(750 ILCS 50/18.9)
    Sec. 18.9. Post-placement and post-adoption support services.
    (a) It is the public policy of this State to find permanency for children through adoption and to prevent placement disruption, adoption dissolution, and secondary placement. Public awareness and access to timely, effective post-placement and post-adoption support services to provide resources for children and families is essential to promote permanency.
    (b) The Department shall establish and maintain accessible post-placement and post-adoption support services for all children adopted pursuant to this Act, all children residing in this State adopted pursuant to the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children, all children residing in this State adopted pursuant to the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000, and all former youth in care, as defined by the Children and Family Services Act, who have been placed in a guardianship.
    (b-5) The Department shall establish and maintain a toll-free number to respond to requests from the public about its post-placement and post-adoption support services under subsection (b) and shall staff the toll-free number so that calls are answered on a timely basis, but in no event more than 24 hours from the receipt of a request.
    (c) The Department shall publicize information about the Department's post-placement and post-adoption support services pursuant to subsection (b) and the toll-free number pursuant to subsection (b-5) as follows:
        (1) it shall post information on the Department's
    
website;
        (2) it shall provide the information to every
    
licensed child welfare agency, every out of State placement agency or entity approved under Section 4.1 of this Act, and any entity providing adoption support services in the Illinois courts;
        (3) it shall reference such information in the
    
adoptive parents' rights and responsibilities document that the Department publishes and that is provided to adoptive parents under this Act and the Child Care Act.
        (4) it shall provide the information, including the
    
Illinois Post Adoption and Guardianship Services booklet, to prospective adoptive parents and guardians as part of its adoption and guardianship training and at the time they are presented with the Permanency Commitment form; and
        (5) it shall include, in each annual notification
    
letter mailed to adoptive parents and guardians, a short, 2-sided flier or news bulletin in plain language that describes access to post-placement and post-adoption services, how to access Medicaid and Individual Care Grant or Family Support Program services, the webpage address to Illinois' Post Adoption and Guardianship Services booklet, information on how to request that a copy of the booklet be mailed, and a sticker or magnet that includes the toll-free number to access the Department's post-placement and post-adoption support services.
    (c-5) The Department shall review and update annually all information relating to its post-placement and post-adoption support services, including its Post Adoption and Guardianship Services booklet, to include updated information on Individual Care Group or Family Support Program services eligibility and the post-placement and post-adoption support services that are available through the Medicaid program or any other State program for mental health services. The Department and the Department of Healthcare and Family Services shall coordinate their efforts in the development of resources described in this subsection.
    (d) Every licensed child welfare agency, every entity approved under Section 4.1 of this Act, and any entity providing adoption support services in the Illinois courts shall provide the Department's website address and link to the Department's post-placement and post-adoption support services information set forth in subsection (c) of this Section, including the Department's toll-free number, to every adoptive parent, prospective adoptive parent, and guardian with whom they work in Illinois. This information shall be provided prior to placement.
    (e) Beginning one year after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 101st General Assembly, the Department shall report annually to the General Assembly on January 15 the following information for the preceding year:
        (1) a description of all post-placement and
    
post-adoption support services the Department provides;
        (2) without identifying the names of the recipients
    
of the services, the number of guardians, prospective adoptive parents, and adoptive families in Illinois who have received the Department's post-placement and post-adoption support services and the type of services provided and for each, the length of time between the initial contact to the Department to request post-placement and post-adoption support services and the first receipt of services, and the type of services received;
        (3) the number of families who have contacted the
    
Department about its post-placement and post-adoption support services due to a potential placement disruption, adoption dissolution, secondary placement, or unregulated placement, but for whom the Department declined to provide post-placement and post-adoption support services and the reasons that services were denied;
        (4) the number of placement disruptions, adoption
    
dissolutions, unregulated placements, and secondary placements, and for each one:
            (A) the type of placement or adoption, including
        
whether the child who was the subject of the placement was a youth in care as defined in Section 4d of the Children and Family Services Act, and if the child was not a youth in care, whether the adoption was a private, agency, agency-assisted, interstate, or intercountry adoption;
            (B) if the placement or adoption was
        
intercountry, the country of birth of the child;
            (C) whether the child who was the subject of the
        
placement disruption, adoption dissolution, unregulated placement, or secondary placement entered State custody;
            (D) the length of the placement prior to the
        
placement disruption, adoption dissolution, unregulated placement, or secondary placement;
            (E) the age of the child at the time of the
        
placement disruption, adoption dissolution, unregulated placement, or secondary placement;
            (F) the reason, if known, for the placement
        
disruption, adoption dissolution, unregulated placement, or secondary placement; and
            (G) if a licensed child welfare agency or any
        
approved out of State placing entity participated in the initial placement, and, if applicable, the name of the agency or approved out of State placing entity; and
        (5) a description of the coordination between the
    
Department and the Department of Healthcare and Family Services to develop resources under this subsection, including, but not limited to, a description of the goals of such coordination and whether the goals have been met.
(Source: P.A. 100-159, eff. 8-18-17; 101-155, eff. 1-1-20.)