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92_HB0638enr HB0638 Enrolled LRB9204683JMmb 1 AN ACT concerning the Department of Children and Family 2 Services. 3 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 4 represented in the General Assembly: 5 Section 5. The Children and Family Services Act is 6 amended by changing Sections 7, 7.3, and 35.6 and adding 7 Section 5d as follows: 8 (20 ILCS 505/5d new) 9 Sec. 5d. Advocacy Office for Children and Families. The 10 Department of Children and Family Services shall establish 11 and maintain an Advocacy Office for Children and Families 12 that shall, in addition to other duties assigned by the 13 Director, receive and respond to complaints that may be filed 14 by children, parents, caretakers, and relatives of children 15 receiving child welfare services from the Department of 16 Children and Family Services or its agents. The Department 17 shall promulgate policies and procedures for filing, 18 processing, investigating, and resolving the complaints. The 19 Department shall make a final report to the complainant of 20 its findings. If a final report is not completed, the 21 Department shall report on its disposition every 30 days. 22 The Advocacy Office shall include a statewide toll-free 23 telephone number that may be used to file complaints, or to 24 obtain information about the delivery of child welfare 25 services by the Department or its agents. This telephone 26 number shall be included in all appropriate notices and 27 handbooks regarding services available through the 28 Department. 29 (20 ILCS 505/7) (from Ch. 23, par. 5007) 30 Sec. 7. Placement of children; considerations. HB0638 Enrolled -2- LRB9204683JMmb 1 (a) In placing any child under this Act, the Department 2 shall place such child, as far as possible, in the care and 3 custody of some individual holding the same religious belief 4 as the parents of the child, or with some child care facility 5 which is operated by persons of like religious faith as the 6 parents of such child. 7 (b) In placing a child under this Act, the Department 8 may place a child with a relative if the Department has 9 reason to believe that the relative will be able to 10 adequately provide for the child's safety and welfare. The 11 Department may not place a child with a relative, with the 12 exception of certain circumstances which may be waived as 13 defined by the Department in rules, if the results of a check 14 of the Law Enforcement Agency Data System (LEADS) identifies 15 a prior criminal conviction of the relative or any adult 16 member of the relative's household for any of the following 17 offenses under the Criminal Code of 1961: 18 (1) murder; 19 (1.1) solicitation of murder; 20 (1.2) solicitation of murder for hire; 21 (1.3) intentional homicide of an unborn child; 22 (1.4) voluntary manslaughter of an unborn child; 23 (1.5) involuntary manslaughter; 24 (1.6) reckless homicide; 25 (1.7) concealment of a homicidal death; 26 (1.8) involuntary manslaughter of an unborn child; 27 (1.9) reckless homicide of an unborn child; 28 (1.10) drug-induced homicide; 29 (2) a sex offense under Article 11, except offenses 30 described in Sections 11-7, 11-8, 11-12, and 11-13; 31 (3) kidnapping; 32 (3.1) aggravated unlawful restraint; 33 (3.2) forcible detention; 34 (3.3) aiding and abetting child abduction; HB0638 Enrolled -3- LRB9204683JMmb 1 (4) aggravated kidnapping; 2 (5) child abduction; 3 (6) aggravated battery of a child; 4 (7) criminal sexual assault; 5 (8) aggravated criminal sexual assault; 6 (8.1) predatory criminal sexual assault of a child; 7 (9) criminal sexual abuse; 8 (10) aggravated sexual abuse; 9 (11) heinous battery; 10 (12) aggravated battery with a firearm; 11 (13) tampering with food, drugs, or cosmetics; 12 (14) drug-induced infliction of great bodily harm; 13 (15) aggravated stalking; 14 (16) home invasion; 15 (17) vehicular invasion; 16 (18) criminal transmission of HIV; 17 (19) criminal neglect of an elderly or disabled 18 person; 19 (20) child abandonment; 20 (21) endangering the life or health of a child; 21 (22) ritual mutilation; 22 (23) ritualized abuse of a child; 23 (24) an offense in any other state the elements of 24 which are similar and bear a substantial relationship to 25 any of the foregoing offenses. 26 For the purpose of this subsection, "relative" shall include 27 any person, 21 years of age or over, other than the parent, 28 who (i) is currently related to the child in any of the 29 following ways by blood or adoption: grandparent, sibling, 30 great-grandparent, uncle, aunt, nephew, niece, first cousin, 31 great-uncle, or great-aunt; or (ii) is the spouse of such a 32 relative; or (iii) is the child's step-father, step-mother, 33 or adult step-brother or step-sister; "relative" also 34 includes a person related in any of the foregoing ways to a HB0638 Enrolled -4- LRB9204683JMmb 1 sibling of a child, even though the person is not related to 2 the child, when the child and its sibling are placed together 3 with that person. A relative with whom a child is placed 4 pursuant to this subsection may, but is not required to, 5 apply for licensure as a foster family home pursuant to the 6 Child Care Act of 1969; provided, however, that as of July 1, 7 1995, foster care payments shall be made only to licensed 8 foster family homes pursuant to the terms of Section 5 of 9 this Act. 10 (c) In placing a child under this Act, the Department 11 shall ensure that the child's health, safety, and best 12 interests are met in making a family foster care placement. 13 The Department shall consider the individual needs of the 14 child and the capacity of the prospective foster or adoptive 15 parents to meet the needs of the child. When a child must be 16 placed outside his or her home and cannot be immediately 17 returned to his or her parents or guardian, a comprehensive, 18 individualized assessment shall be performed of that child at 19 which time the needs of the child shall be determined. Only 20 if race, color, or national origin is identified as a 21 legitimate factor in advancing the child's best interests 22 shall it be considered. Race, color, or national origin 23 shall not be routinely considered in making a placement 24 decision. The Department shall make special efforts for the 25 diligent recruitment of potential foster and adoptive 26 families that reflect the ethnic and racial diversity of the 27 children for whom foster and adoptive homes are needed. 28 "Special efforts" shall include contacting and working with 29 community organizations and religious organizations and may 30 include contracting with those organizations, utilizing local 31 media and other local resources, and conducting outreach 32 activities. 33 (c-1) At the time of placement, the Department shall 34 consider concurrent planning, as described in subsection HB0638 Enrolled -5- LRB9204683JMmb 1 (l-1) of Section 5, so that permanency may occur at the 2 earliest opportunity. Consideration should be given so that 3 if reunification fails or is delayed, the placement made is 4 the best available placement to provide permanency for the 5 child. 6 (d) The Department may accept gifts, grants, offers of 7 services, and other contributions to use in making special 8 recruitment efforts. 9 (e) The Department in placing children in adoptive or 10 foster care homes may not, in any policy or practice relating 11 to the placement of children for adoption or foster care, 12 discriminate against any child or prospective adoptive or 13 foster parent on the basis of race. 14 (Source: P.A. 89-21, eff. 7-1-95; 89-422; 89-428, eff. 15 12-13-95; 89-462, eff. 5-29-96; 89-626, eff. 8-9-96; 90-27, 16 eff. 1-1-98; 90-28, eff. 1-1-98; 90-608, eff. 6-30-98.) 17 (20 ILCS 505/7.3) 18 Sec. 7.3. Placement plan. The Department shall develop 19 and implement a written plan for placing children. The plan 20 shall include at least the following features: 21 (1) A plan for recruiting minority adoptive and 22 foster families. The plan shall include strategies for 23 using existing resources in minority communities, use of 24 minority outreach staff whenever possible, use of 25 minority foster homes for placements after birth and 26 before adoption, and other techniques as appropriate. 27 (2) A plan for training adoptive and foster 28 families of minority children. 29 (3) A plan for employing social workers in adoption 30 and foster care. The plan shall include staffing goals 31 and objectives. 32 (4) A plan for ensuring that adoption and foster 33 care workers attend training offered or approved by the HB0638 Enrolled -6- LRB9204683JMmb 1 Department regarding the State's goal of encouraging 2 cultural diversity and the needs of special needs 3 children. 4 (5) A plan that includes policies and procedures 5 for determining for each child requiring placement 6 outside of his or her home, and who cannot be immediately 7 returned to his or her parents or guardian, the placement 8 needs of that child. In the rare instance when an 9 individualized assessment identifies, documents, and 10 substantiates that race, color, or national origin is a 11 factor that needs to be considered in advancing a 12 particular child's best interests, it shall be considered 13 in making a placement. 14 (Source: P.A. 89-422.) 15 (20 ILCS 505/35.6) 16 Sec. 35.6. State-wide
Foster parent state-wide,17 toll-free telephone number. 18 (a) There shall be a State-wide, toll-free telephone 19 number for any person foster parents, whether or not mandated 20 by law, to report to the Inspector General of the Department, 21 suspected misconduct, malfeasance, misfeasance, or violations 22 of rules, procedures, or laws by Department employees, 23 service providers, or contractors that is detrimental to the 24 best interest of children receiving care, services, or 25 training from or who were committed to the Department as 26 allowed under Section 5 of this Act. Immediately upon 27 receipt of a telephone call regarding suspected abuse or 28 neglect of children, the Inspector General shall refer the 29 call to the Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline or to the State 30 Police as mandated by the Abused and Neglected Child 31 Reporting Act and Section 35.5 of this Act. A mandated 32 reporter shall not be relieved of his or her duty to report 33 incidents to the Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline referred to HB0638 Enrolled -7- LRB9204683JMmb 1 in this subsection. The Inspector General shall also 2 establish rules and procedures for evaluating reports of 3 suspected misconduct and violation of rules and for 4 conducting an investigation of such reports. 5 (b) The Inspector General shall prepare and maintain 6 written records from the reporting source that shall contain 7 the following information to the extent known at the time the 8 report is made: (1) the names and addresses of the child and 9 the person responsible for the child's welfare; (2) the 10 nature of the misconduct and the detriment cause to the 11 child's best interest; (3) the names of the persons or 12 agencies responsible for the alleged misconduct. Any 13 investigation conducted by the Inspector General pursuant to 14 such information shall not duplicate and shall be separate 15 from the investigation mandated by the Abused and Neglected 16 Child Reporting Act. However, the Inspector General may 17 include the results of such investigation in reports compiled 18 under this Section. At the request of the reporting agent, 19 the Inspector General shall keep the identity of the 20 reporting agent strictly confidential from the operation of 21 the Department, until the Inspector General shall determine 22 what recommendations shall be made with regard to discipline 23 or sanction of the Department employee, service provider, or 24 contractor, with the exception of suspected child abuse or 25 neglect which shall be handled consistent with the Abused and 26 Neglected Child Reporting Act and Section 35.5 of this Act. 27 The Department shall take whatever steps are necessary to 28 assure that a person making a report in good faith under this 29 Section is not adversely affected solely on the basis of 30 having made such report. 31 (Source: P.A. 88-7; 88-491.) 32 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon 33 becoming law.
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