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(20 ILCS 505/5d)
The Direct Child Welfare Service Employee License Board.
(a) For purposes of this Section:
(1) "Board" means the Direct Child Welfare Service
(2) "Director" means the Director of Children and
(b) The Direct Child Welfare Service Employee License Board is created
the Department of Children and Family Services and shall consist of 9 members
appointed by the Director. The Director shall annually designate a chairperson
the Board. The membership of the
must be composed as follows: (i) 5 licensed professionals from the field of
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
standing within their profession and (iii) 2 members of the general public who
licensed under this Act or a similar rule and will represent consumer
In making the first appointments, the Director shall appoint 3 members to
for a term of one year, 3 members to serve for a term of 2 years, and 3
serve for a term of 3 years, or until their successors are appointed and
successors shall be appointed to serve 3-year terms, or until their
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
The Director may terminate the appointment of any member for good cause,
including but not limited to (i) unjustified absences from Board meetings or
to meet Board responsibilities, (ii) failure to recuse himself or herself when
subsection (c) of this Section or Department rule, or (iii) failure to maintain
position required by Department rule. No member of the Board may have a
or indicated report of child abuse or neglect or a pending complaint or
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
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
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
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
electronic means, or by mail at the discretion of the chairperson.
A simple majority of the members appointed and serving is
when Board members vote by mail or by telephonic or electronic means. A
the currently appointed and serving Board members constitutes a quorum. A
a quorum is required when a recommendation is voted on during a Board
vacancy in the membership of the Board shall not impair the right of a quorum
all the duties of the Board. Board members are not personally liable in any
upon a disciplinary proceeding or otherwise for any action taken in good faith
member of the Board.
(d) The Director may assign Department employees to provide staffing
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.)