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(325 ILCS 5/2)
(from Ch. 23, par. 2052)
(a) The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
shall, upon receiving reports made under this Act, protect the health,
safety, and best
interests of the child in all situations in which the child is vulnerable to
child abuse or neglect, offer protective services in order to prevent
any further harm to the child and to other children in the same
environment or family, stabilize the home environment,
and preserve family life whenever possible. Recognizing that children also can
be abused and neglected
while living in public or private residential agencies or institutions
meant to serve them, while attending day care centers, schools, or
religious activities, or
when in contact with adults who are responsible for the welfare of the
child at that time,
this Act also provides for the reporting and investigation
of child abuse and neglect in such instances. In performing any of these
duties, the Department may utilize such protective services of voluntary
agencies as are available.
(b) The Department shall be responsible for receiving and investigating reports of adult resident abuse or neglect under the provisions of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 96-1446, eff. 8-20-10.)