provided by law, the Department shall have the powers enumerated in Sections 3 through 34.12 inclusive, except as otherwise provided in those Sections.
(Source: P.A. 89-507, eff. 7-1-97.)

20 ILCS 505/2.1

    (20 ILCS 505/2.1)
    Sec. 2.1. The Department shall ensure a sufficient number of placement and other resources of sufficient quality and variety to meet the needs of children and families as specified in the individual case plan in Sec. 6a of this Act. Nothing in this Sec. shall be construed to create a private right of action or a judicially enforceable claim on the part of any individual or agency.
(Source: P.A. 88-614, eff. 9-7-94.)

20 ILCS 505/3

    (20 ILCS 505/3) (from Ch. 23, par. 5003)
    Sec. 3. To establish such subdivisions of the Department as shall be desirable and assign to the various subdivisions the responsibilities and duties placed upon the Department by the Laws of the State of Illinois.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 1061.)

20 ILCS 505/4

    (20 ILCS 505/4) (from Ch. 23, par. 5004)
    Sec. 4. To make all rules necessary for the execution of its powers. The superintendent of each institution and division of the Department shall make such special rules as may be needed, subject to the approval of the Director. The provisions of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act are hereby expressly adopted and shall apply to all administrative rules and procedures of the Department of Children and Family Services under this Act, except that Section 5-35 of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act relating to procedures for rule-making does not apply to the adoption of any rule required by federal law in connection with which the Department is precluded by law from exercising any discretion.
(Source: P.A. 88-45.)

20 ILCS 505/4a

    (20 ILCS 505/4a) (from Ch. 23, par. 5004a)
    Sec. 4a. (a) To administer child abuse prevention shelters and service programs for abused and neglected children, or provide for their administration by not-for-profit corporations, community-based organizations or units of local government.
    The Department is hereby designated the single State agency for planning and coordination of child abuse and neglect prevention programs and services. On or before the first Friday in October of each year, the Department shall submit to the Governor and the General Assembly a State comprehensive child abuse and neglect prevention plan. The plan shall: identify priorities, goals and objectives; identify the resources necessary to implement the plan, including estimates of resources needed to investigate or otherwise process reports of suspected child abuse or neglect and to provide necessary follow-up services for child protection, family preservation and family reunification in "indicated" cases as determined under the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act; make proposals for the most effective use of existing resources to implement the plan, including recommendations for the optimum use of private, local public, State and federal resources; and propose strategies for the development of additional resources to meet the goal of reducing the incidence of child abuse and neglect and reducing the number of reports of suspected child abuse and neglect made to the Department.
    (b) The administration of child abuse prevention, shelters and service programs under subsection (a) shall be funded in part by appropriations made from the Child Abuse Prevention Fund, which is hereby created in the State Treasury, and in part by appropriations from the General Revenue Fund. All interest earned on monies in the Child Abuse Prevention Fund shall remain in such fund. The Department and the State Treasurer may accept funds as provided by Sections 507 and 508 of the Illinois Income Tax Act and unsolicited private donations for deposit into the Child Abuse Prevention Fund. Annual requests for appropriations for the purpose of providing child abuse and neglect prevention programs and services under this Section shall be made in separate and distinct line-items. In setting priorities for the direction and scope of such programs, the Director shall be advised by the State-wide Citizen's Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect.
    (c) Where the Department contracts with outside agencies to operate the shelters or programs, such outside agencies may receive funding from the Department, except that the shelters must certify a 20% financial match for operating expenses of their programs. In selecting the outside agencies to administer child shelters and service programs, and in allocating funds for such agencies, the Department shall give priority to new and existing shelters or programs offering the broadest range of services to the community served.
    (d) The Department shall have the power to make grants of monies to fund comprehensive community-based services to reduce the incidence of family dysfunction typified by child abuse and neglect; to diminish those factors found to increase family dysfunction; and to measure the effectiveness and costs of such services.
    (e) For implementing such intergovernmental cooperation and involvement, units of local government and public and private agencies may apply for and receive federal or State funds from the Department under this Act or seek and receive gifts from local philanthropic or other private local sources in order to augment any State funds appropriated for the purposes of this Act.
    (f) For the purposes of this Section:
        (1) The terms "abused child" and "neglected child"
    
have meanings ascribed to them in Section 3 of the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act.
        (2) "Shelter" has the meaning ascribed to it in
    
Section 1-3 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987.
(Source: P.A. 97-20, eff. 6-28-11.)

20 ILCS 505/4b

    (20 ILCS 505/4b)
    Sec. 4b. Youth transitional housing programs. The Department may license youth transitional housing programs. For the purposes of this Section, "youth transitional housing program" means a program that provides shelter or housing to homeless minors who are at least 16 years of age but less than 18 years of age and who are granted partial emancipation under the Emancipation of Minors Act. The Department shall adopt rules governing the licensure of those programs.
(Source: P.A. 93-105, eff. 7-8-03; 93-798, eff. 1-1-05.)

20 ILCS 505/5

    (20 ILCS 505/5) (from Ch. 23, par. 5005)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-803)
    Sec. 5. Direct child welfare services; Department of Children and Family Services. To provide direct child welfare services when not available through other public or private child care or program facilities.
    (a) For purposes of this Section:
        (1) "Children" means persons found within the State
    
who are under the age of 18 years. The term also includes persons under age 21 who:
            (A) were committed to the Department pursuant to
        
the Juvenile Court Act or the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, as amended, prior to the age of 18 and who continue under the jurisdiction of the court; or
            (B) were accepted for care, service and training
        
by the Department prior to the age of 18 and whose best interest in the discretion of the Department would be served by continuing that care, service and training because of severe emotional disturbances, physical disability, social adjustment or any combination thereof, or because of the need to complete an educational or vocational training program.
        (2) "Homeless youth" means persons found within the
    
State who are under the age of 19, are not in a safe and stable living situation and cannot be reunited with their families.
        (3) "Child welfare services" means public social
    
services which are directed toward the accomplishment of the following purposes:
            (A) protecting and promoting the health, safety
        
and welfare of children, including homeless, dependent or neglected children;
            (B) remedying, or assisting in the solution of
        
problems which may result in, the neglect, abuse, exploitation or delinquency of children;
            (C) preventing the unnecessary separation of
        
children from their families by identifying family problems, assisting families in resolving their problems, and preventing the breakup of the family where the prevention of child removal is desirable and possible when the child can be cared for at home without endangering the child's health and safety;
            (D) restoring to their families children who have
        
been removed, by the provision of services to the child and the families when the child can be cared for at home without endangering the child's health and safety;
            (E) placing children in suitable adoptive homes,
        
in cases where restoration to the biological family is not safe, possible or appropriate;
            (F) assuring safe and adequate care of children
        
away from their homes, in cases where the child cannot be returned home or cannot be placed for adoption. At the time of placement, the Department shall consider concurrent planning, as described in subsection (l-1) of this Section so that permanency may occur at the earliest opportunity. Consideration should be given so that if reunification fails or is delayed, the placement made is the best available placement to provide permanency for the child;
            (G) (blank);
            (H) (blank); and
            (I) placing and maintaining children in
        
facilities that provide separate living quarters for children under the age of 18 and for children 18 years of age and older, unless a child 18 years of age is in the last year of high school education or vocational training, in an approved individual or group treatment program, in a licensed shelter facility, or secure child care facility. The Department is not required to place or maintain children:
                (i) who are in a foster home, or
                (ii) who are persons with a developmental
            
disability, as defined in the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code, or
                (iii) who are female children who are
            
pregnant, pregnant and parenting or parenting, or
                (iv) who are siblings, in facilities that
            
provide separate living quarters for children 18 years of age and older and for children under 18 years of age.
    (b) Nothing in this Section shall be construed to authorize the expenditure of public funds for the purpose of performing abortions.
    (c) The Department shall establish and maintain tax-supported child welfare services and extend and seek to improve voluntary services throughout the State, to the end that services and care shall be available on an equal basis throughout the State to children requiring such services.
    (d) The Director may authorize advance disbursements for any new program initiative to any agency contracting with the Department. As a prerequisite for an advance disbursement, the contractor must post a surety bond in the amount of the advance disbursement and have a purchase of service contract approved by the Department. The Department may pay up to 2 months operational expenses in advance. The amount of the advance disbursement shall be prorated over the life of the contract or the remaining months of the fiscal year, whichever is less, and the installment amount shall then be deducted from future bills. Advance disbursement authorizations for new initiatives shall not be made to any agency after that agency has operated during 2 consecutive fiscal years. The requirements of this Section concerning advance disbursements shall not apply with respect to the following: payments to local public agencies for child day care services as authorized by Section 5a of this Act; and youth service programs receiving grant funds under Section 17a-4.
    (e) (Blank).
    (f) (Blank).
    (g) The Department shall establish rules and regulations concerning its operation of programs designed to meet the goals of child safety and protection, family preservation, family reunification, and adoption, including but not limited to:
        (1) adoption;
        (2) foster care;
        (3) family counseling;
        (4) protective services;
        (5) (blank);
        (6) homemaker service;
        (7) return of runaway children;
        (8) (blank);
        (9) placement under Section 5-7 of the Juvenile Court
    
Act or Section 2-27, 3-28, 4-25 or 5-740 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 in accordance with the federal Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980; and
        (10) interstate services.
    Rules and regulations established by the Department shall include provisions for training Department staff and the staff of Department grantees, through contracts with other agencies or resources, in alcohol and drug abuse screening techniques approved by the Department of Human Services, as a successor to the Department of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, for the purpose of identifying children and adults who should be referred to an alcohol and drug abuse treatment program for professional evaluation.
    (h) If the Department finds that there is no appropriate program or facility within or available to the Department for a ward and that no licensed private facility has an adequate and appropriate program or none agrees to accept the ward, the Department shall create an appropriate individualized, program-oriented plan for such ward. The plan may be developed within the Department or through purchase of services by the Department to the extent that it is within its statutory authority to do.
    (i) Service programs shall be available throughout the State and shall include but not be limited to the following services:
        (1) case management;
        (2) homemakers;
        (3) counseling;
        (4) parent education;
        (5) day care; and
        (6) emergency assistance and advocacy.
    In addition, the following services may be made available to assess and meet the needs of children and families:
        (1) comprehensive family-based services;
        (2) assessments;
        (3) respite care; and
        (4) in-home health services.
    The Department shall provide transportation for any of the services it makes available to children or families or for which it refers children or families.
    (j) The Department may provide categories of financial assistance and education assistance grants, and shall establish rules and regulations concerning the assistance and grants, to persons who adopt physically or mentally handicapped, older and other hard-to-place children who (i) immediately prior to their adoption were legal wards of the Department or (ii) were determined eligible for financial assistance with respect to a prior adoption and who become available for adoption because the prior adoption has been dissolved and the parental rights of the adoptive parents have been terminated or because the child's adoptive parents have died. The Department may continue to provide financial assistance and education assistance grants for a child who was determined eligible for financial assistance under this subsection (j) in the interim period beginning when the child's adoptive parents died and ending with the finalization of the new adoption of the child by another adoptive parent or parents. The Department may also provide categories of financial assistance and education assistance grants, and shall establish rules and regulations for the assistance and grants, to persons appointed guardian of the person under Section 5-7 of the Juvenile Court Act or Section 2-27, 3-28, 4-25 or 5-740 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 for children who were wards of the Department for 12 months immediately prior to the appointment of the guardian.
    The amount of assistance may vary, depending upon the needs of the child and the adoptive parents, as set forth in the annual assistance agreement. Special purpose grants are allowed where the child requires special service but such costs may not exceed the amounts which similar services would cost the Department if it were to provide or secure them as guardian of the child.
    Any financial assistance provided under this subsection is inalienable by assignment, sale, execution, attachment, garnishment, or any other remedy for recovery or collection of a judgment or debt.
    (j-5) The Department shall not deny or delay the placement of a child for adoption if an approved family is available either outside of the Department region handling the case, or outside of the State of Illinois.
    (k) The Department shall accept for care and training any child who has been adjudicated neglected or abused, or dependent committed to it pursuant to the Juvenile Court Act or the Juvenile Court Act of 1987.
    (l) The Department shall offer family preservation services, as defined in Section 8.2 of the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act, to help families, including adoptive and extended families. Family preservation services shall be offered (i) to prevent the placement of children in substitute care when the children can be cared for at home or in the custody of the person responsible for the children's welfare, (ii) to reunite children with their families, or (iii) to maintain an adoptive placement. Family preservation services shall only be offered when doing so will not endanger the children's health or safety. With respect to children who are in substitute care pursuant to the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, family preservation services shall not be offered if a goal other than those of subdivisions (A), (B), or (B-1) of subsection (2) of Section 2-28 of that Act has been set. Nothing in this paragraph shall be construed to create a private right of action or claim on the part of any individual or child welfare agency, except that when a child is the subject of an action under Article II of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 and the child's service plan calls for services to facilitate achievement of the permanency goal, the court hearing the action under Article II of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 may order the Department to provide the services set out in the plan, if those services are not provided with reasonable promptness and if those services are available.
    The Department shall notify the child and his family of the Department's responsibility to offer and provide family preservation services as identified in the service plan. The child and his family shall be eligible for services as soon as the report is determined to be "indicated". The Department may offer services to any child or family with respect to whom a report of suspected child abuse or neglect has been filed, prior to concluding its investigation under Section 7.12 of the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. However, the child's or family's willingness to accept services shall not be considered in the investigation. The Department may also provide services to any child or family who is the subject of any report of suspected child abuse or neglect or may refer such child or family to services available from other agencies in the community, even if the report is determined to be unfounded, if the conditions in the child's or family's home are reasonably likely to subject the child or family to future reports of suspected child abuse or neglect. Acceptance of such services shall be voluntary. The Department may also provide services to any child or family after completion of a family assessment, as an alternative to an investigation, as provided under the "differential response program" provided for in subsection (a-5) of Section 7.4 of the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act.
    The Department may, at its discretion except for those children also adjudicated neglected or dependent, accept for care and training any child who has been adjudicated addicted, as a truant minor in need of supervision or as a minor requiring authoritative intervention, under the Juvenile Court Act or the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, but no such child shall be committed to the Department by any court without the approval of the Department. A minor charged with a criminal offense under the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012 or adjudicated delinquent shall not be placed in the custody of or committed to the Department by any court, except (i) a minor less than 15 years of age committed to the Department under Section 5-710 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, (ii) a minor for whom an independent basis of abuse, neglect, or dependency exists, which must be defined by departmental rule, or (iii) a minor for whom the court has granted a supplemental petition to reinstate wardship pursuant to subsection (2) of Section 2-33 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. An independent basis exists when the allegations or adjudication of abuse, neglect, or dependency do not arise from the same facts, incident, or circumstances which give rise to a charge or adjudication of delinquency.
    As soon as is possible after August 7, 2009 (the effective date of Public Act 96-134), the Department shall develop and implement a special program of family preservation services to support intact, foster, and adoptive families who are experiencing extreme hardships due to the difficulty and stress of caring for a child who has been diagnosed with a pervasive developmental disorder if the Department determines that those services are necessary to ensure the health and safety of the child. The Department may offer services to any family whether or not a report has been filed under the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. The Department may refer the child or family to services available from other agencies in the community if the conditions in the child's or family's home are reasonably likely to subject the child or family to future reports of suspected child abuse or neglect. Acceptance of these services shall be voluntary. The Department shall develop and implement a public information campaign to alert health and social service providers and the general public about these special family preservation services. The nature and scope of the services offered and the number of families served under the special program implemented under this paragraph shall be determined by the level of funding that the Department annually allocates for this purpose. The term "pervasive developmental disorder" under this paragraph means a neurological condition, including but not limited to, Asperger's Syndrome and autism, as defined in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders of the American Psychiatric Association.
    (l-1) The legislature recognizes that the best interests of the child require that the child be placed in the most permanent living arrangement as soon as is practically possible. To achieve this goal, the legislature directs the Department of Children and Family Services to conduct concurrent planning so that permanency may occur at the earliest opportunity. Permanent living arrangements may include prevention of placement of a child outside the home of the family when the child can be cared for at home without endangering the child's health or safety; reunification with the family, when safe and appropriate, if temporary placement is necessary; or movement of the child toward the most permanent living arrangement and permanent legal status.
    When determining reasonable efforts to be made with respect to a child, as described in this subsection, and in making such reasonable efforts, the child's health and safety shall be the paramount concern.
    When a child is placed in foster care, the Department shall ensure and document that reasonable efforts were made to prevent or eliminate the need to remove the child from the child's home. The Department must make reasonable efforts to reunify the family when temporary placement of the child occurs unless otherwise required, pursuant to the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. At any time after the dispositional hearing where the Department believes that further reunification services would be ineffective, it may request a finding from the court that reasonable efforts are no longer appropriate. The Department is not required to provide further reunification services after such a finding.
    A decision to place a child in substitute care shall be made with considerations of the child's health, safety, and best interests. At the time of placement, consideration should also be given so that if reunification fails or is delayed, the placement made is the best available placement to provide permanency for the child.
    The Department shall adopt rules addressing concurrent planning for reunification and permanency. The Department shall consider the following factors when determining appropriateness of concurrent planning:
        (1) the likelihood of prompt reunification;
        (2) the past history of the family;
        (3) the barriers to reunification being addressed by
    
the family;
        (4) the level of cooperation of the family;
        (5) the foster parents' willingness to work with the
    
family to reunite;
        (6) the willingness and ability of the foster family
    
to provide an adoptive home or long-term placement;
        (7) the age of the child;
        (8) placement of siblings.
    (m) The Department may assume temporary custody of any child if:
        (1) it has received a written consent to such
    
temporary custody signed by the parents of the child or by the parent having custody of the child if the parents are not living together or by the guardian or custodian of the child if the child is not in the custody of either parent, or
        (2) the child is found in the State and neither a
    
parent, guardian nor custodian of the child can be located.
If the child is found in his or her residence without a parent, guardian, custodian or responsible caretaker, the Department may, instead of removing the child and assuming temporary custody, place an authorized representative of the Department in that residence until such time as a parent, guardian or custodian enters the home and expresses a willingness and apparent ability to ensure the child's health and safety and resume permanent charge of the child, or until a relative enters the home and is willing and able to ensure the child's health and safety and assume charge of the child until a parent, guardian or custodian enters the home and expresses such willingness and ability to ensure the child's safety and resume permanent charge. After a caretaker has remained in the home for a period not to exceed 12 hours, the Department must follow those procedures outlined in Section 2-9, 3-11, 4-8, or 5-415 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987.
    The Department shall have the authority, responsibilities and duties that a legal custodian of the child would have pursuant to subsection (9) of Section 1-3 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. Whenever a child is taken into temporary custody pursuant to an investigation under the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act, or pursuant to a referral and acceptance under the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 of a minor in limited custody, the Department, during the period of temporary custody and before the child is brought before a judicial officer as required by Section 2-9, 3-11, 4-8, or 5-415 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, shall have the authority, responsibilities and duties that a legal custodian of the child would have under subsection (9) of Section 1-3 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987.
    The Department shall ensure that any child taken into custody is scheduled for an appointment for a medical examination.
    A parent, guardian or custodian of a child in the temporary custody of the Department who would have custody of the child if he were not in the temporary custody of the Department may deliver to the Department a signed request that the Department surrender the temporary custody of the child. The Department may retain temporary custody of the child for 10 days after the receipt of the request, during which period the Department may cause to be filed a petition pursuant to the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. If a petition is so filed, the Department shall retain temporary custody of the child until the court orders otherwise. If a petition is not filed within the 10 day period, the child shall be surrendered to the custody of the requesting parent, guardian or custodian not later than the expiration of the 10 day period, at which time the authority and duties of the Department with respect to the temporary custody of the child shall terminate.
    (m-1) The Department may place children under 18 years of age in a secure child care facility licensed by the Department that cares for children who are in need of secure living arrangements for their health, safety, and well-being after a determination is made by the facility director and the Director or the Director's designate prior to admission to the facility subject to Section 2-27.1 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. This subsection (m-1) does not apply to a child who is subject to placement in a correctional facility operated pursuant to Section 3-15-2 of the Unified Code of Corrections, unless the child is a ward who was placed under the care of the Department before being subject to placement in a correctional facility and a court of competent jurisdiction has ordered placement of the child in a secure care facility.
    (n) The Department may place children under 18 years of age in licensed child care facilities when in the opinion of the Department, appropriate services aimed at family preservation have been unsuccessful and cannot ensure the child's health and safety or are unavailable and such placement would be for their best interest. Payment for board, clothing, care, training and supervision of any child placed in a licensed child care facility may be made by the Department, by the parents or guardians of the estates of those children, or by both the Department and the parents or guardians, except that no payments shall be made by the Department for any child placed in a licensed child care facility for board, clothing, care, training and supervision of such a child that exceed the average per capita cost of maintaining and of caring for a child in institutions for dependent or neglected children operated by the Department. However, such restriction on payments does not apply in cases where children require specialized care and treatment for problems of severe emotional disturbance, physical disability, social adjustment, or any combination thereof and suitable facilities for the placement of such children are not available at payment rates within the limitations set forth in this Section. All reimbursements for services delivered shall be absolutely inalienable by assignment, sale, attachment, garnishment or otherwise.
    (n-1) The Department shall provide or authorize child welfare services, aimed at assisting minors to achieve sustainable self-sufficiency as independent adults, for any minor eligible for the reinstatement of wardship pursuant to subsection (2) of Section 2-33 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, whether or not such reinstatement is sought or allowed, provided that the minor consents to such services and has not yet attained the age of 21. The Department shall have responsibility for the development and delivery of services under this Section. An eligible youth may access services under this Section through the Department of Children and Family Services or by referral from the Department of Human Services. Youth participating in services under this Section shall cooperate with the assigned case manager in developing an agreement identifying the services to be provided and how the youth will increase skills to achieve self-sufficiency. A homeless shelter is not considered appropriate housing for any youth receiving child welfare services under this Section. The Department shall continue child welfare services under this Section to any eligible minor until the minor becomes 21 years of age, no longer consents to participate, or achieves self-sufficiency as identified in the minor's service plan. The Department of Children and Family Services shall create clear, readable notice of the rights of former foster youth to child welfare services under this Section and how such services may be obtained. The Department of Children and Family Services and the Department of Human Services shall disseminate this information statewide. The Department shall adopt regulations describing services intended to assist minors in achieving sustainable self-sufficiency as independent adults.
    (o) The Department shall establish an administrative review and appeal process for children and families who request or receive child welfare services from the Department. Children who are wards of the Department and are placed by private child welfare agencies, and foster families with whom those children are placed, shall be afforded the same procedural and appeal rights as children and families in the case of placement by the Department, including the right to an initial review of a private agency decision by that agency. The Department shall insure that any private child welfare agency, which accepts wards of the Department for placement, affords those rights to children and foster families. The Department shall accept for administrative review and an appeal hearing a complaint made by (i) a child or foster family concerning a decision following an initial review by a private child welfare agency or (ii) a prospective adoptive parent who alleges a violation of subsection (j-5) of this Section. An appeal of a decision concerning a change in the placement of a child shall be conducted in an expedited manner. A court determination that a current foster home placement is necessary and appropriate under Section 2-28 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 does not constitute a judicial determination on the merits of an administrative appeal, filed by a former foster parent, involving a change of placement decision.
    (p) There is hereby created the Department of Children and Family Services Emergency Assistance Fund from which the Department may provide special financial assistance to families which are in economic crisis when such assistance is not available through other public or private sources and the assistance is deemed necessary to prevent dissolution of the family unit or to reunite families which have been separated due to child abuse and neglect. The Department shall establish administrative rules specifying the criteria for determining eligibility for and the amount and nature of assistance to be provided. The Department may also enter into written agreements with private and public social service agencies to provide emergency financial services to families referred by the Department. Special financial assistance payments shall be available to a family no more than once during each fiscal year and the total payments to a family may not exceed $500 during a fiscal year.
    (q) The Department may receive and use, in their entirety, for the benefit of children any gift, donation or bequest of money or other property which is received on behalf of such children, or any financial benefits to which such children are or may become entitled while under the jurisdiction or care of the Department.
    The Department shall set up and administer no-cost, interest-bearing accounts in appropriate financial institutions for children for whom the Department is legally responsible and who have been determined eligible for Veterans' Benefits, Social Security benefits, assistance allotments from the armed forces, court ordered payments, parental voluntary payments, Supplemental Security Income, Railroad Retirement payments, Black Lung benefits, or other miscellaneous payments. Interest earned by each account shall be credited to the account, unless disbursed in accordance with this subsection.
    In disbursing funds from children's accounts, the Department shall:
        (1) Establish standards in accordance with State and
    
federal laws for disbursing money from children's accounts. In all circumstances, the Department's "Guardianship Administrator" or his or her designee must approve disbursements from children's accounts. The Department shall be responsible for keeping complete records of all disbursements for each account for any purpose.
        (2) Calculate on a monthly basis the amounts paid
    
from State funds for the child's board and care, medical care not covered under Medicaid, and social services; and utilize funds from the child's account, as covered by regulation, to reimburse those costs. Monthly, disbursements from all children's accounts, up to 1/12 of $13,000,000, shall be deposited by the Department into the General Revenue Fund and the balance over 1/12 of $13,000,000 into the DCFS Children's Services Fund.
        (3) Maintain any balance remaining after reimbursing
    
for the child's costs of care, as specified in item (2). The balance shall accumulate in accordance with relevant State and federal laws and shall be disbursed to the child or his or her guardian, or to the issuing agency.
    (r) The Department shall promulgate regulations encouraging all adoption agencies to voluntarily forward to the Department or its agent names and addresses of all persons who have applied for and have been approved for adoption of a hard-to-place or handicapped child and the names of such children who have not been placed for adoption. A list of such names and addresses shall be maintained by the Department or its agent, and coded lists which maintain the confidentiality of the person seeking to adopt the child and of the child shall be made available, without charge, to every adoption agency in the State to assist the agencies in placing such children for adoption. The Department may delegate to an agent its duty to maintain and make available such lists. The Department shall ensure that such agent maintains the confidentiality of the person seeking to adopt the child and of the child.
    (s) The Department of Children and Family Services may establish and implement a program to reimburse Department and private child welfare agency foster parents licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services for damages sustained by the foster parents as a result of the malicious or negligent acts of foster children, as well as providing third party coverage for such foster parents with regard to actions of foster children to other individuals. Such coverage will be secondary to the foster parent liability insurance policy, if applicable. The program shall be funded through appropriations from the General Revenue Fund, specifically designated for such purposes.
    (t) The Department shall perform home studies and investigations and shall exercise supervision over visitation as ordered by a court pursuant to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act or the Adoption Act only if:
        (1) an order entered by an Illinois court
    
specifically directs the Department to perform such services; and
        (2) the court has ordered one or both of the parties
    
to the proceeding to reimburse the Department for its reasonable costs for providing such services in accordance with Department rules, or has determined that neither party is financially able to pay.
    The Department shall provide written notification to the court of the specific arrangements for supervised visitation and projected monthly costs within 60 days of the court order. The Department shall send to the court information related to the costs incurred except in cases where the court has determined the parties are financially unable to pay. The court may order additional periodic reports as appropriate.
    (u) In addition to other information that must be provided, whenever the Department places a child with a prospective adoptive parent or parents or in a licensed foster home, group home, child care institution, or in a relative home, the Department shall provide to the prospective adoptive parent or parents or other caretaker:
        (1) available detailed information concerning the
    
child's educational and health history, copies of immunization records (including insurance and medical card information), a history of the child's previous placements, if any, and reasons for placement changes excluding any information that identifies or reveals the location of any previous caretaker;
        (2) a copy of the child's portion of the client
    
service plan, including any visitation arrangement, and all amendments or revisions to it as related to the child; and
        (3) information containing details of the child's
    
individualized educational plan when the child is receiving special education services.
    The caretaker shall be informed of any known social or behavioral information (including, but not limited to, criminal background, fire setting, perpetuation of sexual abuse, destructive behavior, and substance abuse) necessary to care for and safeguard the children to be placed or currently in the home. The Department may prepare a written summary of the information required by this paragraph, which may be provided to the foster or prospective adoptive parent in advance of a placement. The foster or prospective adoptive parent may review the supporting documents in the child's file in the presence of casework staff. In the case of an emergency placement, casework staff shall at least provide known information verbally, if necessary, and must subsequently provide the information in writing as required by this subsection.
    The information described in this subsection shall be provided in writing. In the case of emergency placements when time does not allow prior review, preparation, and collection of written information, the Department shall provide such information as it becomes available. Within 10 business days after placement, the Department shall obtain from the prospective adoptive parent or parents or other caretaker a signed verification of receipt of the information provided. Within 10 business days after placement, the Department shall provide to the child's guardian ad litem a copy of the information provided to the prospective adoptive parent or parents or other caretaker. The information provided to the prospective adoptive parent or parents or other caretaker shall be reviewed and approved regarding accuracy at the supervisory level.
    (u-5) Effective July 1, 1995, only foster care placements licensed as foster family homes pursuant to the Child Care Act of 1969 shall be eligible to receive foster care payments from the Department. Relative caregivers who, as of July 1, 1995, were approved pursuant to approved relative placement rules previously promulgated by the Department at 89 Ill. Adm. Code 335 and had submitted an application for licensure as a foster family home may continue to receive foster care payments only until the Department determines that they may be licensed as a foster family home or that their application for licensure is denied or until September 30, 1995, whichever occurs first.
    (v) The Department shall access criminal history record information as defined in the Illinois Uniform Conviction Information Act and information maintained in the adjudicatory and dispositional record system as defined in Section 2605-355 of the Department of State Police Law (20 ILCS 2605/2605-355) if the Department determines the information is necessary to perform its duties under the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act, the Child Care Act of 1969, and the Children and Family Services Act. The Department shall provide for interactive computerized communication and processing equipment that permits direct on-line communication with the Department of State Police's central criminal history data repository. The Department shall comply with all certification requirements and provide certified operators who have been trained by personnel from the Department of State Police. In addition, one Office of the Inspector General investigator shall have training in the use of the criminal history information access system and have access to the terminal. The Department of Children and Family Services and its employees shall abide by rules and regulations established by the Department of State Police relating to the access and dissemination of this information.
    (v-1) Prior to final approval for placement of a child, the Department shall conduct a criminal records background check of the prospective foster or adoptive parent, including fingerprint-based checks of national crime information databases. Final approval for placement shall not be granted if the record check reveals a felony conviction for child abuse or neglect, for spousal abuse, for a crime against children, or for a crime involving violence, including rape, sexual assault, or homicide, but not including other physical assault or battery, or if there is a felony conviction for physical assault, battery, or a drug-related offense committed within the past 5 years.
    (v-2) Prior to final approval for placement of a child, the Department shall check its child abuse and neglect registry for information concerning prospective foster and adoptive parents, and any adult living in the home. If any prospective foster or adoptive parent or other adult living in the home has resided in another state in the preceding 5 years, the Department shall request a check of that other state's child abuse and neglect registry.
    (w) Within 120 days of August 20, 1995 (the effective date of Public Act 89-392), the Department shall prepare and submit to the Governor and the General Assembly, a written plan for the development of in-state licensed secure child care facilities that care for children who are in need of secure living arrangements for their health, safety, and well-being. For purposes of this subsection, secure care facility shall mean a facility that is designed and operated to ensure that all entrances and exits from the facility, a building or a distinct part of the building, are under the exclusive control of the staff of the facility, whether or not the child has the freedom of movement within the perimeter of the facility, building, or distinct part of the building. The plan shall include descriptions of the types of facilities that are needed in Illinois; the cost of developing these secure care facilities; the estimated number of placements; the potential cost savings resulting from the movement of children currently out-of-state who are projected to be returned to Illinois; the necessary geographic distribution of these facilities in Illinois; and a proposed timetable for development of such facilities.
    (x) The Department shall conduct annual credit history checks to determine the financial history of children placed under its guardianship pursuant to the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. The Department shall conduct such credit checks starting when a ward turns 12 years old and each year thereafter for the duration of the guardianship as terminated pursuant to the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. The Department shall determine if financial exploitation of the child's personal information has occurred. If financial exploitation appears to have taken place or is presently ongoing, the Department shall notify the proper law enforcement agency, the proper State's Attorney, or the Attorney General.
    (y) Beginning on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, a child with a disability who receives residential and educational services from the Department shall be eligible to receive transition services in accordance with Article 14 of the School Code from the age of 14.5 through age 21, inclusive, notwithstanding the child's residential services arrangement. For purposes of this subsection, "child with a disability" means a child with a disability as defined by the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004.
    (z) The Department shall access criminal history record information as defined as "background information" in this subsection and criminal history record information as defined in the Illinois Uniform Conviction Information Act for each Department employee or Department applicant. Each Department employee or Department applicant shall submit his or her fingerprints to the Department of State Police in the form and manner prescribed by the Department of State Police. These fingerprints shall be checked against the fingerprint records now and hereafter filed in the Department of State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal history records databases. The Department of State Police shall charge a fee for conducting the criminal history record check, which shall be deposited into the State Police Services Fund and shall not exceed the actual cost of the record check. The Department of State Police shall furnish, pursuant to positive identification, all Illinois conviction information to the Department of Children and Family Services.
    For purposes of this subsection:
    "Background information" means all of the following:
        (i) Upon the request of the Department of Children
    
and Family Services, conviction information obtained from the Department of State Police as a result of a fingerprint-based criminal history records check of the Illinois criminal history records database and the Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal history records database concerning a Department employee or Department applicant.
        (ii) Information obtained by the Department of
    
Children and Family Services after performing a check of the Department of State Police's Sex Offender Database, as authorized by Section 120 of the Sex Offender Community Notification Law, concerning a Department employee or Department applicant.
        (iii) Information obtained by the Department of
    
Children and Family Services after performing a check of the Child Abuse and Neglect Tracking System (CANTS) operated and maintained by the Department.
    "Department employee" means a full-time or temporary employee coded or certified within the State of Illinois Personnel System.
    "Department applicant" means an individual who has conditional Department full-time or part-time work, a contractor, an individual used to replace or supplement staff, an academic intern, a volunteer in Department offices or on Department contracts, a work-study student, an individual or entity licensed by the Department, or an unlicensed service provider who works as a condition of a contract or an agreement and whose work may bring the unlicensed service provider into contact with Department clients or client records.
(Source: P.A. 97-1150, eff. 1-25-13; 98-249, eff. 1-1-14; 98-570, eff. 8-27-13; 98-756, eff. 7-16-14.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-803)
    Sec. 5. Direct child welfare services; Department of Children and Family Services. To provide direct child welfare services when not available through other public or private child care or program facilities.
    (a) For purposes of this Section:
        (1) "Children" means persons found within the State
    
who are under the age of 18 years. The term also includes persons under age 21 who:
            (A) were committed to the Department pursuant to
        
the Juvenile Court Act or the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, as amended, prior to the age of 18 and who continue under the jurisdiction of the court; or
            (B) were accepted for care, service and training
        
by the Department prior to the age of 18 and whose best interest in the discretion of the Department would be served by continuing that care, service and training because of severe emotional disturbances, physical disability, social adjustment or any combination thereof, or because of the need to complete an educational or vocational training program.
        (2) "Homeless youth" means persons found within the
    
State who are under the age of 19, are not in a safe and stable living situation and cannot be reunited with their families.
        (3) "Child welfare services" means public social
    
services which are directed toward the accomplishment of the following purposes:
            (A) protecting and promoting the health, safety
        
and welfare of children, including homeless, dependent or neglected children;
            (B) remedying, or assisting in the solution of
        
problems which may result in, the neglect, abuse, exploitation or delinquency of children;
            (C) preventing the unnecessary separation of
        
children from their families by identifying family problems, assisting families in resolving their problems, and preventing the breakup of the family where the prevention of child removal is desirable and possible when the child can be cared for at home without endangering the child's health and safety;
            (D) restoring to their families children who have
        
been removed, by the provision of services to the child and the families when the child can be cared for at home without endangering the child's health and safety;
            (E) placing children in suitable adoptive homes,
        
in cases where restoration to the biological family is not safe, possible or appropriate;
            (F) assuring safe and adequate care of children
        
away from their homes, in cases where the child cannot be returned home or cannot be placed for adoption. At the time of placement, the Department shall consider concurrent planning, as described in subsection (l-1) of this Section so that permanency may occur at the earliest opportunity. Consideration should be given so that if reunification fails or is delayed, the placement made is the best available placement to provide permanency for the child;
            (G) (blank);
            (H) (blank); and
            (I) placing and maintaining children in
        
facilities that provide separate living quarters for children under the age of 18 and for children 18 years of age and older, unless a child 18 years of age is in the last year of high school education or vocational training, in an approved individual or group treatment program, in a licensed shelter facility, or secure child care facility. The Department is not required to place or maintain children:
                (i) who are in a foster home, or
                (ii) who are persons with a developmental
            
disability, as defined in the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code, or
                (iii) who are female children who are
            
pregnant, pregnant and parenting or parenting, or
                (iv) who are siblings, in facilities that
            
provide separate living quarters for children 18 years of age and older and for children under 18 years of age.
    (b) Nothing in this Section shall be construed to authorize the expenditure of public funds for the purpose of performing abortions.
    (c) The Department shall establish and maintain tax-supported child welfare services and extend and seek to improve voluntary services throughout the State, to the end that services and care shall be available on an equal basis throughout the State to children requiring such services.
    (d) The Director may authorize advance disbursements for any new program initiative to any agency contracting with the Department. As a prerequisite for an advance disbursement, the contractor must post a surety bond in the amount of the advance disbursement and have a purchase of service contract approved by the Department. The Department may pay up to 2 months operational expenses in advance. The amount of the advance disbursement shall be prorated over the life of the contract or the remaining months of the fiscal year, whichever is less, and the installment amount shall then be deducted from future bills. Advance disbursement authorizations for new initiatives shall not be made to any agency after that agency has operated during 2 consecutive fiscal years. The requirements of this Section concerning advance disbursements shall not apply with respect to the following: payments to local public agencies for child day care services as authorized by Section 5a of this Act; and youth service programs receiving grant funds under Section 17a-4.
    (e) (Blank).
    (f) (Blank).
    (g) The Department shall establish rules and regulations concerning its operation of programs designed to meet the goals of child safety and protection, family preservation, family reunification, and adoption, including but not limited to:
        (1) adoption;
        (2) foster care;
        (3) family counseling;
        (4) protective services;
        (5) (blank);
        (6) homemaker service;
        (7) return of runaway children;
        (8) (blank);
        (9) placement under Section 5-7 of the Juvenile Court
    
Act or Section 2-27, 3-28, 4-25 or 5-740 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 in accordance with the federal Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980; and
        (10) interstate services.
    Rules and regulations established by the Department shall include provisions for training Department staff and the staff of Department grantees, through contracts with other agencies or resources, in alcohol and drug abuse screening techniques approved by the Department of Human Services, as a successor to the Department of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, for the purpose of identifying children and adults who should be referred to an alcohol and drug abuse treatment program for professional evaluation.
    (h) If the Department finds that there is no appropriate program or facility within or available to the Department for a ward and that no licensed private facility has an adequate and appropriate program or none agrees to accept the ward, the Department shall create an appropriate individualized, program-oriented plan for such ward. The plan may be developed within the Department or through purchase of services by the Department to the extent that it is within its statutory authority to do.
    (i) Service programs shall be available throughout the State and shall include but not be limited to the following services:
        (1) case management;
        (2) homemakers;
        (3) counseling;
        (4) parent education;
        (5) day care; and
        (6) emergency assistance and advocacy.
    In addition, the following services may be made available to assess and meet the needs of children and families:
        (1) comprehensive family-based services;
        (2) assessments;
        (3) respite care; and
        (4) in-home health services.
    The Department shall provide transportation for any of the services it makes available to children or families or for which it refers children or families.
    (j) The Department may provide categories of financial assistance and education assistance grants, and shall establish rules and regulations concerning the assistance and grants, to persons who adopt physically or mentally handicapped, older and other hard-to-place children who (i) immediately prior to their adoption were legal wards of the Department or (ii) were determined eligible for financial assistance with respect to a prior adoption and who become available for adoption because the prior adoption has been dissolved and the parental rights of the adoptive parents have been terminated or because the child's adoptive parents have died. The Department may continue to provide financial assistance and education assistance grants for a child who was determined eligible for financial assistance under this subsection (j) in the interim period beginning when the child's adoptive parents died and ending with the finalization of the new adoption of the child by another adoptive parent or parents. The Department may also provide categories of financial assistance and education assistance grants, and shall establish rules and regulations for the assistance and grants, to persons appointed guardian of the person under Section 5-7 of the Juvenile Court Act or Section 2-27, 3-28, 4-25 or 5-740 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 for children who were wards of the Department for 12 months immediately prior to the appointment of the guardian.
    The amount of assistance may vary, depending upon the needs of the child and the adoptive parents, as set forth in the annual assistance agreement. Special purpose grants are allowed where the child requires special service but such costs may not exceed the amounts which similar services would cost the Department if it were to provide or secure them as guardian of the child.
    Any financial assistance provided under this subsection is inalienable by assignment, sale, execution, attachment, garnishment, or any other remedy for recovery or collection of a judgment or debt.
    (j-5) The Department shall not deny or delay the placement of a child for adoption if an approved family is available either outside of the Department region handling the case, or outside of the State of Illinois.
    (k) The Department shall accept for care and training any child who has been adjudicated neglected or abused, or dependent committed to it pursuant to the Juvenile Court Act or the Juvenile Court Act of 1987.
    (l) The Department shall offer family preservation services, as defined in Section 8.2 of the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act, to help families, including adoptive and extended families. Family preservation services shall be offered (i) to prevent the placement of children in substitute care when the children can be cared for at home or in the custody of the person responsible for the children's welfare, (ii) to reunite children with their families, or (iii) to maintain an adoptive placement. Family preservation services shall only be offered when doing so will not endanger the children's health or safety. With respect to children who are in substitute care pursuant to the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, family preservation services shall not be offered if a goal other than those of subdivisions (A), (B), or (B-1) of subsection (2) of Section 2-28 of that Act has been set. Nothing in this paragraph shall be construed to create a private right of action or claim on the part of any individual or child welfare agency, except that when a child is the subject of an action under Article II of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 and the child's service plan calls for services to facilitate achievement of the permanency goal, the court hearing the action under Article II of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 may order the Department to provide the services set out in the plan, if those services are not provided with reasonable promptness and if those services are available.
    The Department shall notify the child and his family of the Department's responsibility to offer and provide family preservation services as identified in the service plan. The child and his family shall be eligible for services as soon as the report is determined to be "indicated". The Department may offer services to any child or family with respect to whom a report of suspected child abuse or neglect has been filed, prior to concluding its investigation under Section 7.12 of the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. However, the child's or family's willingness to accept services shall not be considered in the investigation. The Department may also provide services to any child or family who is the subject of any report of suspected child abuse or neglect or may refer such child or family to services available from other agencies in the community, even if the report is determined to be unfounded, if the conditions in the child's or family's home are reasonably likely to subject the child or family to future reports of suspected child abuse or neglect. Acceptance of such services shall be voluntary. The Department may also provide services to any child or family after completion of a family assessment, as an alternative to an investigation, as provided under the "differential response program" provided for in subsection (a-5) of Section 7.4 of the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act.
    The Department may, at its discretion except for those children also adjudicated neglected or dependent, accept for care and training any child who has been adjudicated addicted, as a truant minor in need of supervision or as a minor requiring authoritative intervention, under the Juvenile Court Act or the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, but no such child shall be committed to the Department by any court without the approval of the Department. On and after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly and before January 1, 2017, a minor charged with a criminal offense under the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012 or adjudicated delinquent shall not be placed in the custody of or committed to the Department by any court, except (i) a minor less than 16 years of age committed to the Department under Section 5-710 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, (ii) a minor for whom an independent basis of abuse, neglect, or dependency exists, which must be defined by departmental rule, or (iii) a minor for whom the court has granted a supplemental petition to reinstate wardship pursuant to subsection (2) of Section 2-33 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. On and after January 1, 2017, a minor charged with a criminal offense under the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012 or adjudicated delinquent shall not be placed in the custody of or committed to the Department by any court, except (i) a minor less than 15 years of age committed to the Department under Section 5-710 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, ii) a minor for whom an independent basis of abuse, neglect, or dependency exists, which must be defined by departmental rule, or (iii) a minor for whom the court has granted a supplemental petition to reinstate wardship pursuant to subsection (2) of Section 2-33 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. An independent basis exists when the allegations or adjudication of abuse, neglect, or dependency do not arise from the same facts, incident, or circumstances which give rise to a charge or adjudication of delinquency.
    As soon as is possible after August 7, 2009 (the effective date of Public Act 96-134), the Department shall develop and implement a special program of family preservation services to support intact, foster, and adoptive families who are experiencing extreme hardships due to the difficulty and stress of caring for a child who has been diagnosed with a pervasive developmental disorder if the Department determines that those services are necessary to ensure the health and safety of the child. The Department may offer services to any family whether or not a report has been filed under the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. The Department may refer the child or family to services available from other agencies in the community if the conditions in the child's or family's home are reasonably likely to subject the child or family to future reports of suspected child abuse or neglect. Acceptance of these services shall be voluntary. The Department shall develop and implement a public information campaign to alert health and social service providers and the general public about these special family preservation services. The nature and scope of the services offered and the number of families served under the special program implemented under this paragraph shall be determined by the level of funding that the Department annually allocates for this purpose. The term "pervasive developmental disorder" under this paragraph means a neurological condition, including but not limited to, Asperger's Syndrome and autism, as defined in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders of the American Psychiatric Association.
    (l-1) The legislature recognizes that the best interests of the child require that the child be placed in the most permanent living arrangement as soon as is practically possible. To achieve this goal, the legislature directs the Department of Children and Family Services to conduct concurrent planning so that permanency may occur at the earliest opportunity. Permanent living arrangements may include prevention of placement of a child outside the home of the family when the child can be cared for at home without endangering the child's health or safety; reunification with the family, when safe and appropriate, if temporary placement is necessary; or movement of the child toward the most permanent living arrangement and permanent legal status.
    When determining reasonable efforts to be made with respect to a child, as described in this subsection, and in making such reasonable efforts, the child's health and safety shall be the paramount concern.
    When a child is placed in foster care, the Department shall ensure and document that reasonable efforts were made to prevent or eliminate the need to remove the child from the child's home. The Department must make reasonable efforts to reunify the family when temporary placement of the child occurs unless otherwise required, pursuant to the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. At any time after the dispositional hearing where the Department believes that further reunification services would be ineffective, it may request a finding from the court that reasonable efforts are no longer appropriate. The Department is not required to provide further reunification services after such a finding.
    A decision to place a child in substitute care shall be made with considerations of the child's health, safety, and best interests. At the time of placement, consideration should also be given so that if reunification fails or is delayed, the placement made is the best available placement to provide permanency for the child.
    The Department shall adopt rules addressing concurrent planning for reunification and permanency. The Department shall consider the following factors when determining appropriateness of concurrent planning:
        (1) the likelihood of prompt reunification;
        (2) the past history of the family;
        (3) the barriers to reunification being addressed by
    
the family;
        (4) the level of cooperation of the family;
        (5) the foster parents' willingness to work with the
    
family to reunite;
        (6) the willingness and ability of the foster family
    
to provide an adoptive home or long-term placement;
        (7) the age of the child;
        (8) placement of siblings.
    (m) The Department may assume temporary custody of any child if:
        (1) it has received a written consent to such
    
temporary custody signed by the parents of the child or by the parent having custody of the child if the parents are not living together or by the guardian or custodian of the child if the child is not in the custody of either parent, or
        (2) the child is found in the State and neither a
    
parent, guardian nor custodian of the child can be located.
If the child is found in his or her residence without a parent, guardian, custodian or responsible caretaker, the Department may, instead of removing the child and assuming temporary custody, place an authorized representative of the Department in that residence until such time as a parent, guardian or custodian enters the home and expresses a willingness and apparent ability to ensure the child's health and safety and resume permanent charge of the child, or until a relative enters the home and is willing and able to ensure the child's health and safety and assume charge of the child until a parent, guardian or custodian enters the home and expresses such willingness and ability to ensure the child's safety and resume permanent charge. After a caretaker has remained in the home for a period not to exceed 12 hours, the Department must follow those procedures outlined in Section 2-9, 3-11, 4-8, or 5-415 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987.
    The Department shall have the authority, responsibilities and duties that a legal custodian of the child would have pursuant to subsection (9) of Section 1-3 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. Whenever a child is taken into temporary custody pursuant to an investigation under the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act, or pursuant to a referral and acceptance under the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 of a minor in limited custody, the Department, during the period of temporary custody and before the child is brought before a judicial officer as required by Section 2-9, 3-11, 4-8, or 5-415 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, shall have the authority, responsibilities and duties that a legal custodian of the child would have under subsection (9) of Section 1-3 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987.
    The Department shall ensure that any child taken into custody is scheduled for an appointment for a medical examination.
    A parent, guardian or custodian of a child in the temporary custody of the Department who would have custody of the child if he were not in the temporary custody of the Department may deliver to the Department a signed request that the Department surrender the temporary custody of the child. The Department may retain temporary custody of the child for 10 days after the receipt of the request, during which period the Department may cause to be filed a petition pursuant to the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. If a petition is so filed, the Department shall retain temporary custody of the child until the court orders otherwise. If a petition is not filed within the 10 day period, the child shall be surrendered to the custody of the requesting parent, guardian or custodian not later than the expiration of the 10 day period, at which time the authority and duties of the Department with respect to the temporary custody of the child shall terminate.
    (m-1) The Department may place children under 18 years of age in a secure child care facility licensed by the Department that cares for children who are in need of secure living arrangements for their health, safety, and well-being after a determination is made by the facility director and the Director or the Director's designate prior to admission to the facility subject to Section 2-27.1 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. This subsection (m-1) does not apply to a child who is subject to placement in a correctional facility operated pursuant to Section 3-15-2 of the Unified Code of Corrections, unless the child is a ward who was placed under the care of the Department before being subject to placement in a correctional facility and a court of competent jurisdiction has ordered placement of the child in a secure care facility.
    (n) The Department may place children under 18 years of age in licensed child care facilities when in the opinion of the Department, appropriate services aimed at family preservation have been unsuccessful and cannot ensure the child's health and safety or are unavailable and such placement would be for their best interest. Payment for board, clothing, care, training and supervision of any child placed in a licensed child care facility may be made by the Department, by the parents or guardians of the estates of those children, or by both the Department and the parents or guardians, except that no payments shall be made by the Department for any child placed in a licensed child care facility for board, clothing, care, training and supervision of such a child that exceed the average per capita cost of maintaining and of caring for a child in institutions for dependent or neglected children operated by the Department. However, such restriction on payments does not apply in cases where children require specialized care and treatment for problems of severe emotional disturbance, physical disability, social adjustment, or any combination thereof and suitable facilities for the placement of such children are not available at payment rates within the limitations set forth in this Section. All reimbursements for services delivered shall be absolutely inalienable by assignment, sale, attachment, garnishment or otherwise.
    (n-1) The Department shall provide or authorize child welfare services, aimed at assisting minors to achieve sustainable self-sufficiency as independent adults, for any minor eligible for the reinstatement of wardship pursuant to subsection (2) of Section 2-33 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, whether or not such reinstatement is sought or allowed, provided that the minor consents to such services and has not yet attained the age of 21. The Department shall have responsibility for the development and delivery of services under this Section. An eligible youth may access services under this Section through the Department of Children and Family Services or by referral from the Department of Human Services. Youth participating in services under this Section shall cooperate with the assigned case manager in developing an agreement identifying the services to be provided and how the youth will increase skills to achieve self-sufficiency. A homeless shelter is not considered appropriate housing for any youth receiving child welfare services under this Section. The Department shall continue child welfare services under this Section to any eligible minor until the minor becomes 21 years of age, no longer consents to participate, or achieves self-sufficiency as identified in the minor's service plan. The Department of Children and Family Services shall create clear, readable notice of the rights of former foster youth to child welfare services under this Section and how such services may be obtained. The Department of Children and Family Services and the Department of Human Services shall disseminate this information statewide. The Department shall adopt regulations describing services intended to assist minors in achieving sustainable self-sufficiency as independent adults.
    (o) The Department shall establish an administrative review and appeal process for children and families who request or receive child welfare services from the Department. Children who are wards of the Department and are placed by private child welfare agencies, and foster families with whom those children are placed, shall be afforded the same procedural and appeal rights as children and families in the case of placement by the Department, including the right to an initial review of a private agency decision by that agency. The Department shall insure that any private child welfare agency, which accepts wards of the Department for placement, affords those rights to children and foster families. The Department shall accept for administrative review and an appeal hearing a complaint made by (i) a child or foster family concerning a decision following an initial review by a private child welfare agency or (ii) a prospective adoptive parent who alleges a violation of subsection (j-5) of this Section. An appeal of a decision concerning a change in the placement of a child shall be conducted in an expedited manner. A court determination that a current foster home placement is necessary and appropriate under Section 2-28 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 does not constitute a judicial determination on the merits of an administrative appeal, filed by a former foster parent, involving a change of placement decision.
    (p) There is hereby created the Department of Children and Family Services Emergency Assistance Fund from which the Department may provide special financial assistance to families which are in economic crisis when such assistance is not available through other public or private sources and the assistance is deemed necessary to prevent dissolution of the family unit or to reunite families which have been separated due to child abuse and neglect. The Department shall establish administrative rules specifying the criteria for determining eligibility for and the amount and nature of assistance to be provided. The Department may also enter into written agreements with private and public social service agencies to provide emergency financial services to families referred by the Department. Special financial assistance payments shall be available to a family no more than once during each fiscal year and the total payments to a family may not exceed $500 during a fiscal year.
    (q) The Department may receive and use, in their entirety, for the benefit of children any gift, donation or bequest of money or other property which is received on behalf of such children, or any financial benefits to which such children are or may become entitled while under the jurisdiction or care of the Department.
    The Department shall set up and administer no-cost, interest-bearing accounts in appropriate financial institutions for children for whom the Department is legally responsible and who have been determined eligible for Veterans' Benefits, Social Security benefits, assistance allotments from the armed forces, court ordered payments, parental voluntary payments, Supplemental Security Income, Railroad Retirement payments, Black Lung benefits, or other miscellaneous payments. Interest earned by each account shall be credited to the account, unless disbursed in accordance with this subsection.
    In disbursing funds from children's accounts, the Department shall:
        (1) Establish standards in accordance with State and
    
federal laws for disbursing money from children's accounts. In all circumstances, the Department's "Guardianship Administrator" or his or her designee must approve disbursements from children's accounts. The Department shall be responsible for keeping complete records of all disbursements for each account for any purpose.
        (2) Calculate on a monthly basis the amounts paid
    
from State funds for the child's board and care, medical care not covered under Medicaid, and social services; and utilize funds from the child's account, as covered by regulation, to reimburse those costs. Monthly, disbursements from all children's accounts, up to 1/12 of $13,000,000, shall be deposited by the Department into the General Revenue Fund and the balance over 1/12 of $13,000,000 into the DCFS Children's Services Fund.
        (3) Maintain any balance remaining after reimbursing
    
for the child's costs of care, as specified in item (2). The balance shall accumulate in accordance with relevant State and federal laws and shall be disbursed to the child or his or her guardian, or to the issuing agency.
    (r) The Department shall promulgate regulations encouraging all adoption agencies to voluntarily forward to the Department or its agent names and addresses of all persons who have applied for and have been approved for adoption of a hard-to-place or handicapped child and the names of such children who have not been placed for adoption. A list of such names and addresses shall be maintained by the Department or its agent, and coded lists which maintain the confidentiality of the person seeking to adopt the child and of the child shall be made available, without charge, to every adoption agency in the State to assist the agencies in placing such children for adoption. The Department may delegate to an agent its duty to maintain and make available such lists. The Department shall ensure that such agent maintains the confidentiality of the person seeking to adopt the child and of the child.
    (s) The Department of Children and Family Services may establish and implement a program to reimburse Department and private child welfare agency foster parents licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services for damages sustained by the foster parents as a result of the malicious or negligent acts of foster children, as well as providing third party coverage for such foster parents with regard to actions of foster children to other individuals. Such coverage will be secondary to the foster parent liability insurance policy, if applicable. The program shall be funded through appropriations from the General Revenue Fund, specifically designated for such purposes.
    (t) The Department shall perform home studies and investigations and shall exercise supervision over visitation as ordered by a court pursuant to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act or the Adoption Act only if:
        (1) an order entered by an Illinois court
    
specifically directs the Department to perform such services; and
        (2) the court has ordered one or both of the parties
    
to the proceeding to reimburse the Department for its reasonable costs for providing such services in accordance with Department rules, or has determined that neither party is financially able to pay.
    The Department shall provide written notification to the court of the specific arrangements for supervised visitation and projected monthly costs within 60 days of the court order. The Department shall send to the court information related to the costs incurred except in cases where the court has determined the parties are financially unable to pay. The court may order additional periodic reports as appropriate.
    (u) In addition to other information that must be provided, whenever the Department places a child with a prospective adoptive parent or parents or in a licensed foster home, group home, child care institution, or in a relative home, the Department shall provide to the prospective adoptive parent or parents or other caretaker:
        (1) available detailed information concerning the
    
child's educational and health history, copies of immunization records (including insurance and medical card information), a history of the child's previous placements, if any, and reasons for placement changes excluding any information that identifies or reveals the location of any previous caretaker;
        (2) a copy of the child's portion of the client
    
service plan, including any visitation arrangement, and all amendments or revisions to it as related to the child; and
        (3) information containing details of the child's
    
individualized educational plan when the child is receiving special education services.
    The caretaker shall be informed of any known social or behavioral information (including, but not limited to, criminal background, fire setting, perpetuation of sexual abuse, destructive behavior, and substance abuse) necessary to care for and safeguard the children to be placed or currently in the home. The Department may prepare a written summary of the information required by this paragraph, which may be provided to the foster or prospective adoptive parent in advance of a placement. The foster or prospective adoptive parent may review the supporting documents in the child's file in the presence of casework staff. In the case of an emergency placement, casework staff shall at least provide known information verbally, if necessary, and must subsequently provide the information in writing as required by this subsection.
    The information described in this subsection shall be provided in writing. In the case of emergency placements when time does not allow prior review, preparation, and collection of written information, the Department shall provide such information as it becomes available. Within 10 business days after placement, the Department shall obtain from the prospective adoptive parent or parents or other caretaker a signed verification of receipt of the information provided. Within 10 business days after placement, the Department shall provide to the child's guardian ad litem a copy of the information provided to the prospective adoptive parent or parents or other caretaker. The information provided to the prospective adoptive parent or parents or other caretaker shall be reviewed and approved regarding accuracy at the supervisory level.
    (u-5) Effective July 1, 1995, only foster care placements licensed as foster family homes pursuant to the Child Care Act of 1969 shall be eligible to receive foster care payments from the Department. Relative caregivers who, as of July 1, 1995, were approved pursuant to approved relative placement rules previously promulgated by the Department at 89 Ill. Adm. Code 335 and had submitted an application for licensure as a foster family home may continue to receive foster care payments only until the Department determines that they may be licensed as a foster family home or that their application for licensure is denied or until September 30, 1995, whichever occurs first.
    (v) The Department shall access criminal history record information as defined in the Illinois Uniform Conviction Information Act and information maintained in the adjudicatory and dispositional record system as defined in Section 2605-355 of the Department of State Police Law (20 ILCS 2605/2605-355) if the Department determines the information is necessary to perform its duties under the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act, the Child Care Act of 1969, and the Children and Family Services Act. The Department shall provide for interactive computerized communication and processing equipment that permits direct on-line communication with the Department of State Police's central criminal history data repository. The Department shall comply with all certification requirements and provide certified operators who have been trained by personnel from the Department of State Police. In addition, one Office of the Inspector General investigator shall have training in the use of the criminal history information access system and have access to the terminal. The Department of Children and Family Services and its employees shall abide by rules and regulations established by the Department of State Police relating to the access and dissemination of this information.
    (v-1) Prior to final approval for placement of a child, the Department shall conduct a criminal records background check of the prospective foster or adoptive parent, including fingerprint-based checks of national crime information databases. Final approval for placement shall not be granted if the record check reveals a felony conviction for child abuse or neglect, for spousal abuse, for a crime against children, or for a crime involving violence, including rape, sexual assault, or homicide, but not including other physical assault or battery, or if there is a felony conviction for physical assault, battery, or a drug-related offense committed within the past 5 years.
    (v-2) Prior to final approval for placement of a child, the Department shall check its child abuse and neglect registry for information concerning prospective foster and adoptive parents, and any adult living in the home. If any prospective foster or adoptive parent or other adult living in the home has resided in another state in the preceding 5 years, the Department shall request a check of that other state's child abuse and neglect registry.
    (w) Within 120 days of August 20, 1995 (the effective date of Public Act 89-392), the Department shall prepare and submit to the Governor and the General Assembly, a written plan for the development of in-state licensed secure child care facilities that care for children who are in need of secure living arrangements for their health, safety, and well-being. For purposes of this subsection, secure care facility shall mean a facility that is designed and operated to ensure that all entrances and exits from the facility, a building or a distinct part of the building, are under the exclusive control of the staff of the facility, whether or not the child has the freedom of movement within the perimeter of the facility, building, or distinct part of the building. The plan shall include descriptions of the types of facilities that are needed in Illinois; the cost of developing these secure care facilities; the estimated number of placements; the potential cost savings resulting from the movement of children currently out-of-state who are projected to be returned to Illinois; the necessary geographic distribution of these facilities in Illinois; and a proposed timetable for development of such facilities.
    (x) The Department shall conduct annual credit history checks to determine the financial history of children placed under its guardianship pursuant to the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. The Department shall conduct such credit checks starting when a ward turns 12 years old and each year thereafter for the duration of the guardianship as terminated pursuant to the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. The Department shall determine if financial exploitation of the child's personal information has occurred. If financial exploitation appears to have taken place or is presently ongoing, the Department shall notify the proper law enforcement agency, the proper State's Attorney, or the Attorney General.
    (y) Beginning on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, a child with a disability who receives residential and educational services from the Department shall be eligible to receive transition services in accordance with Article 14 of the School Code from the age of 14.5 through age 21, inclusive, notwithstanding the child's residential services arrangement. For purposes of this subsection, "child with a disability" means a child with a disability as defined by the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004.
    (z) The Department shall access criminal history record information as defined as "background information" in this subsection and criminal history record information as defined in the Illinois Uniform Conviction Information Act for each Department employee or Department applicant. Each Department employee or Department applicant shall submit his or her fingerprints to the Department of State Police in the form and manner prescribed by the Department of State Police. These fingerprints shall be checked against the fingerprint records now and hereafter filed in the Department of State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal history records databases. The Department of State Police shall charge a fee for conducting the criminal history record check, which shall be deposited into the State Police Services Fund and shall not exceed the actual cost of the record check. The Department of State Police shall furnish, pursuant to positive identification, all Illinois conviction information to the Department of Children and Family Services.
    For purposes of this subsection:
    "Background information" means all of the following:
        (i) Upon the request of the Department of Children
    
and Family Services, conviction information obtained from the Department of State Police as a result of a fingerprint-based criminal history records check of the Illinois criminal history records database and the Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal history records database concerning a Department employee or Department applicant.
        (ii) Information obtained by the Department of
    
Children and Family Services after performing a check of the Department of State Police's Sex Offender Database, as authorized by Section 120 of the Sex Offender Community Notification Law, concerning a Department employee or Department applicant.
        (iii) Information obtained by the Department of
    
Children and Family Services after performing a check of the Child Abuse and Neglect Tracking System (CANTS) operated and maintained by the Department.
    "Department employee" means a full-time or temporary employee coded or certified within the State of Illinois Personnel System.
    "Department applicant" means an individual who has conditional Department full-time or part-time work, a contractor, an individual used to replace or supplement staff, an academic intern, a volunteer in Department offices or on Department contracts, a work-study student, an individual or entity licensed by the Department, or an unlicensed service provider who works as a condition of a contract or an agreement and whose work may bring the unlicensed service provider into contact with Department clients or client records.
(Source: P.A. 97-1150, eff. 1-25-13; 98-249, eff. 1-1-14; 98-570, eff. 8-27-13; 98-756, eff. 7-16-14; 98-803, eff. 1-1-15.)

20 ILCS 505/5a

    (20 ILCS 505/5a) (from Ch. 23, par. 5005a)
    Sec. 5a. Reimbursable services for which the Department of Children and Family Services shall pay 100% of the reasonable cost pursuant to a written contract negotiated between the Department and the agency furnishing the services (which shall include but not be limited to the determination of reasonable cost, the services being purchased and the duration of the agreement) include, but are not limited to:
 
SERVICE ACTIVITIES
    Adjunctive Therapy;
    Child Care Service, including day care;
    Clinical Therapy;
    Custodial Service;
    Field Work Students;
    Food Service;
    Normal Education;
    In-Service Training;
    Intake or Evaluation, or both;
    Medical Services;
    Recreation;
    Social Work or Counselling, or both;
    Supportive Staff;
    Volunteers.
 
OBJECT EXPENSES
    Professional Fees and Contract Service Payments;
    Supplies;
    Telephone and Telegram;
    Occupancy;
    Local Transportation;
    Equipment and Other Fixed Assets, including amortization
        of same;
    Miscellaneous.
 
ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS
    Program Administration;
    Supervision and Consultation;
    Inspection and Monitoring for purposes of issuing
        licenses;
    Determination of Children who are eligible
    for federal or other reimbursement;
    Postage and Shipping;
    Outside Printing, Artwork, etc.;
    Subscriptions and Reference Publications;
    Management and General Expense.
Reimbursement of administrative costs other than inspection and monitoring for purposes of issuing licenses may not exceed 20% of the costs for other services.
    The Department may offer services to any child or family with respect to whom a report of suspected child abuse or neglect has been called in to the hotline after completion of a family assessment as provided under subsection (a-5) of Section 7.4 of the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act and the Department has determined that services are needed to address the safety of the child and other family members and the risk of subsequent maltreatment. Acceptance of such services shall be voluntary.
    All Object Expenses, Service Activities and Administrative Costs are allowable.
    If a survey instrument is used in the rate setting process:
        (a) with respect to any day care centers, it shall be
    
limited to those agencies which receive reimbursement from the State;
        (b) the cost survey instrument shall be promulgated
    
by rule;
        (c) any requirements of the respondents shall be
    
promulgated by rule;
        (d) all screens, limits or other tests of
    
reasonableness, allowability and reimbursability shall be promulgated by rule;
        (e) adjustments may be made by the Department to
    
rates when it determines that reported wage and salary levels are insufficient to attract capable caregivers in sufficient numbers.
    The Department of Children and Family Services may pay 100% of the reasonable costs of research and valuation focused exclusively on services to wards of the Department. Such research projects must be approved, in advance, by the Director of the Department.
    In addition to reimbursements otherwise provided for in this Section, the Department of Human Services shall, in accordance with annual written agreements, make advance quarterly disbursements to local public agencies for child day care services with funds appropriated from the Local Effort Day Care Fund.
    Neither the Department of Children and Family Services nor the Department of Human Services shall pay or approve reimbursement for day care in a facility which is operating without a valid license or permit, except in the case of day care homes or day care centers which are exempt from the licensing requirements of the "Child Care Act of 1969".
(Source: P.A. 96-760, eff. 1-1-10.)

20 ILCS 505/5b

    (20 ILCS 505/5b) (from Ch. 23, par. 5005b)
    Sec. 5b. Child Care and Development Fund; Department of Human Services.
    (a) Until October 1, 1998: The Child Care and Development Fund is hereby created as a special fund in the State treasury. Deposits to this fund shall consist of receipts from the federal government under the Child Care and Development Block Grant Program. Disbursements from the Child Care and Development Fund shall be made by the Department of Human Services in accordance with the guidelines established by the federal government for the Child Care and Development Block Grant Program, subject to appropriation by the General Assembly.
    (b) The Child Care and Development Fund is abolished on October 1, 1998, and any balance remaining in the Fund on that date shall be transferred to the Special Purposes Trust Fund described in Section 12-10 of the Illinois Public Aid Code.
(Source: P.A. 89-507, eff. 7-1-97; 90-587, eff. 7-1-98.)

20 ILCS 505/5c

    (20 ILCS 505/5c)
    Sec. 5c. Direct child welfare service employee license.
    (a) By January 1, 2000, the Department, in consultation with private child welfare agencies, shall develop and implement a direct child welfare service employee license. By January 1, 2001 all child protective investigators and supervisors and child welfare specialists and supervisors employed by the Department or its contractors shall be required to demonstrate sufficient knowledge and skills to obtain and maintain the license. The Direct Child Welfare Service Employee License Board of the Department shall have the authority to revoke or suspend the license of anyone who after a hearing is found to be guilty of misfeasance. The Department shall promulgate such rules as necessary to implement this Section.
    (b) If a direct child welfare service employee licensee is expected to transport a child or children with a motor vehicle in the course of performing his or her duties, the Department must verify that the licensee meets the requirements set forth in Section 5.1 of the Child Care Act of 1969. The Department must make that verification as to each such licensee every 2 years. Upon the Department's request, the Secretary of State shall provide the Department with the information necessary to enable the Department to make the verifications required under this subsection. If the Department discovers that a direct child welfare service employee licensee has engaged in transporting a child or children with a motor vehicle without having a valid driver's license, the Department shall immediately revoke the individual's direct child welfare service employee license.
    (c) On or before January 1, 2000, and every year thereafter, the Department shall submit an annual report to the General Assembly on the implementation of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 94-943, eff. 1-1-07.)

20 ILCS 505/5d

    (20 ILCS 505/5d)
    Sec. 5d. The Direct Child Welfare Service Employee License Board.
    (a) For purposes of this Section:
        (1) "Board" means the Direct Child Welfare Service
    
Employee License Board.
        (2) "Director" means the Director of Children and
    
Family Services.
    (b) The Direct Child Welfare Service Employee License Board is created within the Department of Children and Family Services and shall consist of 9 members appointed by the Director. The Director shall annually designate a chairperson and vice-chairperson of the Board. The membership of the Board must be composed as follows: (i) 5 licensed professionals from the field of human services with a human services degree or equivalent course work as required by rule of the Department and who are in good standing within their profession, at least 2 of which must be employed in the private not-for-profit sector and at least one of which in the public sector; (ii) 2 faculty members of an accredited university who have child welfare experience and are in good standing within their profession and (iii) 2 members of the general public who are not licensed under this Act or a similar rule and will represent consumer interests.
    In making the first appointments, the Director shall appoint 3 members to serve for a term of one year, 3 members to serve for a term of 2 years, and 3 members to serve for a term of 3 years, or until their successors are appointed and qualified. Their successors shall be appointed to serve 3-year terms, or until their successors are appointed and qualified. Appointments to fill unexpired vacancies shall be made in the same manner as original appointments. No member may be reappointed if a reappointment would cause that member to serve on the Board for longer than 6 consecutive years. Board membership must have reasonable representation from different geographic areas of Illinois, and all members must be residents of this State.
    The Director may terminate the appointment of any member for good cause, including but not limited to (i) unjustified absences from Board meetings or other failure to meet Board responsibilities, (ii) failure to recuse himself or herself when required by subsection (c) of this Section or Department rule, or (iii) failure to maintain the professional position required by Department rule. No member of the Board may have a pending or indicated report of child abuse or neglect or a pending complaint or criminal conviction of any of the offenses set forth in paragraph (b) of Section 4.2 of the Child Care Act of 1969.
    The members of the Board shall receive no compensation for the performance of their duties as members, but each member shall be reimbursed for his or her reasonable and necessary expenses incurred in attending the meetings of the Board.
    (c) The Board shall make recommendations to the Director regarding licensure rules. Board members must recuse themselves from sitting on any matter involving an employee of a child welfare agency at which the Board member is an employee or contractual employee. The Board shall make a final determination concerning revocation, suspension, or reinstatement of an employee's direct child welfare service license after a hearing conducted under the Department's rules. Upon notification of the manner of the vote to all the members, votes on a final determination may be cast in person, by telephonic or electronic means, or by mail at the discretion of the chairperson. A simple majority of the members appointed and serving is required when Board members vote by mail or by telephonic or electronic means. A majority of the currently appointed and serving Board members constitutes a quorum. A majority of a quorum is required when a recommendation is voted on during a Board meeting. A vacancy in the membership of the Board shall not impair the right of a quorum to perform all the duties of the Board. Board members are not personally liable in any action based upon a disciplinary proceeding or otherwise for any action taken in good faith as a member of the Board.
    (d) The Director may assign Department employees to provide staffing services to the Board. The Department must promulgate any rules necessary to implement and administer the requirements of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 92-471, eff. 8-22-01; 92-651, eff. 7-11-02.)

20 ILCS 505/5e

    (20 ILCS 505/5e)
    Sec. 5e. Advocacy Office for Children and Families. The Department of Children and Family Services shall establish and maintain an Advocacy Office for Children and Families that shall, in addition to other duties assigned by the Director, receive and respond to complaints that may be filed by children, parents, caretakers, and relatives of children receiving child welfare services from the Department of Children and Family Services or its agents. The Department shall promulgate policies and procedures for filing, processing, investigating, and resolving the complaints. The Department shall make a final report to the complainant of its findings. If a final report is not completed, the Department shall report on its disposition every 30 days. The Advocacy Office shall include a statewide toll-free telephone number that may be used to file complaints, or to obtain information about the delivery of child welfare services by the Department or its agents. This telephone number shall be included in all appropriate notices and handbooks regarding services available through the Department.
(Source: P.A. 92-334, eff. 8-10-01; 92-651, eff. 7-11-02.)

20 ILCS 505/5.10

    (20 ILCS 505/5.10)
    Sec. 5.10. Direct child welfare services; Department of Human Services. The Department of Human Services shall provide direct child welfare services when not available through other public or private child care or program facilities. For purposes of this Section, "child welfare services" means public social services that are directed toward the accomplishment of the following purposes:
        (1) Preventing the problems that may result in the
    
neglect, abuse, exploitation, or delinquency of children.
        (2) Providing supportive services and living
    
maintenance that contribute to the physical, emotional, and social well-being of children who are pregnant and unmarried.
        (3) Providing shelter and independent living services
    
for homeless youth.
(Source: P.A. 89-507, eff. 7-1-97.)

20 ILCS 505/5.15

    (20 ILCS 505/5.15)
    Sec. 5.15. Daycare; Department of Human Services.
    (a) For the purpose of ensuring effective statewide planning, development, and utilization of resources for the day care of children, operated under various auspices, the Department of Human Services is designated to coordinate all day care activities for children of the State and shall develop or continue, and shall update every year, a State comprehensive day-care plan for submission to the Governor that identifies high-priority areas and groups, relating them to available resources and identifying the most effective approaches to the use of existing day care services. The State comprehensive day-care plan shall be made available to the General Assembly following the Governor's approval of the plan.
    The plan shall include methods and procedures for the development of additional day care resources for children to meet the goal of reducing short-run and long-run dependency and to provide necessary enrichment and stimulation to the education of young children. Recommendations shall be made for State policy on optimum use of private and public, local, State and federal resources, including an estimate of the resources needed for the licensing and regulation of day care facilities.
    A written report shall be submitted to the Governor and the General Assembly annually on April 15. The report shall include an evaluation of developments over the preceding fiscal year, including cost-benefit analyses of various arrangements. Beginning with the report in 1990 submitted by the Department's predecessor agency and every 2 years thereafter, the report shall also include the following:
        (1) An assessment of the child care services, needs
    
and available resources throughout the State and an assessment of the adequacy of existing child care services, including, but not limited to, services assisted under this Act and under any other program administered by other State agencies.
        (2) A survey of day care facilities to determine the
    
number of qualified caregivers, as defined by rule, attracted to vacant positions and any problems encountered by facilities in attracting and retaining capable caregivers. The report shall include an assessment, based on the survey, of improvements in employee benefits that may attract capable caregivers.
        (3) The average wages and salaries and fringe benefit
    
packages paid to caregivers throughout the State, computed on a regional basis, compared to similarly qualified employees in other but related fields.
        (4) The qualifications of new caregivers hired at
    
licensed day care facilities during the previous 2-year period.
        (5) Recommendations for increasing caregiver wages
    
and salaries to ensure quality care for children.
        (6) Evaluation of the fee structure and income
    
eligibility for child care subsidized by the State.
    The requirement for reporting to the General Assembly shall be satisfied by filing copies of the report with the Speaker, the Minority Leader, and the Clerk of the House of Representatives, the President, the Minority Leader, and the Secretary of the Senate, and the Legislative Research Unit, as required by Section 3.1 of the General Assembly Organization Act, and filing such additional copies with the State Government Report Distribution Center for the General Assembly as is required under paragraph (t) of Section 7 of the State Library Act.
    (b) The Department of Human Services shall establish policies and procedures for developing and implementing interagency agreements with other agencies of the State providing child care services or reimbursement for such services. The plans shall be annually reviewed and modified for the purpose of addressing issues of applicability and service system barriers.
    (c) In cooperation with other State agencies, the Department of Human Services shall develop and implement, or shall continue, a resource and referral system for the State of Illinois either within the Department or by contract with local or regional agencies. Funding for implementation of this system may be provided through Department appropriations or other inter-agency funding arrangements. The resource and referral system shall provide at least the following services:
        (1) Assembling and maintaining a data base on the
    
supply of child care services.
        (2) Providing information and referrals for parents.
        (3) Coordinating the development of new child care
    
resources.
        (4) Providing technical assistance and training to
    
child care service providers.
        (5) Recording and analyzing the demand for child care
    
services.
    (d) The Department of Human Services shall conduct day care planning activities with the following priorities:
        (1) Development of voluntary day care resources
    
wherever possible, with the provision for grants-in-aid only where demonstrated to be useful and necessary as incentives or supports. By January 1, 2002, the Department shall design a plan to create more child care slots as well as goals and timetables to improve quality and accessibility of child care.
        (2) Emphasis on service to children of recipients of
    
public assistance when such service will allow training or employment of the parent toward achieving the goal of independence.
        (3) (Blank).
        (4) Care of children from families in stress and
    
crises whose members potentially may become, or are in danger of becoming, non-productive and dependent.
        (5) Expansion of family day care facilities wherever
    
possible.
        (6) Location of centers in economically depressed
    
neighborhoods, preferably in multi-service centers with cooperation of other agencies. The Department shall coordinate the provision of grants, but only to the extent funds are specifically appropriated for this purpose, to encourage the creation and expansion of child care centers in high need communities to be issued by the State, business, and local governments.
        (7) Use of existing facilities free of charge or for
    
reasonable rental whenever possible in lieu of construction.
        (8) Development of strategies for assuring a more
    
complete range of day care options, including provision of day care services in homes, in schools, or in centers, which will enable a parent or parents to complete a course of education or obtain or maintain employment and the creation of more child care options for swing shift, evening, and weekend workers and for working women with sick children. The Department shall encourage companies to provide child care in their own offices or in the building in which the corporation is located so that employees of all the building's tenants can benefit from the facility.
        (9) Development of strategies for subsidizing
    
students pursuing degrees in the child care field.
        (10) Continuation and expansion of service programs
    
that assist teen parents to continue and complete their education.
    Emphasis shall be given to support services that will help to ensure such parents' graduation from high school and to services for participants in any programs of job training conducted by the Department.
    (e) The Department of Human Services shall actively stimulate the development of public and private resources at the local level. It shall also seek the fullest utilization of federal funds directly or indirectly available to the Department.
    Where appropriate, existing non-governmental agencies or associations shall be involved in planning by the Department.
    (f) To better accommodate the child care needs of low income working families, especially those who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or who are transitioning from TANF to work, or who are at risk of depending on TANF in the absence of child care, the Department shall complete a study using outcome-based assessment measurements to analyze the various types of child care needs, including but not limited to: child care homes; child care facilities; before and after school care; and evening and weekend care. Based upon the findings of the study, the Department shall develop a plan by April 15, 1998, that identifies the various types of child care needs within various geographic locations. The plan shall include, but not be limited to, the special needs of parents and guardians in need of non-traditional child care services such as early mornings, evenings, and weekends; the needs of very low income families and children and how they might be better served; and strategies to assist child care providers to meet the needs and schedules of low income families.
(Source: P.A. 92-468, eff. 8-22-01.)

20 ILCS 505/5.20

    (20 ILCS 505/5.20)
    Sec. 5.20. Child care for former public aid recipients; Department of Human Services. The Department of Human Services may provide child care services to former recipients of assistance under the Illinois Public Aid Code as authorized by Section 9-6.3 of that Code.
(Source: P.A. 89-507, eff. 7-1-97.)

20 ILCS 505/5.25

    (20 ILCS 505/5.25)
    Sec. 5.25. Behavioral health services.
    (a) Every child in the care of the Department of Children and Family Services under this Act shall receive the necessary behavioral health services including but not limited to: mental health services, trauma services, substance abuse services, and developmental disabilities services. The provision of these services may be provided in milieu including but not limited to: integrated assessment, treatment plans, individual and group therapy, specialized foster care, community based programming, licensed residential services, psychosocial rehabilitation, screening assessment and support services, hospitalization, and transitional planning and referral to the Department of Human Services for appropriate services when the child reaches adulthood. Services shall be appropriate to meet the needs of the individual child and may be provided to the child at the site of the program, facility, or foster home or at an otherwise appropriate location. A program facility, or home, shall assist the Department staff in arranging for a child to receive behavioral health services from an outside provider when those services are necessary to meet the child's needs and the child wishes to receive them.
    (b) Not later than January 1, 2006, the Department shall file a proposed rule or a proposed amendment to an existing rule regarding the provision of behavioral health services to children who have serious behavioral health needs. The proposal shall address, but is not limited to, the implementation of the following: integrated assessment, treatment plans, individual and group therapy, specialized foster care, community based programming, licensed residential services, psychosocial rehabilitation, hospitalization, and transitional planning and referral to the Department of Human Services for appropriate services when the child reaches adulthood.
    (c) In preparation for the comprehensive implementation of the behavioral health system, the Department shall also prepare an assessment of behavioral health community services available to the Department in the State. The assessment shall evaluate the resources needed in each region to provide appropriate behavioral health services for all of the Department's foster children within the region's service area who are in need of behavioral health services. The assessments shall include, at a minimum, an analysis of the current availability and needs in each of the following areas: comprehensive integrated assessment, trauma services, mental health treatment, qualified mental health professionals, community providers, programs for psychosocial rehabilitation, and programs for substance abuse. By January 1, 2007, the Department shall complete all required individual and regional assessments and shall submit a written report to the Governor and the General Assembly that describes the results of the assessment and contains a specific plan to address the identified needs for services.
(Source: P.A. 94-34, eff. 1-1-06.)

20 ILCS 505/5.30

    (20 ILCS 505/5.30)
    Sec. 5.30. Specialized care.
    (a) Not later than July 1, 2007, the Department shall adopt a rule, or an amendment to a rule then in effect, regarding the provision of specialized care to a child in the custody or guardianship of the Department, or to a child being placed in a subsidized guardianship arrangement or under an adoption assistance agreement, who requires such services due to emotional, behavioral, developmental, or medical needs, or any combination thereof, or any other needs which require special intervention services, the primary goal being to maintain the child in foster care or in a permanency setting. The rule or amendment to a rule shall establish, at a minimum, the criteria, standards, and procedures for the following:
        (1) The determination that a child requires
    
specialization.
        (2) The determination of the level of care required
    
to meet the child's special needs.
        (3) The approval of a plan of care that will meet the
    
child's special needs.
        (4) The monitoring of the specialized care provided
    
to the child and review of the plan to ensure quality of care and effectiveness in meeting the child's needs.
        (5) The determination, approval, and implementation
    
of amendments to the plan of care.
        (6) The establishment and maintenance of the
    
qualifications, including specialized training, of caretakers of specialized children.
    The rule or amendment to a rule adopted under this subsection shall establish the minimum services to be provided to children eligible for specialized care under this Section. The Department shall also adopt rules providing for the training of Department and public or private agency staff involved in implementing the rule. On or before September 1 of 2007 and each year thereafter, the Department shall submit to the General Assembly an annual report on the implementation of this Section.
    (b) No payments to caregivers in effect for the specialized treatment or care of a child, nor the level of care being provided to a child prior to the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 94th General Assembly, shall be reduced under the criteria, standards, and procedures adopted and implemented under this Section.
(Source: P.A. 94-1010, eff. 10-1-06.)

20 ILCS 505/5.35

    (20 ILCS 505/5.35)
    Sec. 5.35. Residential services; rates.
    (a) In this Section, "residential services" means child care institution care, group home care, independent living services, and transitional living services that are licensed and purchased by the Department on behalf of children under the age of 22 years who are served by the Department and who need 24-hour residential care due to emotional and behavior problems or severe mental illness and that are services for which the Department has rate-setting authority.
    For the purposes of this Section, "residential services" does not include (i) residential alcohol and other drug abuse treatment services or (ii) programs serving children primarily referred because of a developmental disability or mental health needs.
    (b) The Department shall work with representatives of residential services providers with which the Department contracts for residential services and with representatives of other State agencies that purchase comparable residential services from agencies for which the Department has rate-setting authority to develop a performance-based model for these residential services. Other State agencies shall include, but not be limited to, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Juvenile Justice, and the Illinois State Board of Education. The rate paid by the other State agencies for comparable residential services shall not be less than the performance-based rates set by the Department.
    (c) The performance-based model to be developed shall include required program components and a rate-setting methodology that incorporates the reasonable costs of the required program components, subject to the provisions and limitations prescribed in 89 Illinois Administrative Code, Chapter III, Subchapter c, Part 356, Rate-setting.
(Source: P.A. 96-65, eff. 7-23-09.)

20 ILCS 505/6

    (20 ILCS 505/6) (from Ch. 23, par. 5006)
    Sec. 6. The Department shall not authorize payment under Section 5 or accept guardianship for any child for whom a final dependency order has been entered prior to January 1, 1964, under the provisions of the "Family Court Act" or for a child accepted for care or placement by a private child care facility prior to that date, except for a child who has been receiving public aid under Articles IV, V, VI, or VII of "The Illinois Public Aid Code" who is no longer eligible for such aid but who continues to be in need of foster care.
(Source: P.A. 76-367.)

20 ILCS 505/6.5

    (20 ILCS 505/6.5)
    Sec. 6.5. Children; methamphetamine; protocol.
    (a) The Department of Children and Family Services, the Department of State Police, and the State Board of Education shall jointly develop a sample protocol to be followed by the Department of Children and Family Services, the Department of State Police or a local law enforcement agency, or a school when:
        (1) a person or persons are arrested for
    
manufacturing methamphetamine at a place where a child under 18 years of age resides; or
        (2) the Department of Children and Family Services,
    
the Department of State Police or a local law enforcement agency, or a school has reason to believe that a child under 18 years of age is being exposed to an environment where methamphetamine is manufactured or used.
    (b) At a minimum, the protocol developed under this Section must do the following:
        (1) Provide for an appropriate custodian of the
    
affected child.
        (2) Provide for the necessary care and supervision of
    
the affected child, including appropriate shelter, clothing, food, and medical care.
        (3) Provide for the child's attendance at an
    
appropriate school.
    (c) The Department of Children and Family Services, the Department of State Police, and the State Board of Education must develop the protocol by January 1, 2006.
    (d) The Department of Children and Family Services must post the protocol on the official Web site maintained by the Department.
(Source: P.A. 94-554, eff. 1-1-06.)

20 ILCS 505/6a

    (20 ILCS 505/6a) (from Ch. 23, par. 5006a)
    Sec. 6a. Case Plan.
    (a) With respect to each Department client for whom the Department is providing placement service, the Department shall develop a case plan designed to stabilize the family situation and prevent placement of a child outside the home of the family when the child can be cared for at home without endangering the child's health or safety, reunify the family if temporary placement is necessary when safe and appropriate, or move the child toward the most permanent living arrangement and permanent legal status. Such case plan shall provide for the utilization of family preservation services as defined in Section 8.2 of the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. Such case plan shall be reviewed and updated every 6 months. Where appropriate, the case plan shall include recommendations concerning alcohol or drug abuse evaluation.
    (b) The Department may enter into written agreements with child welfare agencies to establish and implement case plan demonstration projects. The demonstration projects shall require that service providers develop, implement, review and update client case plans. The Department shall examine the effectiveness of the demonstration projects in promoting the family reunification or the permanent placement of each client and shall report its findings to the General Assembly no later than 90 days after the end of the fiscal year in which any such demonstration project is implemented.
(Source: P.A. 89-704, eff. 8-16-97 (changed from 1-1-98 by P.A. 90-443); 90-28, eff. 1-1-98; 90-443, eff. 8-16-97.)

20 ILCS 505/6b

    (20 ILCS 505/6b) (from Ch. 23, par. 5006b)
    Sec. 6b. Case tracking system.
    (1) The Department shall establish and operate a case tracking system which shall be designed to monitor and evaluate family preservation, family reunification and placement services.
    (2) The Department shall establish and operate the case tracking system for the Department clients for whom the Department is providing or paying for such services. The Department shall work with the courts in the development of a cooperative case tracking system.
    (3) The Department shall determine the basic elements and access and provide for records of the case tracking system to not be open to the general public.
    (4) The Department shall use the case tracking system to determine whether any child reported to the Department under Section 3.5 of the Intergovernmental Missing Child Recovery Act of 1984 matches a Department ward and whether that child had been abandoned within the previous 2 months.
(Source: P.A. 89-213, eff. 1-1-96.)

20 ILCS 505/6c

    (20 ILCS 505/6c)
    Sec. 6c. Parental inquiry. The Department shall maintain a system of response to inquiry made by parents or putative parents as to whether their child is under the custody or guardianship of the Department; and if so, the Department shall direct the parents or putative parents to the appropriate court of jurisdiction, including where inquiry may be made of the clerk of the court regarding the case number and the next scheduled court date of the minor's case. Effective notice and the means of accessing information shall be given to the public on a continuing basis by the Department.
(Source: P.A. 90-27, eff. 1-1-98.)

20 ILCS 505/7

    (20 ILCS 505/7) (from Ch. 23, par. 5007)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-846)
    Sec. 7. Placement of children; considerations.
    (a) In placing any child under this Act, the Department shall place the child, as far as possible, in the care and custody of some individual holding the same religious belief as the parents of the child, or with some child care facility which is operated by persons of like religious faith as the parents of such child.
    (a-5) In placing a child under this Act, the Department shall place the child with the child's sibling or siblings under Section 7.4 of this Act unless the placement is not in each child's best interest, or is otherwise not possible under the Department's rules. If the child is not placed with a sibling under the Department's rules, the Department shall consider placements that are likely to develop, preserve, nurture, and support sibling relationships, where doing so is in each child's best interest.
    (b) In placing a child under this Act, the Department may place a child with a relative if the Department determines that the relative will be able to adequately provide for the child's safety and welfare based on the factors set forth in the Department's rules governing relative placements, and that the placement is consistent with the child's best interests, taking into consideration the factors set out in subsection (4.05) of Section 1-3 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987.
    When the Department first assumes custody of a child, in placing that child under this Act, the Department shall make reasonable efforts to identify and locate a relative who is ready, willing, and able to care for the child. At a minimum, these efforts shall be renewed each time the child requires a placement change and it is appropriate for the child to be cared for in a home environment. The Department must document its efforts to identify and locate such a relative placement and maintain the documentation in the child's case file.
    If the Department determines that a placement with any identified relative is not in the child's best interests or that the relative does not meet the requirements to be a relative caregiver, as set forth in Department rules or by statute, the Department must document the basis for that decision and maintain the documentation in the child's case file.
    If, pursuant to the Department's rules, any person files an administrative appeal of the Department's decision not to place a child with a relative, it is the Department's burden to prove that the decision is consistent with the child's best interests.
    When the Department determines that the child requires placement in an environment, other than a home environment, the Department shall continue to make reasonable efforts to identify and locate relatives to serve as visitation resources for the child and potential future placement resources, except when the Department determines that those efforts would be futile or inconsistent with the child's best interests.
    If the Department determines that efforts to identify and locate relatives would be futile or inconsistent with the child's best interests, the Department shall document the basis of its determination and maintain the documentation in the child's case file.
    If the Department determines that an individual or a group of relatives are inappropriate to serve as visitation resources or possible placement resources, the Department shall document the basis of its determination and maintain the documentation in the child's case file.
    When the Department determines that an individual or a group of relatives are appropriate to serve as visitation resources or possible future placement resources, the Department shall document the basis of its determination, maintain the documentation in the child's case file, create a visitation or transition plan, or both, and incorporate the visitation or transition plan, or both, into the child's case plan. For the purpose of this subsection, any determination as to the child's best interests shall include consideration of the factors set out in subsection (4.05) of Section 1-3 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987.
    The Department may not place a child with a relative, with the exception of certain circumstances which may be waived as defined by the Department in rules, if the results of a check of the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System (LEADS) identifies a prior criminal conviction of the relative or any adult member of the relative's household for any of the following offenses under the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012:
        (1) murder;
        (1.1) solicitation of murder;
        (1.2) solicitation of murder for hire;
        (1.3) intentional homicide of an unborn child;
        (1.4) voluntary manslaughter of an unborn child;
        (1.5) involuntary manslaughter;
        (1.6) reckless homicide;
        (1.7) concealment of a homicidal death;
        (1.8) involuntary manslaughter of an unborn child;
        (1.9) reckless homicide of an unborn child;
        (1.10) drug-induced homicide;
        (2) a sex offense under Article 11, except offenses
    
described in Sections 11-7, 11-8, 11-12, 11-13, 11-35, 11-40, and 11-45;
        (3) kidnapping;
        (3.1) aggravated unlawful restraint;
        (3.2) forcible detention;
        (3.3) aiding and abetting child abduction;
        (4) aggravated kidnapping;
        (5) child abduction;
        (6) aggravated battery of a child as described in
    
Section 12-4.3 or subdivision (b)(1) of Section 12-3.05;
        (7) criminal sexual assault;
        (8) aggravated criminal sexual assault;
        (8.1) predatory criminal sexual assault of a child;
        (9) criminal sexual abuse;
        (10) aggravated sexual abuse;
        (11) heinous battery as described in Section 12-4.1
    
or subdivision (a)(2) of Section 12-3.05;
        (12) aggravated battery with a firearm as described
    
in Section 12-4.2 or subdivision (e)(1), (e)(2), (e)(3), or (e)(4) of Section 12-3.05;
        (13) tampering with food, drugs, or cosmetics;
        (14) drug-induced infliction of great bodily harm as
    
described in Section 12-4.7 or subdivision (g)(1) of Section 12-3.05;
        (15) aggravated stalking;
        (16) home invasion;
        (17) vehicular invasion;
        (18) criminal transmission of HIV;
        (19) criminal abuse or neglect of an elderly or
    
disabled person as described in Section 12-21 or subsection (b) of Section 12-4.4a;
        (20) child abandonment;
        (21) endangering the life or health of a child;
        (22) ritual mutilation;
        (23) ritualized abuse of a child;
        (24) an offense in any other state the elements of
    
which are similar and bear a substantial relationship to any of the foregoing offenses.
For the purpose of this subsection, "relative" shall include any person, 21 years of age or over, other than the parent, who (i) is currently related to the child in any of the following ways by blood or adoption: grandparent, sibling, great-grandparent, uncle, aunt, nephew, niece, first cousin, second cousin, godparent, great-uncle, or great-aunt; or (ii) is the spouse of such a relative; or (iii) is the child's step-father, step-mother, or adult step-brother or step-sister; "relative" also includes a person related in any of the foregoing ways to a sibling of a child, even though the person is not related to the child, when the child and its sibling are placed together with that person. For children who have been in the guardianship of the Department, have been adopted, and are subsequently returned to the temporary custody or guardianship of the Department, a "relative" may also include any person who would have qualified as a relative under this paragraph prior to the adoption, but only if the Department determines, and documents, that it would be in the child's best interests to consider this person a relative, based upon the factors for determining best interests set forth in subsection (4.05) of Section 1-3 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. A relative with whom a child is placed pursuant to this subsection may, but is not required to, apply for licensure as a foster family home pursuant to the Child Care Act of 1969; provided, however, that as of July 1, 1995, foster care payments shall be made only to licensed foster family homes pursuant to the terms of Section 5 of this Act.
    (c) In placing a child under this Act, the Department shall ensure that the child's health, safety, and best interests are met. In rejecting placement of a child with an identified relative, the Department shall ensure that the child's health, safety, and best interests are met. In evaluating the best interests of the child, the Department shall take into consideration the factors set forth in subsection (4.05) of Section 1-3 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987.
    The Department shall consider the individual needs of the child and the capacity of the prospective foster or adoptive parents to meet the needs of the child. When a child must be placed outside his or her home and cannot be immediately returned to his or her parents or guardian, a comprehensive, individualized assessment shall be performed of that child at which time the needs of the child shall be determined. Only if race, color, or national origin is identified as a legitimate factor in advancing the child's best interests shall it be considered. Race, color, or national origin shall not be routinely considered in making a placement decision. The Department shall make special efforts for the diligent recruitment of potential foster and adoptive families that reflect the ethnic and racial diversity of the children for whom foster and adoptive homes are needed. "Special efforts" shall include contacting and working with community organizations and religious organizations and may include contracting with those organizations, utilizing local media and other local resources, and conducting outreach activities.
    (c-1) At the time of placement, the Department shall consider concurrent planning, as described in subsection (l-1) of Section 5, so that permanency may occur at the earliest opportunity. Consideration should be given so that if reunification fails or is delayed, the placement made is the best available placement to provide permanency for the child.
    (d) The Department may accept gifts, grants, offers of services, and other contributions to use in making special recruitment efforts.
    (e) The Department in placing children in adoptive or foster care homes may not, in any policy or practice relating to the placement of children for adoption or foster care, discriminate against any child or prospective adoptive or foster parent on the basis of race.
(Source: P.A. 96-1551, Article 1, Section 900, eff. 7-1-11; 96-1551, Article 2, Section 920, eff. 7-1-11; 97-1076, eff. 8-24-12; 97-1109, eff. 1-1-13; 97-1150, eff. 1-25-13.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-846)
    Sec. 7. Placement of children; considerations.
    (a) In placing any child under this Act, the Department shall place the child, as far as possible, in the care and custody of some individual holding the same religious belief as the parents of the child, or with some child care facility which is operated by persons of like religious faith as the parents of such child.
    (a-5) In placing a child under this Act, the Department shall place the child with the child's sibling or siblings under Section 7.4 of this Act unless the placement is not in each child's best interest, or is otherwise not possible under the Department's rules. If the child is not placed with a sibling under the Department's rules, the Department shall consider placements that are likely to develop, preserve, nurture, and support sibling relationships, where doing so is in each child's best interest.
    (b) In placing a child under this Act, the Department may place a child with a relative if the Department determines that the relative will be able to adequately provide for the child's safety and welfare based on the factors set forth in the Department's rules governing relative placements, and that the placement is consistent with the child's best interests, taking into consideration the factors set out in subsection (4.05) of Section 1-3 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987.
    When the Department first assumes custody of a child, in placing that child under this Act, the Department shall make reasonable efforts to identify and locate a relative who is ready, willing, and able to care for the child. At a minimum, these efforts shall be renewed each time the child requires a placement change and it is appropriate for the child to be cared for in a home environment. The Department must document its efforts to identify and locate such a relative placement and maintain the documentation in the child's case file.
    If the Department determines that a placement with any identified relative is not in the child's best interests or that the relative does not meet the requirements to be a relative caregiver, as set forth in Department rules or by statute, the Department must document the basis for that decision and maintain the documentation in the child's case file.
    If, pursuant to the Department's rules, any person files an administrative appeal of the Department's decision not to place a child with a relative, it is the Department's burden to prove that the decision is consistent with the child's best interests.
    When the Department determines that the child requires placement in an environment, other than a home environment, the Department shall continue to make reasonable efforts to identify and locate relatives to serve as visitation resources for the child and potential future placement resources, except when the Department determines that those efforts would be futile or inconsistent with the child's best interests.
    If the Department determines that efforts to identify and locate relatives would be futile or inconsistent with the child's best interests, the Department shall document the basis of its determination and maintain the documentation in the child's case file.
    If the Department determines that an individual or a group of relatives are inappropriate to serve as visitation resources or possible placement resources, the Department shall document the basis of its determination and maintain the documentation in the child's case file.
    When the Department determines that an individual or a group of relatives are appropriate to serve as visitation resources or possible future placement resources, the Department shall document the basis of its determination, maintain the documentation in the child's case file, create a visitation or transition plan, or both, and incorporate the visitation or transition plan, or both, into the child's case plan. For the purpose of this subsection, any determination as to the child's best interests shall include consideration of the factors set out in subsection (4.05) of Section 1-3 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987.
    The Department may not place a child with a relative, with the exception of certain circumstances which may be waived as defined by the Department in rules, if the results of a check of the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System (LEADS) identifies a prior criminal conviction of the relative or any adult member of the relative's household for any of the following offenses under the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012:
        (1) murder;
        (1.1) solicitation of murder;
        (1.2) solicitation of murder for hire;
        (1.3) intentional homicide of an unborn child;
        (1.4) voluntary manslaughter of an unborn child;
        (1.5) involuntary manslaughter;
        (1.6) reckless homicide;
        (1.7) concealment of a homicidal death;
        (1.8) involuntary manslaughter of an unborn child;
        (1.9) reckless homicide of an unborn child;
        (1.10) drug-induced homicide;
        (2) a sex offense under Article 11, except offenses
    
described in Sections 11-7, 11-8, 11-12, 11-13, 11-35, 11-40, and 11-45;
        (3) kidnapping;
        (3.1) aggravated unlawful restraint;
        (3.2) forcible detention;
        (3.3) aiding and abetting child abduction;
        (4) aggravated kidnapping;
        (5) child abduction;
        (6) aggravated battery of a child as described in
    
Section 12-4.3 or subdivision (b)(1) of Section 12-3.05;
        (7) criminal sexual assault;
        (8) aggravated criminal sexual assault;
        (8.1) predatory criminal sexual assault of a child;
        (9) criminal sexual abuse;
        (10) aggravated sexual abuse;
        (11) heinous battery as described in Section 12-4.1
    
or subdivision (a)(2) of Section 12-3.05;
        (12) aggravated battery with a firearm as described
    
in Section 12-4.2 or subdivision (e)(1), (e)(2), (e)(3), or (e)(4) of Section 12-3.05;
        (13) tampering with food, drugs, or cosmetics;
        (14) drug-induced infliction of great bodily harm as
    
described in Section 12-4.7 or subdivision (g)(1) of Section 12-3.05;
        (15) aggravated stalking;
        (16) home invasion;
        (17) vehicular invasion;
        (18) criminal transmission of HIV;
        (19) criminal abuse or neglect of an elderly or
    
disabled person as described in Section 12-21 or subsection (b) of Section 12-4.4a;
        (20) child abandonment;
        (21) endangering the life or health of a child;
        (22) ritual mutilation;
        (23) ritualized abuse of a child;
        (24) an offense in any other state the elements of
    
which are similar and bear a substantial relationship to any of the foregoing offenses.
    For the purpose of this subsection, "relative" shall include any person, 21 years of age or over, other than the parent, who (i) is currently related to the child in any of the following ways by blood or adoption: grandparent, sibling, great-grandparent, uncle, aunt, nephew, niece, first cousin, second cousin, godparent, great-uncle, or great-aunt; or (ii) is the spouse of such a relative; or (iii) is the child's step-father, step-mother, or adult step-brother or step-sister; or (iv) is a fictive kin; "relative" also includes a person related in any of the foregoing ways to a sibling of a child, even though the person is not related to the child, when the child and its sibling are placed together with that person. For children who have been in the guardianship of the Department, have been adopted, and are subsequently returned to the temporary custody or guardianship of the Department, a "relative" may also include any person who would have qualified as a relative under this paragraph prior to the adoption, but only if the Department determines, and documents, that it would be in the child's best interests to consider this person a relative, based upon the factors for determining best interests set forth in subsection (4.05) of Section 1-3 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. A relative with whom a child is placed pursuant to this subsection may, but is not required to, apply for licensure as a foster family home pursuant to the Child Care Act of 1969; provided, however, that as of July 1, 1995, foster care payments shall be made only to licensed foster family homes pursuant to the terms of Section 5 of this Act.
    Notwithstanding any other provision under this subsection to the contrary, a fictive kin with whom a child is placed pursuant to this subsection shall apply for licensure as a foster family home pursuant to the Child Care Act of 1969 within 6 months of the child's placement with the fictive kin. The Department shall not remove a child from the home of a fictive kin on the basis that the fictive kin fails to apply for licensure within 6 months of the child's placement with the fictive kin, or fails to meet the standard for licensure. All other requirements established under the rules and procedures of the Department concerning the placement of a child, for whom the Department is legally responsible, with a relative shall apply. By June 1, 2015, the Department shall promulgate rules establishing criteria and standards for placement, identification, and licensure of fictive kin.
    For purposes of this subsection, "fictive kin" means any individual, unrelated by birth or marriage, who is shown to have close personal or emotional ties with the child or the child's family prior to the child's placement with the individual.
    The provisions added to this subsection (b) by this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly shall become operative on and after June 1, 2015.
    (c) In placing a child under this Act, the Department shall ensure that the child's health, safety, and best interests are met. In rejecting placement of a child with an identified relative, the Department shall ensure that the child's health, safety, and best interests are met. In evaluating the best interests of the child, the Department shall take into consideration the factors set forth in subsection (4.05) of Section 1-3 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987.
    The Department shall consider the individual needs of the child and the capacity of the prospective foster or adoptive parents to meet the needs of the child. When a child must be placed outside his or her home and cannot be immediately returned to his or her parents or guardian, a comprehensive, individualized assessment shall be performed of that child at which time the needs of the child shall be determined. Only if race, color, or national origin is identified as a legitimate factor in advancing the child's best interests shall it be considered. Race, color, or national origin shall not be routinely considered in making a placement decision. The Department shall make special efforts for the diligent recruitment of potential foster and adoptive families that reflect the ethnic and racial diversity of the children for whom foster and adoptive homes are needed. "Special efforts" shall include contacting and working with community organizations and religious organizations and may include contracting with those organizations, utilizing local media and other local resources, and conducting outreach activities.
    (c-1) At the time of placement, the Department shall consider concurrent planning, as described in subsection (l-1) of Section 5, so that permanency may occur at the earliest opportunity. Consideration should be given so that if reunification fails or is delayed, the placement made is the best available placement to provide permanency for the child.
    (d) The Department may accept gifts, grants, offers of services, and other contributions to use in making special recruitment efforts.
    (e) The Department in placing children in adoptive or foster care homes may not, in any policy or practice relating to the placement of children for adoption or foster care, discriminate against any child or prospective adoptive or foster parent on the basis of race.
(Source: P.A. 97-1076, eff. 8-24-12; 97-1109, eff. 1-1-13; 97-1150, eff. 1-25-13; 98-846, eff. 1-1-15.)

20 ILCS 505/7.1

    (20 ILCS 505/7.1) (from Ch. 23, par. 5007.1)
    Sec. 7.1. One Church One Child Advisory Board. There is created the One Church One Child Advisory Board to advise the Department in the placement of children by encouraging black churches to help find permanent homes for black children waiting to be adopted. The Advisory Board shall consist of 25 members appointed by the Governor, with at least one member representing each region of the State as determined by the Department. Members of the Advisory Board shall be reimbursed for their expenses incurred in performing their duties as determined by the Department.
(Source: P.A. 87-1148.)

20 ILCS 505/7.2

    (20 ILCS 505/7.2)
    Sec. 7.2. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 88-550, eff. 7-3-94. Repealed by P.A. 91-798, eff. 7-9-00.)

20 ILCS 505/7.3

    (20 ILCS 505/7.3)
    Sec. 7.3. Placement plan. The Department shall develop and implement a written plan for placing children. The plan shall include at least the following features:
        (1) A plan for recruiting minority adoptive and
    
foster families. The plan shall include strategies for using existing resources in minority communities, use of minority outreach staff whenever possible, use of minority foster homes for placements after birth and before adoption, and other techniques as appropriate.
        (2) A plan for training adoptive and foster families
    
of minority children.
        (3) A plan for employing social workers in adoption
    
and foster care. The plan shall include staffing goals and objectives.
        (4) A plan for ensuring that adoption and foster care
    
workers attend training offered or approved by the Department regarding the State's goal of encouraging cultural diversity and the needs of special needs children.
        (5) A plan that includes policies and procedures for
    
determining for each child requiring placement outside of his or her home, and who cannot be immediately returned to his or her parents or guardian, the placement needs of that child. In the rare instance when an individualized assessment identifies, documents, and substantiates that race, color, or national origin is a factor that needs to be considered in advancing a particular child's best interests, it shall be considered in making a placement.
(Source: P.A. 92-334, eff. 8-10-01.)

20 ILCS 505/7.4

    (20 ILCS 505/7.4)
    Sec. 7.4. Development and preservation of sibling relationships for children in care; placement of siblings; contact among siblings placed apart.
    (a) Purpose and policy. The General Assembly recognizes that sibling relationships are unique and essential for a person, but even more so for children who are removed from the care of their families and placed in the State child welfare system. When family separation occurs through State intervention, every effort must be made to preserve, support and nurture sibling relationships when doing so is in the best interest of each sibling. It is in the interests of foster children who are part of a sibling group to enjoy contact with one another, as long as the contact is in each child's best interest. This is true both while the siblings are in State care and after one or all of the siblings leave State care through adoption, guardianship, or aging out.
    (b) Definitions. For purposes of this Section:
        (1) Whenever a best interest determination is
    
required by this Section, the Department shall consider the factors set out in subsection (4.05) of Section 1-3 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 and the Department's rules regarding Sibling Placement, 89 111. Admin. Code 301.70 and Sibling Visitation, 89 111. Admin. Code 301.220, and the Department's rules regarding Placement Selection Criteria, 89 111. Admin. Code 301.60.
        (2) "Adopted child" means a child who, immediately
    
preceding the adoption, was in the custody or guardianship of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services under Article II of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987.
        (3) "Adoptive parent" means a person who has become a
    
parent through the legal process of adoption.
        (4) "Child" means a person in the temporary custody
    
or guardianship of the Department who is under the age of 21.
        (5) "Child placed in private guardianship" means a
    
child who, immediately preceding the guardianship, was in the custody or guardianship of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services under Article II of the Juvenile Court Act.
        (6) "Contact" may include, but is not limited to
    
visits, telephone calls, letters, sharing of photographs or information, e-mails, video conferencing, and other form of communication or contact.
        (7) "Legal guardian" means a person who has become
    
the legal guardian of a child who, immediately prior to the guardianship, was in the custody or guardianship of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services under Article II of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987.
        (8) "Parent" means the child's mother or father who
    
is named as the respondent in proceedings conducted under Article II of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987.
        (9) "Post Permanency Sibling Contact" means contact
    
between siblings following the entry of a Judgment Order for Adoption under Section 14 of the Adoption Act regarding at least one sibling or an Order for Guardianship appointing a private guardian under Section 2-27 or the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, regarding at least one sibling. Post Permanency Sibling Contact may include, but is not limited to, visits, telephone calls, letters, sharing of photographs or information, emails, video conferencing, and other form of communication or connection agreed to by the parties to a Post Permanency Sibling Contact Agreement.
        (10) "Post Permanency Sibling Contact Agreement"
    
means a written agreement between the adoptive parent or parents, the child, and the child's sibling regarding post permanency contact between the adopted child and the child's sibling, or a written agreement between the legal guardians, the child, and the child's sibling regarding post permanency contact between the child placed in guardianship and the child's sibling. The Post Permanency Sibling Contact Agreement may specify the nature and frequency of contact between the adopted child or child placed in guardianship and the child's sibling following the entry of the Judgment Order for Adoption or Order for Private Guardianship. The Post Permanency Sibling Contact Agreement may be supported by services as specified in this Section. The Post Permanency Sibling Contact Agreement is voluntary on the part of the parties to the Post Permanency Sibling Contact Agreement and is not a requirement for finalization of the child's adoption or guardianship. The Post Permanency Sibling Contract Agreement shall not be enforceable in any court of law or administrative forum and no cause of action shall be brought to enforce the Agreement. When entered into, the Post Permanency Sibling Contact Agreement shall be placed in the child's Post Adoption or Guardianship case record and in the case file of a sibling who is a party to the agreement and who remains in the Department's custody or guardianship.
        (11) "Sibling Contact Support Plan" means a written
    
document that sets forth the plan for future contact between siblings who are in the Department's care and custody and residing separately. The goal of the Support Plan is to develop or preserve and nurture the siblings' relationships. The Support Plan shall set forth the role of the foster parents, caregivers, and others in implementing the Support Plan. The Support Plan must meet the minimum standards regarding frequency of in-person visits provided for in Department rule.
        (12) "Siblings" means children who share at least one
    
parent in common. This definition of siblings applies solely for purposes of placement and contact under this Section. For purposes of this Section, children who share at least one parent in common continue to be siblings after their parent's parental rights are terminated, if parental rights were terminated while a petition under Article II of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 was pending. For purposes of this Section, children who share at least one parent in common continue to be siblings after a sibling is adopted or placed in private guardianship when the adopted child or child placed in private guardianship was in the Department's custody or guardianship under Article II of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 immediately prior to the adoption or private guardianship. For children who have been in the guardianship of the Department under Article II of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, have been adopted, and are subsequently returned to the temporary custody or guardianship of the Department under Article II of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, "siblings" includes a person who would have been considered a sibling prior to the adoption and siblings through adoption.
    (c) No later than January 1, 2013, the Department shall promulgate rules addressing the development and preservation of sibling relationships. The rules shall address, at a minimum:
        (1) Recruitment, licensing, and support of foster
    
parents willing and capable of either fostering sibling groups or supporting and being actively involved in planning and executing sibling contact for siblings placed apart. The rules shall address training for foster parents, licensing workers, placement workers, and others as deemed necessary.
        (2) Placement selection for children who are
    
separated from their siblings and how to best promote placements of children with foster parents or programs that can meet the children's needs, including the need to develop and maintain contact with siblings.
        (3) State-supported guidance to siblings who have
    
aged out of state care regarding positive engagement with siblings.
        (4) Implementation of Post Permanency Sibling
    
Contact Agreements for children exiting State care, including services offered by the Department to encourage and assist parties in developing agreements, services offered by the Department post permanency to support parties in implementing and maintaining agreements, and including services offered by the Department post permanency to assist parties in amending agreements as necessary to meet the needs of the children.
        (5) Services offered by the Department for children
    
who exited foster care prior to the availability of Post Permanency Sibling Contact Agreements, to invite willing parties to participate in a facilitated discussion, including, but not limited to, a mediation or joint team decision-making meeting, to explore sibling contact.
    (d) The Department shall develop a form to be provided to youth entering care and exiting care explaining their rights and responsibilities related to sibling visitation while in care and post permanency.
    (e) Whenever a child enters care or requires a new placement, the Department shall consider the development and preservation of sibling relationships.
        (1) This subsection applies when a child entering
    
care or requiring a change of placement has siblings who are in the custody or guardianship of the Department. When a child enters care or requires a new placement, the Department shall examine its files and other available resources and determine whether a sibling of that child is in the custody or guardianship of the Department. If the Department determines that a sibling is in its custody or guardianship, the Department shall then determine whether it is in the best interests of each of the siblings for the child needing placement to be placed with the sibling. If the Department determines that it is in the best interest of each sibling to be placed together, and the sibling's foster parent is able and willing to care for the child needing placement, the Department shall place the child needing placement with the sibling. A determination that it is not in a child's best interest to be placed with a sibling shall be made in accordance with Department rules, and documented in the file of each sibling.
        (2) This subsection applies when a child who is
    
entering care has siblings who have been adopted or placed in private guardianship. When a child enters care, the Department shall examine its files and other available resources, including consulting with the child's parents, to determine whether a sibling of the child was adopted or placed in private guardianship from State care. The Department shall determine, in consultation with the child's parents, whether it would be in the child's best interests to explore placement with the adopted sibling or sibling in guardianship. Unless the parent objects, if the Department determines it is in the child's best interest to explore the placement, the Department shall contact the adoptive parents or guardians of the sibling, determine whether they are willing to be considered as placement resources for the child, and, if so, determine whether it is in the best interests of the child to be placed in the home with the sibling. If the Department determines that it is in the child's best interests to be placed in the home with the sibling, and the sibling's adoptive parents or guardians are willing and capable, the Department shall make the placement. A determination that it is not in a child's best interest to be placed with a sibling shall be made in accordance with Department rule, and documented in the child's file.
        (3) This subsection applies when a child in
    
Department custody or guardianship requires a change of placement, and the child has siblings who have been adopted or placed in private guardianship. When a child in care requires a new placement, the Department may consider placing the child with the adoptive parent or guardian of a sibling under the same procedures and standards set forth in paragraph (2) of this subsection.
        (4) When the Department determines it is not in the
    
best interest of one or more siblings to be placed together the Department shall ensure that the child requiring placement is placed in a home or program where the caregiver is willing and able to be actively involved in supporting the sibling relationship to the extent doing so is in the child's best interest.
    (f) When siblings in care are placed in separate placements, the Department shall develop a Sibling Contact Support Plan. The Department shall convene a meeting to develop the Support Plan. The meeting shall include, at a minimum, the case managers for the siblings, the foster parents or other care providers if a child is in a non-foster home placement and the child, when developmentally and clinically appropriate. The Department shall make all reasonable efforts to promote the participation of the foster parents. Parents whose parental rights are intact shall be invited to the meeting. Others, such as therapists and mentors, shall be invited as appropriate. The Support Plan shall set forth future contact and visits between the siblings to develop or preserve, and nurture the siblings' relationships. The Support Plan shall set forth the role of the foster parents and caregivers and others in implementing the Support Plan. The Support Plan must meet the minimum standards regarding frequency of in-person visits provided for in Department rule. The Support Plan will be incorporated in the child's service plan and reviewed at each administrative case review. The Support Plan should be modified if one of the children moves to a new placement, or as necessary to meet the needs of the children. The Sibling Contact Support Plan for a child in care may include siblings who are not in the care of the Department, with the consent and participation of that child's parent or guardian.
    (g) By January 1, 2013, the Department shall develop a registry so that placement information regarding adopted siblings and siblings in private guardianship is readily available to Department and private agency caseworkers responsible for placing children in the Department's care. When a child is adopted or placed in private guardianship from foster care the Department shall inform the adoptive parents or guardians that they may be contacted in the future regarding placement of or contact with siblings subsequently requiring placement.
    (h) When a child is in need of an adoptive placement, the Department shall examine its files and other available resources and attempt to determine whether a sibling of the child has been adopted or placed in private guardianship after being in the Department's custody or guardianship. If the Department determines that a sibling of the child has been adopted or placed in private guardianship, the Department shall make a good faith effort to locate the adoptive parents or guardians of the sibling and inform them of the availability of the child for adoption. The Department may determine not to inform the adoptive parents or guardians of a sibling of a child that the child is available for adoption only for a reason permitted under criteria adopted by the Department by rule, and documented in the child's case file. If a child available for adoption has a sibling who has been adopted or placed in guardianship, and the adoptive parents or guardians of that sibling apply to adopt the child, the Department shall consider them as adoptive applicants for the adoption of the child. The Department's final decision as to whether it will consent to the adoptive parents or guardians of a sibling being the adoptive parents of the child shall be based upon the welfare and best interest of the child. In arriving at its decision, the Department shall consider all relevant factors, including but not limited to:
        (1) the wishes of the child;
        (2) the interaction and interrelationship of the
    
child with the applicant to adopt the child;
        (3) the child's need for stability and continuity of
    
relationship with parent figures;
        (4) the child's adjustment to his or her present
    
home, school, and community;
        (5) the mental and physical health of all individuals
    
involved;
        (6) the family ties between the child and the child's
    
relatives, including siblings;
        (7) the background, age, and living arrangements of
    
the applicant to adopt the child;
        (8) a criminal background report of the applicant to
    
adopt the child.
    If placement of the child available for adoption with the adopted sibling or sibling in private guardianship is not feasible, but it is in the child's best interest to develop a relationship with his or her sibling, the Department shall invite the adoptive parents, guardian, or guardians for a mediation or joint team decision-making meeting to facilitate a discussion regarding future sibling contact.
    (i) Post Permanency Sibling Contact Agreement. When a child in the Department's care has a permanency goal of adoption or private guardianship, and the Department is preparing to finalize the adoption or guardianship, the Department shall convene a meeting with the pre-adoptive parent or prospective guardian and the case manager for the child being adopted or placed in guardianship and the foster parents and case managers for the child's siblings, and others as applicable. The children should participate as is developmentally appropriate. Others, such as therapists and mentors, may participate as appropriate. At the meeting the Department shall encourage the parties to discuss sibling contact post permanency. The Department may assist the parties in drafting a Post Permanency Sibling Contact Agreement.
        (1) Parties to the Post Permanency Sibling Contact
    
Agreement shall include:
            (A) The adoptive parent or parents or guardian.
            (B) The child's sibling or siblings, parents or
        
guardians.
            (C) The child.
        (2) Consent of child 14 and over. The written consent
    
of a child age 14 and over to the terms and conditions of the Post Permanency Sibling Contact Agreement and subsequent modifications is required.
        (3) In developing this Agreement, the Department
    
shall encourage the parties to consider the following factors:
            (A) the physical and emotional safety and welfare
        
of the child;
            (B) the child's wishes;
            (C) the interaction and interrelationship of the
        
child with the child's sibling or siblings who would be visiting or communicating with the child, including:
                (i) the quality of the relationship between
            
the child and the sibling or siblings, and
                (ii) the benefits and potential harms to the
            
child in allowing the relationship or relationships to continue or in ending them;
            (D) the child's sense of attachments to the
        
birth sibling or siblings and adoptive family, including:
                (i) the child's sense of being valued;
                (ii) the child's sense of familiarity; and
                (iii) continuity of affection for the child;
            
and
            (E) other factors relevant to the best interest
        
of the child.
        (4) In considering the factors in paragraph (3) of
    
this subsection, the Department shall encourage the parties to recognize the importance to a child of developing a relationship with siblings including siblings with whom the child does not yet have a relationship; and the value of preserving family ties between the child and the child's siblings, including:
            (A) the child's need for stability and continuity
        
of relationships with siblings, and
            (B) the importance of sibling contact in the
        
development of the child's identity.
        (5) Modification or termination of Post Permanency
    
Sibling Contact Agreement. The parties to the agreement may modify or terminate the Post Permanency Sibling Contact Agreement. If the parties cannot agree to modification or termination, they may request the assistance of the Department of Children and Family Services or another agency identified and agreed upon by the parties to the Post Permanency Sibling Contact Agreement. Any and all terms may be modified by agreement of the parties. Post Permanency Sibling Contact Agreements may also be modified to include contact with siblings whose whereabouts were unknown or who had not yet been born when the Judgment Order for Adoption or Order for Private Guardianship was entered.
        (6) Adoptions and private guardianships finalized
    
prior to the effective date of amendatory Act. Nothing in this Section prohibits the parties from entering into a Post Permanency Sibling Contact Agreement if the adoption or private guardianship was finalized prior to the effective date of this Section. If the Agreement is completed and signed by the parties, the Department shall include the Post Permanency Sibling Contact Agreement in the child's Post Adoption or Private Guardianship case record and in the case file of siblings who are parties to the agreement who are in the Department's custody or guardianship.
(Source: P.A. 97-1076, eff. 8-24-12; 98-463, eff. 8-16-13.)

20 ILCS 505/7.5

    (20 ILCS 505/7.5)
    Sec. 7.5. Notice of post-adoption reunion services.
    (a) For purposes of this Section, "post-adoption reunion services" means services provided by the Department to facilitate contact between adoptees and their siblings when one or more is still in the Department's care or adopted elsewhere, with the notarized consent of the adoptive parents of a minor child, when such contact has been established to be necessary to the adoptee's best interests and when all involved parties, including the adoptive parent of a child under 21 years of age, have provided written consent for such contact.
    (b) The Department shall provide to all adoptive parents of children receiving monthly adoption assistance under subsection (j) of Section 5 of this Act a notice that includes a description of the Department's post-adoption reunion services and an explanation of how to access those services. The notice to adoptive parents shall be provided at least once per year until such time as the adoption assistance payments cease.
    The Department shall also provide to all wards of the Department, within 30 days after their 18th birthday, the notice described in this Section.
    (c) The Department shall adopt a rule regarding the provision of search and reunion services to wards and former wards.
(Source: P.A. 94-1010, eff. 10-1-06.)

20 ILCS 505/7.7

    (20 ILCS 505/7.7)
    Sec. 7.7. Limit on multiple placements. If the Department has placed a child in substitute care pursuant to a court order, the Department may not change the child's placement unless the Department specifically documents that the current placement is unsafe or unsuitable or that another placement is in the child's best interests or unless the new placement is in an adoptive home or other permanent placement.
(Source: P.A. 89-422; 90-28, eff. 1-1-98.)

20 ILCS 505/8

    (20 ILCS 505/8) (from Ch. 23, par. 5008)
    Sec. 8. Scholarships and fee waivers. Each year the Department may select from among the youth under care, youth who aged out of care at age 18 or older, or youth formerly under care who have been adopted or are in a guardianship placement, a maximum of 48 students (at least 4 of whom shall be children of veterans) who have earned a high school diploma from a public school district or a recognized nonpublic school or a certificate of general education development (GED), or who have met the State criteria for high school graduation; the youth selected shall be eligible for scholarships and fee waivers which will entitle them to 4 consecutive years of community college, university, or college education. Selection shall be made on the basis of scholastic record, aptitude, and general interest in higher education. In accordance with this Act, tuition scholarships and fee waivers shall be available to such students at any university or college maintained by the State of Illinois. The Department shall provide maintenance and school expenses, except tuition and fees, during the academic years to supplement the students' earnings or other resources so long as they consistently maintain scholastic records which are acceptable to their schools and to the Department. Students may attend other colleges and universities, if scholarships are awarded them, and receive the same benefits for maintenance and other expenses as those students attending any Illinois State community college, university, or college under this Section.
(Source: P.A. 97-799, eff. 7-13-12.)

20 ILCS 505/8a

    (20 ILCS 505/8a) (from Ch. 23, par. 5008a)
    Sec. 8a. No otherwise qualified child with a disability receiving special education and related services under Article 14 of The School Code shall solely by reason of his or her disability be excluded from the participation in or be denied the benefits of or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity provided by the Department.
    The Department, or its authorized agent, shall ensure that a copy of a student's then current individualized education program (IEP) is provided to the school district in which the student is newly placed by the Department. Upon receipt of the IEP, the new school district shall review it and place the student in a special education program in accordance with that described in the IEP. The Department shall consult with the State Board of Education in the development of necessary rules and regulations to implement this provision.
(Source: P.A. 87-372.)

20 ILCS 505/8b

    (20 ILCS 505/8b) (from Ch. 23, par. 5008b)
    Sec. 8b. No homeless person eligible to receive benefits or services from the Department shall, by reason of his or her status as a homeless person, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits under or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity provided by the Department.
(Source: P.A. 84-1277.)

20 ILCS 505/9

    (20 ILCS 505/9) (from Ch. 23, par. 5009)
    Sec. 9. To exercise executive and administrative supervision over all institutions, divisions, programs and services now existing or hereafter acquired or created under the jurisdiction of the Department.
(Source: P.A. 83-180.)

20 ILCS 505/9.1

    (20 ILCS 505/9.1) (from Ch. 23, par. 5009.1)
    Sec. 9.1. The parents or guardians of the estates of children accepted for care and training under the Juvenile Court Act or the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, or through a voluntary placement agreement with the parents or guardians shall be liable for the payment to the Department, or to a licensed or approved child care facility designated by the Department of sums representing charges for the care and training of those children at a rate to be determined by the Department. The Department shall establish a standard by which shall be measured the ability of parents or guardians to pay for the care and training of their children, and shall implement the standard by rules governing its application. The standard and the rules shall take into account ability to pay as measured by annual income and family size. Medical or other treatment provided on behalf of the family may also be taken into account in determining ability to pay if the Department concludes that such treatment is appropriate.
    In addition, the Department may provide by rule for referral of Title IV-E foster care maintenance cases to the Department of Healthcare and Family Services for child support enforcement services under Title IV-D of the Social Security Act. The Department shall consider "good cause" as defined in regulations promulgated under Title IV-A of the Social Security Act, among other criteria, when determining whether to refer a case and, upon referral, the parent or guardian of the estate of a child who is receiving Title IV-E foster care maintenance payments shall be deemed to have made an assignment to the Department of any and all rights, title and interest in any support obligation on behalf of a child. The rights to support assigned to the Department shall constitute an obligation owed the State by the person who is responsible for providing the support, and shall be collectible under all applicable processes.
    The acceptance of children for services or care shall not be limited or conditioned in any manner on the financial status or ability of parents or guardians to make such payments.
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)

20 ILCS 505/9.2

    (20 ILCS 505/9.2) (from Ch. 23, par. 5009.2)
    Sec. 9.2. The Department shall have authority to enter into agreements with units of local government or individuals with the approval of the Attorney General, for the collection of monies owing because of the failure of parents or guardians to pay charges to the Department for the care and training of their children. Such agreements may be on a contingent fee basis, but such contingent fee shall not exceed 20% of the total amount collected.
    The Department may also enter into agreements with local governmental units to exercise the investigative and enforcement powers designated in Section 9.8.
(Source: P.A. 86-659.)

20 ILCS 505/9.3

    (20 ILCS 505/9.3) (from Ch. 23, par. 5009.3)
    Sec. 9.3. Declarations by Parents and Guardians. Information requested of parents and guardians shall be submitted on forms or questionnaires prescribed by the Department or units of local government as the case may be and shall contain a written declaration to be signed by the parent or guardian in substantially the following form:
    "I declare under penalties of perjury that I have examined this form or questionnaire and all accompanying statements or documents pertaining to my income, or any other matter having bearing upon my status and ability to provide payment for care and training of my child, and to the best of my knowledge and belief the information supplied is true, correct, and complete".
    A person who makes and subscribes a form or questionnaire which contains, as herein above provided, a written declaration that it is made under the penalties of perjury, knowing it to be false, incorrect or incomplete, in respect to any material statement or representative bearing upon his status as a parent or guardian, or upon his income, resources, or other matter concerning his ability to provide parental payment, shall be subject to the penalties for perjury provided for in Section 32-2 of the Criminal Code of 2012.
    Parents who refuse to provide such information after three written requests from the Department will be liable for the full cost of care provided, from the commencement of such care until the required information is received.
(Source: P.A. 97-1150, eff. 1-25-13.)

20 ILCS 505/9.4

    (20 ILCS 505/9.4) (from Ch. 23, par. 5009.4)
    Sec. 9.4. Investigation and Determination. The Department shall review the forms or questionnaires returned by each parent or guardian and supplement the information provided therein, where required, by such additional consultations with the parent or guardian and such other investigations as may be necessary and, applying the standard and regulations established by the Department, shall determine whether and the extent to which, the parent or guardian individually or together in any combination, are reasonably able to provide parental payment for care and training of their children.
    The Department, by rule, may conduct periodic or other reinvestigations and redeterminations of the financial ability of parents or guardians. Any redeterminations shall have the effect of altering, amending, or modifying previous determinations. However, any redetermination which established liability for parental payment of reimbursement, or which increases the support or reimbursement liability specified in a prior order, shall be subject to the provisions of Section 9.9 in the administrative and judicial review procedures herein provided for original orders.
(Source: P.A. 83-1037.)

20 ILCS 505/9.5

    (20 ILCS 505/9.5) (from Ch. 23, par. 5009.5)
    Sec. 9.5. Notice of Parental Payments Due. When the Department has determined that a parent or guardian is liable for payment for care and support of his children, the parent or guardian shall be notified by mailing him a copy of the determination by mail, advising him of his legal obligation to make payments for such period or periods of time, definite in duration or indefinite, as the circumstances required. The notice shall direct payment as provided in Section 9.6.
    Within 30 days after receipt of a payment notice, the parents may appeal the assessment amount if the data used in determining the amount is inaccurate or incomplete. Parents may also appeal the assessment at any time on the basis of changes in their circumstances which render inaccurate information on which the assessment is based. If the changes requested in a parental appeal are granted, the Department may modify its assessment retroactively to the appropriate date and adjust any amount in arrears accordingly.
(Source: P.A. 83-1037.)

20 ILCS 505/9.6

    (20 ILCS 505/9.6) (from Ch. 23, par. 5009.6)
    Sec. 9.6. Parental Payments. The notice to responsible parents and guardians issued pursuant to Section 9.5 shall direct payment to the Department, as provided by regulation.
    Fifty percent of payments by parents and guardians to the Department may be used for payment of collection fees or contingency fees and for services provided by the Department.
(Source: P.A. 83-1037.)

20 ILCS 505/9.7

    (20 ILCS 505/9.7) (from Ch. 23, par. 5009.7)
    Sec. 9.7. Alternative Actions to Enforce Parental Payments Due. If a responsible parent or guardian fails or refuses to make parental payments for care and training of their children, or contributes less than the amount indicated by the determination, the Department shall take action to enforce support in accordance with Section 9.8 of this Act.
    An annual interest rate equal to the prime commercial rate of interest plus 3% will be assessed and payable on all amounts more than 60 days past due. For the purposes of this Section, "prime commercial rate" means such prime rate as from time to time is publicly announced by the largest commercial banking institution located in this State, measured in terms of total assets.
(Source: P.A. 83-1037.)

20 ILCS 505/9.8

    (20 ILCS 505/9.8) (from Ch. 23, par. 5009.8)
    Sec. 9.8. Court Enforcement. The Department shall refer to the State's Attorney, Attorney General, or to the proper legal representative of the unit of government or private agency, for judicial enforcement as herein provided, instances of failure to make parental payments as required by law. Action shall be brought in the circuit court to obtain parental payments and the recovery of such payments may be taken separately or they may be consolidated with actions to obtain other child support. Such actions may be brought in the name of the child receiving care and training, or may be brought in the name of the Department or the unit of local government, as the case requires, in behalf of such persons.
    The court may enter orders for the payment of monies for the care and training of the children as may be just and equitable and may direct payment thereof for such period or periods of time as the circumstances require. The order may be entered against the parents or guardians and shall be based upon the standard determined under Section 9.1 or an amount determined by the court to reflect the ability to contribute to the care and training of their children provided by the Department.
    When an order is entered for the parental payment for care and training of the child, and the parent or guardian willfully refuses to comply with its enforcement, the parent or guardian may be declared in contempt of court and punished therefor.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

20 ILCS 505/9.8a

    (20 ILCS 505/9.8a) (from Ch. 23, par. 5009.8a)
    Sec. 9.8a. Child Welfare Litigation Division. The Department of Children and Family Services Child Welfare Litigation Division in the Office of the Attorney General shall represent the State in, and defend on the State's behalf, all court actions referred to it by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services under this Act, the Child Care Act of 1969, and other laws for the enforcement and defense of all legal proceedings. The Division shall be funded by an appropriation to the Department of Children and Family Services and shall be staffed with attorneys appointed by the Attorney General as Special Assistant Attorneys General whose special duty it shall be to execute the duties described in this paragraph. The Special Assistant Attorneys General shall be assigned exclusively to those duties and may engage only in political activities that are not prohibited by the federal Hatch Political Activity Act.
(Source: P.A. 87-1017.)

20 ILCS 505/9.9

    (20 ILCS 505/9.9) (from Ch. 23, par. 5009.9)
    Sec. 9.9. Review under Administrative Review Law. Any responsible parent or guardian affected by a final administrative decision of the Department in a hearing, conducted pursuant to this Act, may have the decision reviewed only under and in accordance with the Administrative Review Law as amended. The provisions of the Administrative Review Law, and the rules adopted pursuant thereto, shall apply to and govern all proceedings for the judicial review of such final administrative decisions of the Department. The term "administrative decision", is defined as in Section 3-101 of the Code of Civil Procedure.
    Review of a final administrative decision under the Administrative Review Law is not applicable to a decision to conduct a family assessment as provided under subsection (a-5) of Section 7.4 of the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act because no determination concerning child abuse or neglect is made and nothing is reported to the central register.
    Appeals from all final orders and judgments entered by a court upon review of the Department's orders in any case may be taken by either party to the proceeding and shall be governed by the rules applicable to appeals in civil cases.
    The remedy herein provided for appeal shall be exclusive, and no court shall have jurisdiction to review the subject matter of any order made by the Department except as herein provided.
(Source: P.A. 96-760, eff. 1-1-10.)

20 ILCS 505/10

    (20 ILCS 505/10) (from Ch. 23, par. 5010)
    Sec. 10. To establish and operate in the regions of the State additional shelter care or group care facilities.
(Source: P.A. 83-180.)

20 ILCS 505/11

    (20 ILCS 505/11) (from Ch. 23, par. 5011)
    Sec. 11. To appoint and remove the superintendents of the institutions operated by the Department, to obtain all other employees subject to the provisions of the "Personnel Code", and to conduct staff training programs for the development and improvement of services.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 1061.)

20 ILCS 505/11.1

    (20 ILCS 505/11.1)
    Sec. 11.1. Department employees; restrictions. No person may be employed by the Department who has been declared a sexually dangerous person under the Sexually Dangerous Persons Act or convicted of committing or attempting to commit any of the offenses described in subsection (b) of Section 4.2 of the Child Care Act of 1969.
(Source: P.A. 97-103, eff. 7-14-11.)

20 ILCS 505/12

    (20 ILCS 505/12) (from Ch. 23, par. 5012)
    Sec. 12. (a) To provide supervision, housing accommodations, board or the payment of boarding costs, tuition, and treatment free of charge, except as otherwise specified in this Act, for residents of this State who are cared for in any institution, or for persons receiving services under any program under the jurisdiction of the Department. Residents of other states may be admitted upon payment of the costs of board, tuition, and treatment as determined by the Department; provided, that no resident of another state shall be received or retained to the exclusion of any resident of this State. The Department shall accept any donation for the board, tuition, and treatment of any person receiving service or care.
    (b) To make room and board payments to persons providing foster care under this Act at a rate for each child that is up to 100% of the adjusted United States Department of Agriculture Cost of Raising a Child in the Urban Midwest/Low Cost Index.
    By March 1, 2010 and March 1 of each year thereafter, the Department of Children and Family Services shall report to the Governor and General Assembly the estimated cost and additional funding required to establish the rate for each child up to 100% of the Foster Care Minimum Adequate Rates for Children (MARC) for expenditures allowable under the federal Title IV-E Foster Care Maintenance Program of the Social Security Act related to the actual costs of providing food, clothing, shelter, daily supervision, school supplies, personal incidentals, and insurance, jointly recommended by the National Foster Parent Association, the University of Maryland School of Social Work, and the organization Children's Rights in a technical report entitled "Hitting the M.A.R.C.: Establishing Foster Care Minimum Adequate Rates for Children", dated October 2007.
(Source: P.A. 96-247, eff. 8-11-09.)

20 ILCS 505/12.1

    (20 ILCS 505/12.1) (from Ch. 23, par. 5012.1)
    Sec. 12.1. To cooperate with the State Board of Education and the Department of Human Services in a program to provide for the placement, supervision and foster care of children with handicaps who must leave their home community in order to attend schools offering programs in special education.
(Source: P.A. 89-507, eff. 7-1-97.)

20 ILCS 505/12.2

    (20 ILCS 505/12.2) (from Ch. 23, par. 5012.2)
    Sec. 12.2. To cooperate with the Department of Human Services in any programs or projects regarding the care and education of handicapped children, particularly in relation to the institutions under the administration of the Department.
(Source: P.A. 89-507, eff. 7-1-97.)

20 ILCS 505/17

    (20 ILCS 505/17) (from Ch. 23, par. 5017)
    Sec. 17. Youth and Community Services Program. The Department of Human Services shall develop a State program for youth and community services which will assure that youth who come into contact or may come into contact with the child welfare and the juvenile justice systems will have access to needed community, prevention, diversion, emergency and independent living services. The term "youth" means a person under the age of 19 years. The term "homeless youth" means a youth who cannot be reunited with his or her family and is not in a safe and stable living situation. This Section shall not be construed to require the Department of Human Services to provide services under this Section to any homeless youth who is at least 18 years of age but is younger than 19 years of age; however, the Department may, in its discretion, provide services under this Section to any such homeless youth.
    (a) The goals of the program shall be to:
        (1) maintain children and youths in their own
    
community;
        (2) eliminate unnecessary categorical funding of
    
programs by funding more comprehensive and integrated programs;
        (3) encourage local volunteers and voluntary
    
associations in developing programs aimed at preventing and controlling juvenile delinquency;
        (4) address voids in services and close service gaps;
        (5) develop program models aimed at strengthening the
    
relationships between youth and their families and aimed at developing healthy, independent lives for homeless youth;
        (6) contain costs by redirecting funding to more
    
comprehensive and integrated community-based services; and
        (7) coordinate education, employment, training and
    
other programs for youths with other State agencies.
    (b) The duties of the Department under the program shall be to:
        (1) design models for service delivery by local
    
communities;
        (2) test alternative systems for delivering youth
    
services;
        (3) develop standards necessary to achieve and
    
maintain, on a statewide basis, more comprehensive and integrated community-based youth services;
        (4) monitor and provide technical assistance to local
    
boards and local service systems;
        (5) assist local organizations in developing programs
    
which address the problems of youths and their families through direct services, advocacy with institutions, and improvement of local conditions; and
        (6) develop a statewide adoption awareness campaign
    
aimed at pregnant teenagers.
(Source: P.A. 89-507, eff. 7-1-97.)

20 ILCS 505/17a-1

    (20 ILCS 505/17a-1) (from Ch. 23, par. 5017a-1)
    Sec. 17a-1. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 89-507, eff. 7-1-97. Repealed by P.A. 91-798, eff. 7-9-00.)

20 ILCS 505/17a-2

    (20 ILCS 505/17a-2) (from Ch. 23, par. 5017a-2)
    Sec. 17a-2. Local boards and service systems; Department of Human Services. The Department of Human Services shall promulgate regulations for the establishment and recognition of service areas and local boards or local service systems responsible for the development or coordination of more comprehensive and integrated community-based youth services. Such service areas, local boards and local service systems shall be reviewed every 4 years. Any entity formed in conformity with the regulations of the Department desiring recognition as a local board or local service system for a service area may apply to the Department for such recognition. The Department may refuse to renew or may withdraw recognition of a service area, local board or local service system if such area, board or system substantially fails to comply with the regulations and minimum service requirements promulgated by the Department under this Section. The Department shall assist in the organization and establishment of local service systems and may provide for community youth services in any area of the State where no recognized local board or local services system exists.
(Source: P.A. 89-507, eff. 7-1-97.)

20 ILCS 505/17a-3

    (20 ILCS 505/17a-3) (from Ch. 23, par. 5017a-3)
    Sec. 17a-3. Annual community youth service plan; Department of Human Services. Each local board or local service system shall, in conformity with regulations of the Department of Human Services, prepare an annual community youth service plan and annual budget to implement the community youth service plan. Such plans shall be transmitted to the regional youth planning committees and included in a regional youth service plan. Each plan shall demonstrate, at a minimum, the following components of a youth service system: (a) community needs assessment and resource development; (b) case management (including case review, tracking, service evaluation and networking); (c) accountability; (d) staff development; (e) consultation with and technical assistance for providers; and (f) assurance of the availability of the following: (i) community services, including primary prevention, outreach and recreational opportunities, and the use of indigenous community volunteers to provide programs designed to correct conditions contributing to delinquency; (ii) diversion services, including client advocacy, family counseling, employment and educational assistance and service brokerage; (iii) emergency services, including 24-hours crisis intervention and shelter care; (iv) comprehensive independent living services, including outreach, referral for public assistance or other benefits to which homeless youth may be entitled, emergency shelter care homes, transitional support programs in a residential setting, outward bound experiences and transitional independent living skills support, in a non-residential facility, with special emphasis on youth employment and training opportunities; and (v) mental health services. Each component of the annual community youth service plan shall expressly address the following high-risk populations: homeless youth, pregnant youth and youth who are parents.
(Source: P.A. 89-507, eff. 7-1-97.)

20 ILCS 505/17a-4

    (20 ILCS 505/17a-4) (from Ch. 23, par. 5017a-4)
    Sec. 17a-4. Grants for community-based youth services; Department of Human Services.
    (a) The Department of Human Services shall make grants for the purpose of planning, establishing, operating, coordinating and evaluating programs aimed at reducing or eliminating the involvement of youth in the child welfare or juvenile justice systems. The programs shall include those providing for more comprehensive and integrated community-based youth services including Unified Delinquency Intervention Services programs and for community services programs. The Department may authorize advance disbursement of funds for such youth services programs. When the appropriation for "comprehensive community-based service to youth" is equal to or exceeds $5,000,000, the Department shall allocate the total amount of such appropriated funds in the following manner:
        (1) no more than 20% of the grant funds appropriated
    
shall be awarded by the Department for new program development and innovation;
        (2) not less than 80% of grant funds appropriated
    
shall be allocated to community-based youth services programs based upon population of youth under 18 years of age and other demographic variables defined by the Department of Human Services by rule, which may include weighting for service priorities relating to special needs identified in the annual plans of the regional youth planning committees established under this Act;
        (3) if any amount so allocated under paragraph (2) of
    
this subsection (a) remains unobligated such funds shall be reallocated in a manner equitable and consistent with the purpose of paragraph (2) of this subsection (a); and
        (4) the local boards or local service systems shall
    
certify prior to receipt of grant funds from the Department of Human Services that a 10% local public or private financial or in-kind commitment is allocated to supplement the State grant.
    (b) Notwithstanding any provision in this Act or rules promulgated under this Act to the contrary, unless expressly prohibited by federal law or regulation, all individuals, corporations, or other entities that provide medical or mental health services, whether organized as for-profit or not-for-profit entities, shall be eligible for consideration by the Department of Human Services to participate in any program funded or administered by the Department. This subsection shall not apply to the receipt of federal funds administered and transferred by the Department for services when the federal government has specifically provided that those funds may be received only by those entities organized as not-for-profit entities.
(Source: P.A. 89-392, eff. 8-20-95; 89-507, eff. 7-1-97; 90-655, eff. 7-30-98.)

20 ILCS 505/17a-5

    (20 ILCS 505/17a-5) (from Ch. 23, par. 5017a-5)
    Sec. 17a-5. The Department of Human Services shall be successor to the Department of Children and Family Services in the latter Department's capacity as successor to the Illinois Law Enforcement Commission in the functions of that Commission relating to juvenile justice and the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 as amended, and shall have the powers, duties and functions specified in this Section relating to juvenile justice and the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended.
    (1) Definitions. As used in this Section:
        (a) "juvenile justice system" means all activities by
    
public or private agencies or persons pertaining to the handling of youth involved or having contact with the police, courts or corrections;
        (b) "unit of general local government" means any
    
county, municipality or other general purpose political subdivision of this State;
        (c) "Commission" means the Illinois Juvenile Justice
    
Commission provided for in Section 17a-9 of this Act.
    (2) Powers and Duties of Department. The Department of Human Services shall serve as the official State Planning Agency for juvenile justice for the State of Illinois and in that capacity is authorized and empowered to discharge any and all responsibilities imposed on such bodies by the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended, specifically the deinstitutionalization of status offenders, separation of juveniles and adults in municipal and county jails, removal of juveniles from county and municipal jails and monitoring of compliance with these mandates. In furtherance thereof, the Department has the powers and duties set forth in paragraphs 3 through 15 of this Section:
    (3) To develop annual comprehensive plans based on analysis of juvenile crime problems and juvenile justice and delinquency prevention needs in the State, for the improvement of juvenile justice throughout the State, such plans to be in accordance with the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended;
    (4) To define, develop and correlate programs and projects relating to administration of juvenile justice for the State and units of general local government within the State or for combinations of such units for improvement in law enforcement;
    (5) To advise, assist and make recommendations to the Governor as to how to achieve a more efficient and effective juvenile justice system;
    (5.1) To develop recommendations to ensure the effective reintegration of youth offenders into communities to which they are returning. The Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission, utilizing available information provided by the Department of Juvenile Justice, the Prisoner Review Board, the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, and any other relevant State agency, shall develop by September 30, 2010, a report on juveniles who have been the subject of a parole revocation within the past year in Illinois. The report shall provide information on the number of youth confined in the Department of Juvenile Justice for revocation based on a technical parole violation, the length of time the youth spent on parole prior to the revocation, the nature of the committing offense that served as the basis for the original commitment, demographic information including age, race, sex, and zip code of the underlying offense and the conduct leading to revocation. In addition, the Juvenile Justice Commission shall develop recommendations to:
        (A) recommend the development of a tracking system to
    
provide quarterly statewide reports on youth released from the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice including lengths of stay in the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice prior to release, length of monitoring post-release, pre-release services provided to each youth, violations of release conditions including length of release prior to violation, nature of violation, and intermediate sanctions offered prior to violation;
        (B) recommend outcome measures of educational
    
attainment, employment, homelessness, recidivism, and other appropriate measures that can be used to assess the performance of the State of Illinois in operating youth offender reentry programs;
        (C) recommend due process protections for youth
    
during release decision-making processes including, but not limited to, parole revocation proceedings and release on parole.
    The Commission shall study and make recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly to ensure the effective treatment and supervision of the specialized population of juvenile offenders who are adjudicated delinquent for a sex offense. The Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission shall utilize available information and research on best practices within the State and across the nation including, but not limited to research and recommendations from the U.S. Department of Justice. Among other relevant options, the Commission shall: consider requiring specially trained probation, parole or aftercare officers to supervise juveniles adjudicated as sex offenders; explore the development of individualized probation or parole orders which would include, but is not limited to, supervision and treatment options for juveniles adjudicated as sex offenders; and consider the appropriateness and feasibility of restricting juveniles adjudicated as sex offenders from certain locations including schools and parks.
    The Juvenile Justice Commission shall include information and recommendations on the effectiveness of the State's juvenile reentry programming, including progress on the recommendations in subparagraphs (A) and (B) of this paragraph (5.1), in its annual submission of recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly on matters relative to its function, and in its annual juvenile justice plan. This paragraph (5.1) may be cited as the Youth Reentry Improvement Law of 2009;
    (6) To act as a central repository for federal, State, regional and local research studies, plans, projects, and proposals relating to the improvement of the juvenile justice system;
    (7) To act as a clearing house for information relating to all aspects of juvenile justice system improvement;
    (8) To undertake research studies to aid in accomplishing its purposes;
    (9) To establish priorities for the expenditure of funds made available by the United States for the improvement of the juvenile justice system throughout the State;
    (10) To apply for, receive, allocate, disburse, and account for grants of funds made available by the United States pursuant to the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended; and such other similar legislation as may be enacted from time to time in order to plan, establish, operate, coordinate, and evaluate projects directly or through grants and contracts with public and private agencies for the development of more effective education, training, research, prevention, diversion, treatment and rehabilitation programs in the area of juvenile delinquency and programs to improve the juvenile justice system;
    (11) To insure that no more than the maximum percentage of the total annual State allotment of juvenile justice funds be utilized for the administration of such funds;
    (12) To provide at least 66-2/3 per centum of funds received by the State under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended, are expended through:
        (a) programs of units of general local government or
    
combinations thereof, to the extent such programs are consistent with the State plan; and
        (b) programs of local private agencies, to the extent
    
such programs are consistent with the State plan;
    (13) To enter into agreements with the United States government which may be required as a condition of obtaining federal funds;
    (14) To enter into contracts and cooperate with units of general local government or combinations of such units, State agencies, and private organizations of all types, for the purpose of carrying out the duties of the Department imposed by this Section or by federal law or regulations;
    (15) To exercise all other powers that are reasonable and necessary to fulfill its functions under applicable federal law or to further the purposes of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 96-853, eff. 12-23-09; 96-1271, eff. 1-1-11; 97-163, eff. 1-1-12.)

20 ILCS 505/17a-6

    (20 ILCS 505/17a-6) (from Ch. 23, par. 5017a-6)
    Sec. 17a-6. (A) Personnel exercising the rights, powers and duties in the Illinois Law Enforcement Commission that are transferred to the Department of Children and Family Services are transferred to the Department of Children and Family Services. However, the rights of the employees, the State and its agencies under the Personnel Code or any collective bargaining agreement, or under any pension, retirement or annuity plan shall not be affected by the provisions of this amendatory Act.
    (B) All books, records, papers, documents, property (real or personal), unexpended appropriations and pending business in any way pertaining to the rights, powers and duties transferred from the Illinois Law Enforcement Commission to the Department of Children and Family Services shall be delivered and transferred to the Department of Children and Family Services.
    (C) The provisions of subsections (A) and (B) of this Section are superseded by the applicable transfer and savings provisions of the Department of Human Services Act.
(Source: P.A. 89-507, eff. 7-1-97.)

20 ILCS 505/17a-7

    (20 ILCS 505/17a-7) (from Ch. 23, par. 5017a-7)
    Sec. 17a-7. Units of General Local Government - Agreements for Funds. Units of general local government may apply for, receive, disburse, allocate and account for grants of funds made available by the United States government, or by the State of Illinois, particularly including grants made available pursuant to the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, including subsequent amendments or reenactments, if any: and may enter into agreements with the Department or with the United States government which may be required as a condition of obtaining federal or State funds, or both.
(Source: P.A. 82-975.)

20 ILCS 505/17a-8

    (20 ILCS 505/17a-8) (from Ch. 23, par. 5017a-8)
    Sec. 17a-8. Agreements for Cooperative Action by Units of General Local Government. Any two or more units of general local government may enter into agreements with one another for joint cooperative action for the purpose of applying for, receiving, disbursing, allocating and accounting for grants of funds made available by the United States government pursuant to the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, including subsequent amendments or reenactments, if any; and for any State funds made available for that purpose. Such agreements shall include the proportion and amount of funds which shall be supplied by each participating unit of general local government. Such agreements may include provisions for the designation of treasurer or comparable employee of one of the units to serve as collection and disbursement officer for all of the units in connection with a grant-funded program.
(Source: P.A. 82-975.)

20 ILCS 505/17a-9

    (20 ILCS 505/17a-9) (from Ch. 23, par. 5017a-9)
    Sec. 17a-9. Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission.
    (a) There is hereby created the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission which shall consist of 25 persons appointed by the Governor. The Chairperson of the Commission shall be appointed by the Governor. Of the initial appointees, 8 shall serve a one-year term, 8 shall serve a two-year term and 9 shall serve a three-year term. Thereafter, each successor shall serve a three-year term. Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as original appointments. Once appointed, members shall serve until their successors are appointed and qualified. Members shall serve without compensation, except they shall be reimbursed for their actual expenses in the performance of their duties. The Commission shall carry out the rights, powers and duties established in subparagraph (3) of paragraph (a) of Section 223 of the Federal "Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974", as now or hereafter amended. The Commission shall determine the priorities for expenditure of funds made available to the State by the Federal Government pursuant to that Act. The Commission shall have the following powers and duties:
        (1) Development, review and final approval of the
    
State's juvenile justice plan for funds under the Federal "Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974";
        (2) Review and approve or disapprove juvenile justice
    
and delinquency prevention grant applications to the Department for federal funds under that Act;
        (3) Annual submission of recommendations to the
    
Governor and the General Assembly concerning matters relative to its function;
        (4) Responsibility for the review of funds allocated
    
to Illinois under the "Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974" to ensure compliance with all relevant federal laws and regulations;
        (5) Function as the advisory committee for the State
    
Youth and Community Services Program as authorized under Section 17 of this Act, and in that capacity be authorized and empowered to assist and advise the Secretary of Human Services on matters related to juvenile justice and delinquency prevention programs and services; and
        (6) Study the impact of, develop timelines, and
    
propose a funding structure to accommodate the expansion of the jurisdiction of the Illinois Juvenile Court to include youth age 17 under the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. The Commission shall submit a report by December 31, 2011 to the General Assembly with recommendations on extending juvenile court jurisdiction to youth age 17 charged with felony offenses.
    (b) On the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, the Illinois Juvenile Jurisdiction Task Force created by Public Act 95-1031 is abolished and its duties are transferred to the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission as provided in paragraph (6) of subsection (a) of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 96-1199, eff. 1-1-11.)

20 ILCS 505/17a-10

    (20 ILCS 505/17a-10) (from Ch. 23, par. 5017a-10)
    Sec. 17a-10. The Department of Human Services may administer unified delinquency intervention services to provide community-based alternatives to commitment to the Department of Corrections of children adjudicated as delinquent minors, and who meet such criteria as established by rules of the Department of Human Services.
(Source: P.A. 89-507, eff. 7-1-97.)

20 ILCS 505/17a-11

    (20 ILCS 505/17a-11) (from Ch. 23, par. 5017a-11)
    Sec. 17a-11. Governor's Youth Services Initiative. In cooperation with the Department of Juvenile Justice, the Department of Human Services and the Illinois State Board of Education, the Department of Children and Family Services shall establish the Governor's Youth Services Initiative. This program shall offer assistance to multi-problem youth whose difficulties are not the clear responsibility of any one state agency, and who are referred to the program by the juvenile court. The decision to establish and to maintain an initiative program shall be based upon the availability of program funds and the overall needs of the service area.
    A Policy Board shall be established as the decision-making body of the Governor's Youth Services Initiative. The Board shall be composed of State agency liaisons appointed by the Secretary of Human Services, the Directors of the Department of Children and Family Services and the Department of Juvenile Justice, and the State Superintendent of Education. The Board shall meet at least quarterly.
    The Department of Children and Family Services may establish a system of regional interagency councils in the various geographic regions of the State to address, at the regional or local level, the delivery of services to multi-problem youth.
    The Department of Children and Family Services in consultation with the aforementioned sponsors of the program shall promulgate rules and regulations pursuant to the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act, for the development of initiative programs in densely populated areas of the State to meet the needs of multi-problem youth.
(Source: P.A. 94-696, eff. 6-1-06.)

20 ILCS 505/17a-12

    (20 ILCS 505/17a-12) (from Ch. 23, par. 5017a-12)
    Sec. 17a-12. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 86-1004. Repealed by P.A. 91-60, eff. 6-30-99.)

20 ILCS 505/17a-13

    (20 ILCS 505/17a-13)
    Sec. 17a-13. The Department shall establish a minimum of 3 citizen review panels for the purpose of evaluating the extent to which public and private agencies are effectively discharging their child protection responsibilities as required by the State plan submitted under guidelines of the federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act.
    Each citizen review panel shall be composed of volunteer members who are broadly representative of State and community leaders, including members who have expertise in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. Existing advisory groups that have been established under State or federal law by the Department may be designated as citizen review panels if they have the capacity to perform the required functions.
(Source: P.A. 91-60, eff. 6-30-99.)

20 ILCS 505/17a-15

    (20 ILCS 505/17a-15)
    Sec. 17a-15. Community service programs; Department of Human Services.
    (a) The Department of Human Services must establish a program to award grants to area projects to plan, establish, operate, coordinate, and evaluate community services programs. For purposes of this Section, "area project" means an entity whose purpose is to develop, manage, provide, and coordinate a community services program and "community services program" means a program, based on the Chicago Area Project Model, aimed at changing social, cultural, and environmental conditions that prevent youth and families from maximizing their potential and that place youth in a condition that increases their tendency to become involved in the juvenile justice or child welfare systems.
    (b) The Department of Human Services must, by rule, establish the eligibility criteria for an area project, including the composition and responsibilities of the governing authority of an area project, application requirements, service components of community services programs, and the review and monitoring of community services program plans. At a minimum, an area project must be a not-for-profit organization (i)(A) whose preponderance of resources is directed to community services programs that are different than intervention-oriented youth services or (B) that creates through an amendment to its by-laws or other binding agreement a specific body whose purpose is to develop, manage, provide, and coordinate a community services program and (ii) that includes representation from any community committee, as defined by rule of the Department of Human Services, of the area project and may also include business and industry leaders, educators, and other concerned citizens.
    (c) The Department of Human Services shall fund community services programs by grants made through negotiated contracts, which are written agreements mutually agreed upon by the Department and the area project. The payment of funds to area projects under the community services program shall be in the form of a grant paid in equal monthly installments. In the event of reduced or insufficient funding, existing grants shall receive proportionate reductions.
(Source: P.A. 93-730, eff. 7-14-04.)

20 ILCS 505/18a-13

    (20 ILCS 505/18a-13) (from Ch. 23, par. 5018a-13)
    Sec. 18a-13. (Repealed).
(Source P.A. 90-14, eff. 7-1-97. Repealed internally, eff. 12-31-97.)

20 ILCS 505/20

    (20 ILCS 505/20) (from Ch. 23, par. 5020)
    Sec. 20. To control the admission and transfer of persons in the programs of the Department. The Department may divide the State into such regions as it may deem necessary to provide care and service.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 1061.)

20 ILCS 505/21

    (20 ILCS 505/21) (from Ch. 23, par. 5021)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-830)
    Sec. 21. Investigative powers; training.
    (a) To make such investigations as it may deem necessary to the performance of its duties.
    (b) In the course of any such investigation any qualified person authorized by the Director may administer oaths and secure by its subpoena both the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of books and papers relevant to such investigation. Any person who is served with a subpoena by the Department to appear and testify or to produce books and papers, in the course of an investigation authorized by law, and who refuses or neglects to appear, or to testify, or to produce books and papers relevant to such investigation, as commanded in such subpoena, shall be guilty of a Class B misdemeanor. The fees of witnesses for attendance and travel shall be the same as the fees of witnesses before the circuit courts of this State. Any circuit court of this State, upon application of the person requesting the hearing or the Department, may compel the attendance of witnesses, the production of books and papers, and giving of testimony before the Department or before any authorized officer or employee thereof, by an attachment for contempt or otherwise, in the same manner as production of evidence may be compelled before such court. Every person who, having taken an oath or made affirmation before the Department or any authorized officer or employee thereof, shall willfully swear or affirm falsely, shall be guilty of perjury and upon conviction shall be punished accordingly.
    (c) Investigations initiated under this Section shall provide individuals due process of law, including the right to a hearing, to cross-examine witnesses, to obtain relevant documents, and to present evidence. Administrative findings shall be subject to the provisions of the Administrative Review Law.
    (d) Beginning July 1, 1988, any child protective investigator or supervisor or child welfare specialist or supervisor employed by the Department on the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1987 shall have completed a training program which shall be instituted by the Department. The training program shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (1) training in the detection of symptoms of child neglect and drug abuse; (2) specialized training for dealing with families and children of drug abusers; and (3) specific training in child development, family dynamics and interview techniques. Such program shall conform to the criteria and curriculum developed under Section 4 of the Child Protective Investigator and Child Welfare Specialist Certification Act of 1987. Failure to complete such training due to lack of opportunity provided by the Department shall in no way be grounds for any disciplinary or other action against an investigator or a specialist.
    The Department shall develop a continuous inservice staff development program and evaluation system. Each child protective investigator and supervisor and child welfare specialist and supervisor shall participate in such program and evaluation and shall complete a minimum of 20 hours of inservice education and training every 2 years in order to maintain certification.
    Any child protective investigator or child protective supervisor, or child welfare specialist or child welfare specialist supervisor hired by the Department who begins his actual employment after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1987, shall be certified pursuant to the Child Protective Investigator and Child Welfare Specialist Certification Act of 1987 before he begins such employment. Nothing in this Act shall replace or diminish the rights of employees under the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act, as amended, or the National Labor Relations Act. In the event of any conflict between either of those Acts, or any collective bargaining agreement negotiated thereunder, and the provisions of subsections (d) and (e), the former shall prevail and control.
    (e) The Department shall develop and implement the following:
        (1) A standardized child endangerment risk assessment
    
protocol.
        (2) Related training procedures.
        (3) A standardized method for demonstration of
    
proficiency in application of the protocol.
        (4) An evaluation of the reliability and validity of
    
the protocol.
All child protective investigators and supervisors and child welfare specialists and supervisors employed by the Department or its contractors shall be required, subsequent to the availability of training under this Act, to demonstrate proficiency in application of the protocol previous to being permitted to make decisions about the degree of risk posed to children for whom they are responsible. The Department shall establish a multi-disciplinary advisory committee appointed by the Director, including but not limited to representatives from the fields of child development, domestic violence, family systems, juvenile justice, law enforcement, health care, mental health, substance abuse, and social service to advise the Department and its related contractors in the development and implementation of the child endangerment risk assessment protocol, related training, method for demonstration of proficiency in application of the protocol, and evaluation of the reliability and validity of the protocol. The Department shall develop the protocol, training curriculum, method for demonstration of proficiency in application of the protocol and method for evaluation of the reliability and validity of the protocol by July 1, 1995. Training and demonstration of proficiency in application of the child endangerment risk assessment protocol for all child protective investigators and supervisors and child welfare specialists and supervisors shall be completed as soon as practicable, but no later than January 1, 1996. The Department shall submit to the General Assembly on or before May 1, 1996, and every year thereafter, an annual report on the evaluation of the reliability and validity of the child endangerment risk assessment protocol. The Department shall contract with a not for profit organization with demonstrated expertise in the field of child endangerment risk assessment to assist in the development and implementation of the child endangerment risk assessment protocol, related training, method for demonstration of proficiency in application of the protocol, and evaluation of the reliability and validity of the protocol.
(Source: P.A. 91-61, eff. 6-30-99; 92-154, eff. 1-1-02.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-830)
    Sec. 21. Investigative powers; training.
    (a) To make such investigations as it may deem necessary to the performance of its duties.
    (b) In the course of any such investigation any qualified person authorized by the Director may administer oaths and secure by its subpoena both the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of books and papers relevant to such investigation. Any person who is served with a subpoena by the Department to appear and testify or to produce books and papers, in the course of an investigation authorized by law, and who refuses or neglects to appear, or to testify, or to produce books and papers relevant to such investigation, as commanded in such subpoena, shall be guilty of a Class B misdemeanor. The fees of witnesses for attendance and travel shall be the same as the fees of witnesses before the circuit courts of this State. Any circuit court of this State, upon application of the person requesting the hearing or the Department, may compel the attendance of witnesses, the production of books and papers, and giving of testimony before the Department or before any authorized officer or employee thereof, by an attachment for contempt or otherwise, in the same manner as production of evidence may be compelled before such court. Every person who, having taken an oath or made affirmation before the Department or any authorized officer or employee thereof, shall willfully swear or affirm falsely, shall be guilty of perjury and upon conviction shall be punished accordingly.
    (c) Investigations initiated under this Section shall provide individuals due process of law, including the right to a hearing, to cross-examine witnesses, to obtain relevant documents, and to present evidence. Administrative findings shall be subject to the provisions of the Administrative Review Law.
    (d) Beginning July 1, 1988, any child protective investigator or supervisor or child welfare specialist or supervisor employed by the Department on the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1987 shall have completed a training program which shall be instituted by the Department. The training program shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (1) training in the detection of symptoms of child neglect and drug abuse; (2) specialized training for dealing with families and children of drug abusers; and (3) specific training in child development, family dynamics and interview techniques. Such program shall conform to the criteria and curriculum developed under Section 4 of the Child Protective Investigator and Child Welfare Specialist Certification Act of 1987. Failure to complete such training due to lack of opportunity provided by the Department shall in no way be grounds for any disciplinary or other action against an investigator or a specialist.
    The Department shall develop a continuous inservice staff development program and evaluation system. Each child protective investigator and supervisor and child welfare specialist and supervisor shall participate in such program and evaluation and shall complete a minimum of 20 hours of inservice education and training every 2 years in order to maintain certification.
    Any child protective investigator or child protective supervisor, or child welfare specialist or child welfare specialist supervisor hired by the Department who begins his actual employment after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1987, shall be certified pursuant to the Child Protective Investigator and Child Welfare Specialist Certification Act of 1987 before he begins such employment. Nothing in this Act shall replace or diminish the rights of employees under the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act, as amended, or the National Labor Relations Act. In the event of any conflict between either of those Acts, or any collective bargaining agreement negotiated thereunder, and the provisions of subsections (d) and (e), the former shall prevail and control.
    (e) The Department shall develop and implement the following:
        (1) A standardized child endangerment risk assessment
    
protocol.
        (2) Related training procedures.
        (3) A standardized method for demonstration of
    
proficiency in application of the protocol.
        (4) An evaluation of the reliability and validity of
    
the protocol.
All child protective investigators and supervisors and child welfare specialists and supervisors employed by the Department or its contractors shall be required, subsequent to the availability of training under this Act, to demonstrate proficiency in application of the protocol previous to being permitted to make decisions about the degree of risk posed to children for whom they are responsible. The Department shall establish a multi-disciplinary advisory committee appointed by the Director, including but not limited to representatives from the fields of child development, domestic violence, family systems, juvenile justice, law enforcement, health care, mental health, substance abuse, and social service to advise the Department and its related contractors in the development and implementation of the child endangerment risk assessment protocol, related training, method for demonstration of proficiency in application of the protocol, and evaluation of the reliability and validity of the protocol. The Department shall develop the protocol, training curriculum, method for demonstration of proficiency in application of the protocol and method for evaluation of the reliability and validity of the protocol by July 1, 1995. Training and demonstration of proficiency in application of the child endangerment risk assessment protocol for all child protective investigators and supervisors and child welfare specialists and supervisors shall be completed as soon as practicable, but no later than January 1, 1996. The Department shall submit to the General Assembly on or before May 1, 1996, and every year thereafter, an annual report on the evaluation of the reliability and validity of the child endangerment risk assessment protocol. The Department shall contract with a not for profit organization with demonstrated expertise in the field of child endangerment risk assessment to assist in the development and implementation of the child endangerment risk assessment protocol, related training, method for demonstration of proficiency in application of the protocol, and evaluation of the reliability and validity of the protocol.
    (f) The Department shall provide each parent or guardian and responsible adult caregiver participating in a safety plan a copy of the written safety plan as signed by each parent or guardian and responsible adult caregiver and by a representative of the Department. The Department shall also provide each parent or guardian and responsible adult caregiver safety plan information on their rights and responsibilities that shall include, but need not be limited to, information on how to obtain medical care, emergency phone numbers, and information on how to notify schools or day care providers as appropriate. The Department's representative shall ensure that the safety plan is reviewed and approved by the child protection supervisor.
(Source: P.A. 98-830, eff. 1-1-15.)

20 ILCS 505/21.1

    (20 ILCS 505/21.1) (from Ch. 23, par. 5021.1)
    Sec. 21.1. In any proceeding in which the Department of Children and Family Services is a party, books, papers, records, warrants, computer printouts and memoranda showing the status of financial obligations owed to the Department of Children and Family Services by any person may be proved by a photostatic or reproduced copy thereof under the certificate of the Director of the Department of Children and Family Services. Such certified copies shall, without further proof, be admitted into evidence in the hearing before the Department, in an investigation or in any other proceeding. Nothing in this paragraph is intended to alter the rules governing admissibility of evidence in proceedings in which financial obligations owed to the Department are not in issue.
(Source: P.A. 85-126.)

20 ILCS 505/21.5

    (20 ILCS 505/21.5)
    Sec. 21.5. Training; advice to subjects of investigation. The Department shall train all child protective investigators concerning the statutory and constitutional rights of individuals subject to investigation for child abuse and neglect and shall require all child protective investigators to inform individuals subject to a child abuse and neglect investigation concerning the specific complaints or allegations made against the individual.
(Source: P.A. 93-733, eff. 1-1-05.)

20 ILCS 505/22

    (20 ILCS 505/22) (from Ch. 23, par. 5022)
    Sec. 22. To receive, hold, distribute and use for indicated purposes and the benefit of persons receiving care or service, monies and materials made available by the federal government or other agency.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 1061.)

20 ILCS 505/22.1

    (20 ILCS 505/22.1) (from Ch. 23, par. 5022.1)
    Sec. 22.1. Grants-in-aid for child care services; Department of Human Services.
    (a) Blank.
    (b) Blank.
    (c) The Department of Human Services shall establish and operate day care facilities for the children of migrant workers in areas of the State where they are needed. The Department may provide these day care services by contracting with private centers if practicable. "Migrant worker" means any person who moves seasonally from one place to another, within or without the State, for the purpose of employment in agricultural activities.
(Source: P.A. 97-516, eff. 8-23-11.)

20 ILCS 505/22.2

    (20 ILCS 505/22.2) (from Ch. 23, par. 5022.2)
    Sec. 22.2. To provide training programs for the provision of foster care and adoptive care services. Training provided to foster parents shall include training and information on their right to be heard, to bring a mandamus action, and to intervene in juvenile court as set forth under subsection (2) of Section 1-5 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 and the availability of the hotline established under Section 35.6 of this Act, that foster parents may use to report incidents of misconduct or violation of rules by Department employees, service providers, or contractors.
(Source: P.A. 94-91, eff. 7-1-05.)

20 ILCS 505/22.3

    (20 ILCS 505/22.3) (from Ch. 23, par. 5022.3)
    Sec. 22.3. To provide human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing for any child in the custody of the Department being placed in adoptive care, upon the request of the child's prospective adoptive parent. Such testing shall consist of a test approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health to determine the presence of HIV infection, based upon the recommendations of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; in the event of a positive result, a reliable supplemental test based upon recommendations of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shall also be administered. The prospective adoptive parent requesting the test shall be confidentially notified of the test result, and if the test is positive, the Department shall provide the prospective adoptive parents and child with treatment and counseling, as appropriate. The Department shall report positive HIV test results to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
(Source: P.A. 97-244, eff. 8-4-11.)

20 ILCS 505/22.4

    (20 ILCS 505/22.4) (from Ch. 23, par. 5022.4)
    Sec. 22.4. Low-interest loans for child care facilities; Department of Human Services. The Department of Human Services may establish, with financing to be provided through the issuance of bonds by the Illinois Finance Authority pursuant to the Illinois Finance Authority Act, a low-interest loan program to help child care centers and family day care homes accomplish the following:
        (a) establish a child care program;
        (b) meet federal, State and local child care
    
standards as well as any applicable health and safety standards; or
        (c) build facilities or renovate or expand existing
    
facilities.
    Such loans shall be available only to child care centers and family day care homes serving children of low income families.
(Source: P.A. 93-205, eff. 1-1-04.)

20 ILCS 505/23

    (20 ILCS 505/23) (from Ch. 23, par. 5023)
    Sec. 23. To make agreements with any other department, authority or commission of this State, any State university or public or private agency, to make and receive payment for services provided to or by such bodies, and with written approval by the Governor to make agreements with other states.
    The Department may enter into agreements with any public or private agency determined appropriate and qualified by the Department that will participate in the cost and operation of programs, in at least 4 different communities, that provide a comprehensive array of child and family services, including but not limited to prenatal care to pregnant women, parenting education, and early childhood education services, nutrition services, and basic health services to children of preschool age and their parents who reside in service areas of the State identified by the Illinois Department of Public Health as having the highest rates of infant mortality under the Infant Mortality Reduction Act (now repealed). The Department may assume primary or full financial and administrative responsibility for any such program that has demonstrated effectiveness.
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)

20 ILCS 505/24

    (20 ILCS 505/24) (from Ch. 23, par. 5024)
    Sec. 24. To direct the expenditure of all money which has been or may be received by any officer of the several State institutions under the direction and supervision of the Department, as profit on sales from commissary stores. Such money shall be expended under the direction of the Department for the special comfort, pleasure and amusement of residents and employees, provided that amounts expended for comfort, pleasure and amusement of employees shall not exceed the amount of profits derived from sales made to employees by such commissaries, as determined by the Department.
    Money received as interest and income on funds deposited for residents of such State institutions shall be expended for the special comfort, pleasure and amusement of the residents of the particular institution where the money is paid or received, except that interest or income on the individual savings accounts or investments of such residents shall not be so expended, but shall accrue to the individual accounts of such residents.
    Any money belonging to residents separated by death, discharge or unauthorized absence from institutions described under this Section, in custody of officers thereof, may, if unclaimed by the resident or the legal representatives thereof for a period of two years, be expended at the direction of the Department for the purposes and in the manner specified above. Articles of personal property, with the exception of clothing left in the custody of such officers, shall, if unclaimed for the period of two years, be sold and the money disposed of in the same manner.
    Clothing left at the institution by residents at the time of separation may be used as determined by the institution if unclaimed by the resident or legal representatives thereof within 30 days after notification.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 1061.)

20 ILCS 505/25

    (20 ILCS 505/25) (from Ch. 23, par. 5025)
    Sec. 25. Grants, gifts, or legacies; Putative Father Registry fees.
    (a) To accept and hold in behalf of the State, if for the public interest, a grant, gift or legacy of money or property to the State of Illinois, to the Department, or to any institution or program of the Department made in trust for the maintenance or support of a resident of an institution of the Department, or for any other legitimate purpose connected with such institution or program. The Department shall cause each gift, grant or legacy to be kept as a distinct fund, and shall invest the same in the manner provided by the laws of this State as the same now exist, or shall hereafter be enacted, relating to securities in which the deposit in savings banks may be invested. But the Department may, in its discretion, deposit in a proper trust company or savings bank, during the continuance of the trust, any fund so left in trust for the life of a person, and shall adopt rules and regulations governing the deposit, transfer, or withdrawal of such fund. The Department shall on the expiration of any trust as provided in any instrument creating the same, dispose of the fund thereby created in the manner provided in such instrument. The Department shall include in its required reports a statement showing what funds are so held by it and the condition thereof. Monies found on residents at the time of their admission, or accruing to them during their period of institutional care, and monies deposited with the superintendents by relatives, guardians or friends of residents for the special comfort and pleasure of such resident, shall remain in the custody of such superintendents who shall act as trustees for disbursement to, in behalf of, or for the benefit of such resident. All types of retirement and pension benefits from private and public sources may be paid directly to the superintendent of the institution where the person is a resident, for deposit to the resident's trust fund account.
    (b) The Department shall hold all Putative Father Registry fees collected under Section 12.1 of the Adoption Act in a distinct fund for the Department's use in maintaining the Putative Father Registry. The Department shall invest the moneys in the fund in the same manner as moneys in the funds described in subsection (a) and shall include in its required reports a statement showing the condition of the fund.
(Source: P.A. 94-1010, eff. 10-1-06.)

20 ILCS 505/29

    (20 ILCS 505/29) (from Ch. 23, par. 5029)
    Sec. 29. To establish, maintain and operate cemeteries in connection with the institutions of the Department for the interment of the remains of deceased residents of such institutions whose bodies are not claimed by relatives or others willing to provide other facilities for the interment thereof and to acquire lands therefor.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 1061.)

20 ILCS 505/30

    (20 ILCS 505/30) (from Ch. 23, par. 5030)
    Sec. 30. To prescribe and require surety bonds from any officer or employee under the jurisdiction of the Department, where deemed advisable, in such penal sums to be determined by the Department. The cost of such bonds shall be paid by the State out of funds appropriated to the Department.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 1061.)

20 ILCS 505/31

    (20 ILCS 505/31) (from Ch. 23, par. 5031)
    Sec. 31. To keep, for each institution under the jurisdiction of the Department, a register of the number of officers, employees and residents present each day in the year, in such form as to admit of a calculation of the average number present each month.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 1061.)

20 ILCS 505/32

    (20 ILCS 505/32) (from Ch. 23, par. 5032)
    Sec. 32. To keep, for each institution under the jurisdiction of the Department, so far as may be practicable, a record of stores and supplies received and issued, with the dates and names of the parties from or to whom the same were received or issued.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 1061.)

20 ILCS 505/34

    (20 ILCS 505/34) (from Ch. 23, par. 5034)
    Sec. 34. To report annually in writing to the Governor, on or before the first day of December, on the conditions, management and financial transactions of the Department. The Department shall make such other reports as the Governor may require.
(Source: P.A. 80-525.)

20 ILCS 505/34.1

    (20 ILCS 505/34.1) (from Ch. 23, par. 5034.1)
    Sec. 34.1. To report to the appropriate local law enforcement agency, the Department's knowledge of any foster parent's criminal behavior relative to child care activity.
(Source: P.A. 81-185.)

20 ILCS 505/34.2

    (20 ILCS 505/34.2) (from Ch. 23, par. 5034.2)
    Sec. 34.2. To conduct meetings in each service region between local youth service, police, probation and aftercare workers to develop inter-agency plans to combat gang crime. The Department shall develop a model policy for local interagency cooperation in dealing with gangs.
(Source: P.A. 98-558, eff. 1-1-14.)

20 ILCS 505/34.3

    (20 ILCS 505/34.3) (from Ch. 23, par. 5034.3)
    Sec. 34.3. To conduct supervisory reviews of cases handled by caseworkers and other direct-service personnel to determine whether such persons, in the conduct of their duties, identified and addressed actual or potential drug or alcohol abuse problems of clients, and to institute training and other appropriate remedial measures in the event of any systemic failure to properly identify and address such problems.
(Source: P.A. 85-738.)

20 ILCS 505/34.4

    (20 ILCS 505/34.4) (from Ch. 23, par. 5034.4)
    Sec. 34.4. To enter into referral agreements, on its own behalf and on behalf of agencies funded by the Department, with licensed alcohol and drug abuse treatment programs for the referral and treatment of clients with alcohol and drug abuse problems.
(Source: P.A. 85-738.)

20 ILCS 505/34.5

    (20 ILCS 505/34.5) (from Ch. 23, par. 5034.5)
    Sec. 34.5. To make such inquiry as may be appropriate, in any intake or investigation which the Department is required or authorized to conduct, to determine whether drug or alcohol abuse is a factor contributing to the problem necessitating the Department's involvement, and, when appropriate, to refer a person to a licensed alcohol or drug treatment program, and to include any treatment recommendations in the person's case plan.
(Source: P.A. 85-738.)

20 ILCS 505/34.6

    (20 ILCS 505/34.6) (from Ch. 23, par. 5034.6)
    Sec. 34.6. To submit to the General Assembly no later than March 1 of each year a report in relation to the incidence of alcohol and drug abuse among families, adults and children who are clients of the Department. The report shall specify the numbers of families, adults and children who are clients of the Department and have identified or suspected alcohol or drug abuse problems.
(Source: P.A. 85-738.)

20 ILCS 505/34.7

    (20 ILCS 505/34.7) (from Ch. 23, par. 5034.7)
    Sec. 34.7. To ensure that persons knowledgeable in the causes and treatment of drug and alcohol abuse are appointed to all advisory committees of the Department.
(Source: P.A. 85-738.)

20 ILCS 505/34.8

    (20 ILCS 505/34.8)
    Sec. 34.8. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 85-1394. Repealed by P.A. 95-91, eff. 1-1-08.)

20 ILCS 505/34.9

    (20 ILCS 505/34.9) (from Ch. 23, par. 5034.9)
    Sec. 34.9. The Department may, in conjunction with colleges or universities in this State, establish programs to train low-income older persons to be child care workers. The Department shall prescribe, by rule:
    (a) age and income qualifications for persons to be trained under such programs; and
    (b) standards for such programs to ensure that such programs train participants to be skilled workers for the child care industry.
(Source: P.A. 86-889.)

20 ILCS 505/34.10

    (20 ILCS 505/34.10) (from Ch. 23, par. 5034.10)
    Sec. 34.10. Home child care demonstration project; conversion and renovation grants; Department of Human Services.
    (a) The legislature finds that the demand for quality child care far outweighs the number of safe, quality spaces for our children. The purpose of this Section is to increase the number of child care providers by:
        (1) developing a demonstration project to train
    
individuals to become home child care providers who are able to establish and operate their own child care facility; and
        (2) providing grants to convert and renovate existing
    
facilities.
    (b) The Department of Human Services may from appropriations from the Child Care Development Block Grant establish a demonstration project to train individuals to become home child care providers who are able to establish and operate their own home-based child care facilities. The Department of Human Services is authorized to use funds for this purpose from the child care and development funds deposited into the Special Purposes Trust Fund as described in Section 12-10 of the Illinois Public Aid Code and, until October 1, 1998, the Child Care and Development Fund created by the 87th General Assembly. As an economic development program, the project's focus is to foster individual self-sufficiency through an entrepreneurial approach by the creation of new jobs and opening of new small home-based child care businesses. The demonstration project shall involve coordination among State and county governments and the private sector, including but not limited to: the community college system, the Departments of Labor and Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the State Board of Education, large and small private businesses, nonprofit programs, unions, and child care providers in the State.
    The Department shall submit:
        (1) a progress report on the demonstration project to
    
the legislature by one year after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1991; and
        (2) a final evaluation report on the demonstration
    
project, including findings and recommendations, to the legislature by one year after the due date of the progress report.
    (c) The Department of Human Services may from appropriations from the Child Care Development Block Grant provide grants to family child care providers and center based programs to convert and renovate existing facilities, to the extent permitted by federal law, so additional family child care homes and child care centers can be located in such facilities.
        (1) Applications for grants shall be made to the
    
Department and shall contain information as the Department shall require by rule. Every applicant shall provide assurance to the Department that:
            (A) the facility to be renovated or improved
        
shall be used as family child care home or child care center for a continuous period of at least 5 years;
            (B) any family child care home or child care
        
center program located in a renovated or improved facility shall be licensed by the Department;
            (C) the program shall comply with applicable
        
federal and State laws prohibiting discrimination against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, or sex;
            (D) the grant shall not be used for purposes of
        
entertainment or perquisites;
            (E) the applicant shall comply with any other
        
requirement the Department may prescribe to ensure adherence to applicable federal, State, and county laws;
            (F) all renovations and improvements undertaken
        
with funds received under this Section shall comply with all applicable State and county statutes and ordinances including applicable building codes and structural requirements of the Department; and
            (G) the applicant shall indemnify and save
        
harmless the State and its officers, agents, and employees from and against any and all claims arising out of or resulting from the renovation and improvements made with funds provided by this Section, and, upon request of the Department, the applicant shall procure sufficient insurance to provide that indemnification.
        (2) To receive a grant under this Section to convert
    
an existing facility into a family child care home or child care center facility, the applicant shall:
            (A) agree to make available to the Department of
        
Human Services all records it may have relating to the operation of any family child care home and child care center facility, and to allow State agencies to monitor its compliance with the purpose of this Section;
            (B) agree that, if the facility is to be altered
        
or improved, or is to be used by other groups, moneys appropriated by this Section shall be used for renovating or improving the facility only to the proportionate extent that the floor space will be used by the child care program; and
            (C) establish, to the satisfaction of the
        
Department that sufficient funds are available for the effective use of the facility for the purpose for which it is being renovated or improved.
        (3) In selecting applicants for funding, the
    
Department shall make every effort to ensure that family child care home or child care center facilities are equitably distributed throughout the State according to demographic need. The Department shall give priority consideration to rural/Downstate areas of the State that are currently experiencing a shortage of child care services.
        (4) In considering applications for grants to
    
renovate or improve an existing facility used for the operations of a family child care home or child care center, the Department shall give preference to applications to renovate facilities most in need of repair to address safety and habitability concerns. No grant shall be disbursed unless an agreement is entered into between the applicant and the State, by and through the Department. The agreement shall include the assurances and conditions required by this Section and any other terms which the Department may require.
(Source: P.A. 94-793, eff. 5-19-06.)

20 ILCS 505/34.11

    (20 ILCS 505/34.11)
    Sec. 34.11. Lou Jones Grandparent Child Care Program.
    (a) The General Assembly finds and declares the following:
        (1) An increasing number of children under the age of
    
18, including many children who would otherwise be at risk of abuse or neglect, are in the care of a grandparent or other nonparent relative.
        (2) The principal causes of this increase include
    
parental substance abuse, chronic illness, child abuse, mental illness, military deployment, poverty, homelessness, deportation, and death, as well as concerted efforts by families and by the child welfare service system to keep children with relatives whenever possible.
        (3) Grandparents and older relatives providing
    
primary care for at-risk children may experience unique resultant problems, such as financial stress due to limited incomes, emotional difficulties dealing with the loss of the child's parents or the child's unique behaviors, and decreased physical stamina coupled with a much higher incidence of chronic illness.
        (4) Many children being raised by nonparent relatives
    
experience one or a combination of emotional, behavioral, psychological, academic, or medical problems, especially those born to a substance-abusing mother or at risk of child abuse, neglect, or abandonment.
        (5) Grandparents and other relatives providing
    
primary care for children lack appropriate information about the issues of kinship care, the special needs (both physical and psychological) of children born to a substance-abusing mother or at risk of child abuse, neglect, or abandonment, and the support resources currently available to them.
        (6) An increasing number of grandparents and other
    
relatives age 60 or older are adopting or becoming the subsidized guardians of children placed in their care by the Department. Some of these children will experience the death of their adoptive parent or guardian before reaching the age of 18. For most of these children, no legal plan has been made for the child's future care and custody in the event of the caregiver's death or incapacity.
        (7) Grandparents and other relatives providing
    
primary care for children lack appropriate information about future care and custody planning for children in their care. They also lack access to resources that may assist them in developing future legal care and custody plans for children in their legal custody.
    (b) The Department may establish an informational and educational program for grandparents and other relatives who provide primary care for children who are at risk of child abuse, neglect, or abandonment or who were born to substance-abusing mothers. As a part of the program, the Department may develop, publish, and distribute an informational brochure for grandparents and other relatives who provide primary care for children who are at risk of child abuse, neglect, or abandonment or who were born to substance-abusing mothers. The information provided under the program authorized by this Section may include, but is not limited to the following:
        (1) The most prevalent causes of kinship care,
    
especially the risk of (i) substance exposure, (ii) child abuse, neglect, or abandonment, (iii) chronic illness, (iv) mental illness, (v) military deployment, or (vi) death.
        (2) The problems experienced by children being raised
    
by nonparent caregivers.
        (3) The problems experienced by grandparents and
    
other nonparent relatives providing primary care for children who have special needs.
        (4) The legal system as it relates to children and
    
their nonparent primary caregivers.
        (5) The benefits available to children and their
    
nonparent primary caregivers.
        (6) A list of support groups and resources located
    
throughout the State.
    The brochure may be distributed through hospitals, public health nurses, child protective services, medical professional offices, elementary and secondary schools, senior citizen centers, public libraries, community action agencies selected by the Department, and the Department of Human Services.
    The Kinship Navigator established under the Kinship Navigator Act shall coordinate the grandparent child care program under this Section with the programs and services established and administered by the Department of Human Services under the Kinship Navigator Act.
    (c) In addition to other provisions of this Section, the Department shall establish a program of information, social work services, and legal services for any person age 60 or over and any other person who may be in need of a future legal care and custody plan who adopt, have adopted, take guardianship of, or have taken guardianship of children previously in the Department's custody. This program shall also assist families of deceased adoptive parents and guardians. As part of the program, the Department shall:
        (1) Develop a protocol for identification of persons
    
age 60 or over and others who may be in need of future care and custody plans, including ill caregivers, who are adoptive parents, prospective adoptive parents, guardians, or prospective guardians of children who are or have been in Department custody.
        (2) Provide outreach to caregivers before and after
    
adoption and guardianship, and to the families of deceased caregivers, regarding Illinois legal options for future care and custody of children.
        (3) Provide training for Department and private
    
agency staff on methods of assisting caregivers before and after adoption and guardianship, and the families of older and ill caregivers, who wish to make future care and custody plans for children who have been wards of the Department and who are or will be adopted by or are or will become wards of those caregivers.
        (4) Ensure that all caregivers age 60 or over who
    
will adopt or will become guardians of children previously in Department custody have specifically designated future caregivers for children in their care. The Department shall document this designation, and the Department shall also document acceptance of this responsibility by any future caregiver. Documentation of future care designation shall be included in each child's case file and adoption or guardianship subsidy files as applicable to the child.
        (5) Ensure that any designated future caregiver and
    
the family of a deceased caregiver have information on the financial needs of the child and future resources that may be available to support the child, including any adoption assistance and subsidized guardianship for which the child is or may be eligible.
        (6) With respect to programs of social work and legal
    
services:
            (i) Provide contracted social work services to
        
older and ill caregivers, and the families of deceased caregivers, including those who will or have adopted or will take or have taken guardianship of children previously in Department custody. Social work services to caregivers will have the goal of securing a future care and custody plan for children in their care. Such services will include providing information to the caregivers and families on standby guardianship, guardianship, standby adoption, and adoption. The Department will assist the caregiver in developing a plan for the child if the caregiver becomes incapacitated or terminally ill, or dies while the child is a minor. The Department shall develop a form to document the information given to caregivers and to document plans for future custody, in addition to the documentation described in subsection (b) (4). This form shall be included in each child's case file and adoption or guardianship subsidy files as applicable to the child.
            (ii) Through a program of contracted legal
        
services, assist older and ill caregivers, and the families of deceased caregivers, with the goal of securing court-ordered future care and custody plans for children in their care. Court-ordered future care and custody plans may include: standby guardianship, successor guardianship, standby adoption, and successor adoption. The program will also study ways in which to provide timely and cost-effective legal services to older and ill caregivers, and to families of deceased caregivers in order to ensure permanency for children in their care.
        (7) Ensure that future caregivers designated by
    
adoptive parents or guardians, and the families of deceased caregivers, understand their rights and potential responsibilities and shall be able to provide adequate support and education for children who may become their legal responsibility.
        (8) Ensure that future caregivers designated by
    
adoptive parents and guardians, and the families of deceased caregivers, understand the problems of children who have experienced multiple caregivers and who may have experienced abuse, neglect, or abandonment or may have been born to substance-abusing mothers.
        (9) Ensure that future caregivers designated by
    
adoptive parents and guardians, and the families of deceased caregivers, understand the problems experienced by older and ill caregivers of children, including children with special needs, such as financial stress due to limited income and increased financial responsibility, emotional difficulties associated with the loss of a child's parent or the child's unique behaviors, the special needs of a child who may come into their custody or whose parent or guardian is already deceased, and decreased physical stamina and a higher rate of chronic illness and other health concerns.
        (10) Provide additional services as needed to
    
families in which a designated caregiver appointed by the court or a caregiver designated in a will or other legal document cannot or will not fulfill the responsibilities as adoptive parent, guardian, or legal custodian of the child.
    (d) The Department shall consult with the Department on Aging and any other agency it deems appropriate as the Department develops the program required by subsection (c).
    (e) Rulemaking authority to implement Public Act 95-1040, if any, is conditioned on the rules being adopted in accordance with all provisions of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act and all rules and procedures of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules; any purported rule not so adopted, for whatever reason, is unauthorized.
(Source: P.A. 95-1040, eff. 3-25-09; 96-276, eff. 8-11-09; 96-1000, eff. 7-2-10.)

20 ILCS 505/34.12

    (20 ILCS 505/34.12)
    Sec. 34.12. Federal family resource and support program grants. Each year, the Department shall submit an application to the Commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youths, and Families under 42 USCA Sections 12336, 12337, and 12338 for a family resource and support program grant to expand, develop, and operate a network of local family resource and support programs.
(Source: P.A. 92-84, eff. 7-1-02.)

20 ILCS 505/35

    (20 ILCS 505/35) (from Ch. 23, par. 5035)
    Sec. 35. No officer, agent or employee of the Department of Children and Family Services shall be directly or indirectly interested in any contract, or other agreement for building, repairing, furnishing or supplying such institutions, or for disposing of the product, or products, of any such institution. Any violation of this Section shall subject the offender, on conviction, to be punished by a fine of not more than double the amount of such contract or agreement, or by imprisonment in the penitentiary for a term of not less than one or more than 3 years.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 1061.)

20 ILCS 505/35.1

    (20 ILCS 505/35.1) (from Ch. 23, par. 5035.1)
    Sec. 35.1. The case and clinical records of patients in Department supervised facilities, wards of the Department, children receiving or applying for child welfare services, persons receiving or applying for other services of the Department, and Department reports of injury or abuse to children shall not be open to the general public. Such case and clinical records and reports or the information contained therein shall be disclosed by the Director of the Department to juvenile authorities when necessary for the discharge of their official duties who request information concerning the minor and who certify in writing that the information will not be disclosed to any other party except as provided under law or order of court. For purposes of this Section, "juvenile authorities" means: (i) a judge of the circuit court and members of the staff of the court designated by the judge; (ii) parties to the proceedings under the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 and their attorneys; (iii) probation officers and court appointed advocates for the juvenile authorized by the judge hearing the case; (iv) any individual, public or private agency having custody of the child pursuant to court order or pursuant to placement of the child by the Department; (v) any individual, public or private agency providing education, medical or mental health service to the child when the requested information is needed to determine the appropriate service or treatment for the minor; (vi) any potential placement provider when such release is authorized by the court for the limited purpose of determining the appropriateness of the potential placement; (vii) law enforcement officers and prosecutors; (viii) adult and juvenile prisoner review boards; (ix) authorized military personnel; (x) individuals authorized by court; (xi) the Illinois General Assembly or any committee or commission thereof. This Section does not apply to the Department's fiscal records, other records of a purely administrative nature, or any forms, documents or other records required of facilities subject to licensure by the Department except as may otherwise be provided under the Child Care Act of 1969.
    Nothing contained in this Act prevents the sharing or disclosure of information or records relating or pertaining to juveniles subject to the provisions of the Serious Habitual Offender Comprehensive Action Program when that information is used to assist in the early identification and treatment of habitual juvenile offenders.
    Nothing contained in this Act prevents the sharing or disclosure of information or records relating or pertaining to the death of a minor under the care of or receiving services from the Department and under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court with the juvenile court, the State's Attorney, and the minor's attorney.
    Nothing contained in this Section prohibits or prevents any individual dealing with or providing services to a minor from sharing information with another individual dealing with or providing services to a minor for the purpose of coordinating efforts on behalf of the minor. The sharing of such information is only for the purpose stated herein and is to be consistent with the intent and purpose of the confidentiality provisions of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. This provision does not abrogate any recognized privilege. Sharing information does not include copying of records, reports or case files unless authorized herein.
    Nothing in this Section prohibits or prevents the re-disclosure of records, reports, or other information that reveals malfeasance or nonfeasance on the part of the Department, its employees, or its agents. Nothing in this Section prohibits or prevents the Department or a party in a proceeding under the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 from copying records, reports, or case files for the purpose of sharing those documents with other parties to the litigation.
(Source: P.A. 94-1010, eff. 10-1-06.)

20 ILCS 505/35.2

    (20 ILCS 505/35.2) (from Ch. 23, par. 5035.2)
    Sec. 35.2. If a child has been found to be an abused minor under Section 4-8 of the Juvenile Court Act or Section 2-21 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, and the perpetrator of the abuse was the child's parent, and such parent has been convicted of aggravated battery of the child, and the child has been committed to the Department of Children and Family Services for care and service under Section 5-7 of the Juvenile Court Act or Section 2-27 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, the Department shall cause to be filed a petition seeking the termination of such parent's parental rights pursuant to "An Act in relation to the adoption of persons, and to repeal an Act therein named", approved July 17, 1959, as amended, or under Section 2-29 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, and the Department shall also seek placement of the child with suitable adoptive parents.
(Source: P.A. 86-403.)

20 ILCS 505/35.3

    (20 ILCS 505/35.3)
    Sec. 35.3. Confidentiality of foster parent identifying information.
    (a) Because foster parents accept placements into their residences, it is the policy of the State of Illinois to protect foster parents' addresses and telephone numbers from disclosure. The Department shall adopt rules to effectuate this policy and provide sufficient prior notice of any authorized disclosure for foster parents to seek an order of protection under Section 2-25 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987.
    (b) A person to whom disclosure of a foster parent's name, address, or telephone number is made under this Section shall not redisclose that information except as provided in this Act or the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. Any person who knowingly and willfully rediscloses a foster parent's name, address, or telephone number in violation of this Section is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
    (c) The Department shall provide written notice of the provisions of subsection (b), including the penalty for a Class A misdemeanor, to anyone to whom the Department discloses a foster parent's name, address, or telephone number.
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)

20 ILCS 505/35.5

    (20 ILCS 505/35.5)
    Sec. 35.5. Inspector General.
    (a) The Governor shall appoint, and the Senate shall confirm, an Inspector General who shall have the authority to conduct investigations into allegations of or incidents of possible misconduct, misfeasance, malfeasance, or violations of rules, procedures, or laws by any employee, foster parent, service provider, or contractor of the Department of Children and Family Services, except for allegations of violations of the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act which shall be referred to the Office of the Governor's Executive Inspector General for investigation. The Inspector General shall make recommendations to the Director of Children and Family Services concerning sanctions or disciplinary actions against Department employees or providers of service under contract to the Department. The Director of Children and Family Services shall provide the Inspector General with an implementation report on the status of any corrective actions taken on recommendations under review and shall continue sending updated reports until the corrective action is completed. The Director shall provide a written response to the Inspector General indicating the status of any sanctions or disciplinary actions against employees or providers of service involving any investigation subject to review. In any case, information included in the reports to the Inspector General and Department responses shall be subject to the public disclosure requirements of the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. Any investigation conducted by the Inspector General shall be independent and separate from the investigation mandated by the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. The Inspector General shall be appointed for a term of 4 years. The Inspector General shall function independently within the Department of Children and Family Services with respect to the operations of the Office of Inspector General, including the performance of investigations and issuance of findings and recommendations, and shall report to the Director of Children and Family Services and the Governor and perform other duties the Director may designate. The Inspector General shall adopt rules as necessary to carry out the functions, purposes, and duties of the office of Inspector General in the Department of Children and Family Services, in accordance with the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act and any other applicable law.
    (b) The Inspector General shall have access to all information and personnel necessary to perform the duties of the office. To minimize duplication of efforts, and to assure consistency and conformance with the requirements and procedures established in the B.H. v. Suter consent decree and to share resources when appropriate, the Inspector General shall coordinate his or her activities with the Bureau of Quality Assurance within the Department.
    (c) The Inspector General shall be the primary liaison between the Department and the Department of State Police with regard to investigations conducted under the Inspector General's auspices. If the Inspector General determines that a possible criminal act has been committed, or that special expertise is required in the investigation, he or she shall immediately notify the Department of State Police. All investigations conducted by the Inspector General shall be conducted in a manner designed to ensure the preservation of evidence for possible use in a criminal prosecution.
    (d) The Inspector General may recommend to the Department of Children and Family Services, the Department of Public Health, or any other appropriate agency, sanctions to be imposed against service providers under the jurisdiction of or under contract with the Department for the protection of children in the custody or under the guardianship of the Department who received services from those providers. The Inspector General may seek the assistance of the Attorney General or any of the several State's Attorneys in imposing sanctions.
    (e) The Inspector General shall at all times be granted access to any foster home, facility, or program operated for or licensed or funded by the Department.
    (f) Nothing in this Section shall limit investigations by the Department of Children and Family Services that may otherwise be required by law or that may be necessary in that Department's capacity as the central administrative authority for child welfare.
    (g) The Inspector General shall have the power to subpoena witnesses and compel the production of books and papers pertinent to an investigation authorized by this Act. The power to subpoena or to compel the production of books and papers, however, shall not extend to the person or documents of a labor organization or its representatives insofar as the person or documents of a labor organization relate to the function of representing an employee subject to investigation under this Act. Any person who fails to appear in response to a subpoena or to answer any question or produce any books or papers pertinent to an investigation under this Act, except as otherwise provided in this Section, or who knowingly gives false testimony in relation to an investigation under this Act is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
    (h) The Inspector General shall provide to the General Assembly and the Governor, no later than January 1 of each year, a summary of reports and investigations made under this Section for the prior fiscal year. The summaries shall detail the imposition of sanctions and the final disposition of those recommendations. The summaries shall not contain any confidential or identifying information concerning the subjects of the reports and investigations. The summaries also shall include detailed recommended administrative actions and matters for consideration by the General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 95-527, eff. 6-1-08; 96-555, eff. 8-18-09.)

20 ILCS 505/35.6

    (20 ILCS 505/35.6)
    Sec. 35.6. State-wide toll-free telephone number.
    (a) There shall be a State-wide, toll-free telephone number for any person, whether or not mandated by law, to report to the Inspector General of the Department, suspected misconduct, malfeasance, misfeasance, or violations of rules, procedures, or laws by Department employees, service providers, or contractors that is detrimental to the best interest of children receiving care, services, or training from or who were committed to the Department as allowed under Section 5 of this Act. Immediately upon receipt of a telephone call regarding suspected abuse or neglect of children, the Inspector General shall refer the call to the Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline or to the State Police as mandated by the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act and Section 35.5 of this Act. A mandated reporter shall not be relieved of his or her duty to report incidents to the Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline referred to in this subsection. The Inspector General shall also establish rules and procedures for evaluating reports of suspected misconduct and violation of rules and for conducting an investigation of such reports.
    (b) The Inspector General shall prepare and maintain written records from the reporting source that shall contain the following information to the extent known at the time the report is made: (1) the names and addresses of the child and the person responsible for the child's welfare; (2) the nature of the misconduct and the detriment cause to the child's best interest; (3) the names of the persons or agencies responsible for the alleged misconduct. Any investigation conducted by the Inspector General pursuant to such information shall not duplicate and shall be separate from the investigation mandated by the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. However, the Inspector General may include the results of such investigation in reports compiled under this Section. At the request of the reporting agent, the Inspector General shall keep the identity of the reporting agent strictly confidential from the operation of the Department, until the Inspector General shall determine what recommendations shall be made with regard to discipline or sanction of the Department employee, service provider, or contractor, with the exception of suspected child abuse or neglect which shall be handled consistent with the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act and Section 35.5 of this Act. The Department shall take whatever steps are necessary to assure that a person making a report in good faith under this Section is not adversely affected solely on the basis of having made such report.
(Source: P.A. 92-334, eff. 8-10-01.)

20 ILCS 505/35.7

    (20 ILCS 505/35.7)
    Sec. 35.7. Error Reduction Implementations Plans; Inspector General.
    (a) The Inspector General of the Department of Children and Family Services shall develop Error Reduction Implementation Plans, as necessary, to remedy patterns of errors or problematic practices that compromise or threaten the safety of children as identified in the DCFS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) death or serious injury investigations and Child Death Review Teams recommendations. The Error Reduction Implementation Plans shall include both training and on-site components. The Inspector General shall submit proposed Error Reduction Implementation Plans to the Director for review. The Director may approve the plans submitted, or approve plans amended by the Office of the Inspector General, taking into consideration polices and procedures that govern the function and performance of any affected frontline staff. The Director shall document the basis for disapproval of any submitted or amended plan. The Department shall deploy Error Reduction Safety Teams to implement the Error Reduction Implementation Plans. The Error Reduction Safety Teams shall be composed of Quality Assurance and Division of Training staff to implement hands-on training and Error Reduction Implementation Plans. The teams shall work in the offices of the Department or of agencies, or both, as required by the Error Reduction Implementation Plans, and shall work to ensure that systems are in place to continue reform efforts after the departure of the teams. The Director shall develop a method to ensure consistent compliance with any Error Reduction Implementation Plans, the provisions of which shall be incorporated into the plan.
    (b) Quality Assurance shall prepare public reports annually detailing the following: the substance of any Error Reduction Implementation Plan approved; any deviations from the Error Reduction Plan; whether adequate staff was available to perform functions necessary to the Error Reduction Implementation Plan, including identification and reporting of any staff needs; other problems noted or barriers to implementing the Error Reduction Implementation Plan; and recommendations for additional training, amendments to rules and procedures, or other systemic reform identified by the teams. Quality Assurance shall work with affected frontline staff to implement provisions of the approved Error Reduction Implementation Plans related to staff function and performance.
    (c) The Error Reduction Teams shall implement training and reform protocols through incubating change in each region, Department office, or purchase of service office, as required. The teams shall administer hands-on assistance, supervision, and management while ensuring that the office, region, or agency develops the skills and systems necessary to incorporate changes on a permanent basis. For each Error Reduction Implementation Plan, the Team shall determine whether adequate staff is available to fulfill the Error Reduction Implementation Plan, provide case-by-case supervision to ensure that the plan is implemented, and ensure that management puts systems in place to enable the reforms to continue. Error Reduction Teams shall work with affected frontline staff to ensure that provisions of the approved Error Reduction Implementation Plans relating to staff functions and performance are achieved to effect necessary reforms.
    (d) The OIG shall develop and submit new Error Reduction Implementation Plans as necessary. To implement each Error Reduction Implementation Plan, as approved by the Director, the OIG shall work with Quality Assurance members of the Error Reduction Teams designated by the Department. The teams shall be comprised of staff from Quality Assurance and Training. Training shall work with the OIG and with the child death review teams to develop a curriculum to address errors identified that compromise the safety of children. Following the training roll-out, the Teams shall work on-site in identified offices. The Teams shall review and supervise all work relevant to the Error Reduction Implementation Plan. Quality Assurance shall identify outcome measures and track compliance with the training curriculum. Each quarter, Quality Assurance shall prepare a report detailing compliance with the Error Reduction Implementation Plan and alert the Director to staffing needs or other needs to accomplish the goals of the Error Reduction Implementation Plan. The report shall be transmitted to the Director, the OIG, and all management staff involved in the Error Reduction Implementation Plan.
    (e) The Director shall review quarterly Quality Assurance reports and determine adherence to the Error Reduction Implementation Plan using criteria and standards developed by the Department.
(Source: P.A. 95-527, eff. 6-1-08.)

20 ILCS 505/36

    (20 ILCS 505/36) (from Ch. 23, par. 5036)
    Sec. 36. Transfer to DCFS (1964). All personnel, materials, books, records, appropriations and other resources and equipment of any institution, facility or service relating to children's and specialized services formerly under the management and supervision of the Department of Mental Health, shall be transferred on January 1, 1964, to the Department of Children and Family Services.
    The transfer to the Department of Children and Family Services of employees of the Department of Mental Health who are employed by the transferred institutions, facilities and services, does not affect the status of such employees under the provisions of the "Personnel Code" or other laws relating to State employees, nor shall any admissions or obligations of said institutions, facilities or services be affected hereby.
    The other provisions of this Section are superseded by the applicable transfer and savings provisions of the Department of Human Services Act.
(Source: P.A. 89-507, eff. 7-1-97.)

20 ILCS 505/37

    (20 ILCS 505/37)
    Sec. 37. Internal oversight review and unified report. As required in Section 1-37 of the Department of Human Services Act, the Department shall conduct an internal review and work in conjunction with the Department of Human Services and other State human services agencies in the development of a unified report to the General Assembly summarizing the provider contracts issued by the agencies; auditing requirements related to these contracts; licensing and training requirements subject to audits; mandated reporting requirements for grant recipients and contractual providers; the extent to which audits or rules are redundant or result in duplication; and proposed actions to address the redundancy or duplication.
(Source: P.A. 96-1141, eff. 7-21-10.)

20 ILCS 505/37a

    (20 ILCS 505/37a)
    Sec. 37a. Cross-agency prequalification and master service agreements. As required in Section 1-37a of the Department of Human Services Act, the Department shall have the authority and is hereby directed to collaborate with the Department of Human Services and other State human services agencies in the adoption of joint rules to establish (i) a cross-agency prequalification process for contracting with human service providers; (ii) a cross-agency master service agreement of standard terms and conditions for contracting with human service providers; and (iii) a cross-agency common service taxonomy for human service providers to streamline the processes referenced in this Section and outlined in Section 1-37a of the Department of Human Services Act.
(Source: P.A. 97-210, eff. 7-28-11.)

20 ILCS 505/38

    (20 ILCS 505/38) (from Ch. 23, par. 5038)
    Sec. 38. Should any court of competent jurisdiction hold any section, subdivision, clause, phrase, or provision of this Act to be unconstitutional or invalid for any reason whatsoever, such holding shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this Act.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 1061.)

20 ILCS 505/39

    (20 ILCS 505/39) (from Ch. 23, par. 5039)
    Sec. 39. The provisions for repeal contained in this Act shall not in any way affect an offense committed, an act done, a penalty, punishment, or forfeiture incurred, or a claim, right, power or remedy accrued under any law in force prior to the effective date of this Act.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 1061.)

20 ILCS 505/39.1

    (20 ILCS 505/39.1)
    Sec. 39.1. Kinship Navigator Act. The Kinship Navigator established under the Kinship Navigator Act shall coordinate the child welfare services administered by the Department in relation to kinship care for children and families receiving services under this Act with the programs and services established and administered by the Department of Human Services under the Kinship Navigator Act.
(Source: P.A. 96-276, eff. 8-11-09.)

20 ILCS 505/39.2

    (20 ILCS 505/39.2)
    Sec. 39.2. Illinois Children's Justice Task Force. The Illinois Children's Justice Task Force, in compliance with (i) the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) (42 U.S.C. 5106c), as amended by Public Law 111-320; (ii) the Victims of Crime Act of 1984 (42 U.S.C. 10603), as amended; and (iii) Section 116 of the CAPTA Reauthorization Act of 2010, shall be charged with the exploration, research, and development of recommendations on a multidisciplinary team approach for the investigation of reports of abuse or neglect of children under the age of 18.
    The Illinois Children's Justice Task Force shall submit a report to the General Assembly by March 1, 2015 regarding, but not limited to, its recommendations for a statewide multidisciplinary approach to child abuse or neglect investigations. The Department of Children and Family Services shall continue to provide administrative support to the Task Force through the Department's Children's Justice Grant Manager.
(Source: P.A. 98-845, eff. 8-1-14.)

20 ILCS 505/40

    (20 ILCS 505/40) (from Ch. 23, par. 5040)
    Sec. 40. Sections 33, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39 40, 41 and 42 of "An Act codifying the powers and duties of the Department of Mental Health, and repealing certain Acts herein named," approved August 2, 1961, are repealed.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 1061.)