102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2021 and 2022
Introduced 1/21/2022, by Sen. Mattie Hunter
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
Creates the DCFS Child Protection Security Force Act. Creates the
DCFS Child Protection Security Force within the Department of Children and
Family Services. Requires the Department, in conjunction with the Illinois
State Police, to establish criteria for the hiring of officers, education
and training curriculum, and protocols for engagement with child
protection workers and families. Provides that the Department shall have
the authority, with Illinois State Police oversight, to adopt and amend
any rules necessary to implement the Act. Requires the Security Force to
work in coordination with the Department's Division of Child Protection
under the direction of the Director of the Division of Child Protection.
Provides that all child protection workers, after an initial
investigation, may request Security Force engagement when there is the
possibility of non-cooperation or violence by the family, relatives of the
family, friends, partners, neighbors, or any other persons who seek to
disrupt the orderly review, removal, or other action deemed necessary for
the protection of the child.
A BILL FOR
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AN ACT concerning child protection workers.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
Child Protection Security Force Act.
Finding and purpose.
The Department of Children
and Family Services is the sole agency responsible for the
protection of children who are reported to be abused or
neglected and to increase their families' capacity to safely
care for them. Due to numerous factors, including the recent
murder of a child protection worker, the Child Protection
Security Force is created to protect child protection workers
while they are investigating and removing children in harm's
way from potential abuse or an abusive household.
As used in this Act:
"Department" means the Department of Children and Family
"Security Force" means the DCFS Child Protection Security
DCFS Child Protection Security Force.
Child Protection Security Force is created within the