91st General Assembly
Summary of HB4336
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DCFS-DISCRIMINATORY PLACEMENTS                                             

Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
        Amends  the  Children  and  Family  Services  Act.   Applies  the      
   Department's review  and  appeal  process,  including  a  hearing,  to      
   certain  relatives  of  children  receiving  child  welfare  services.      
   Requires  consideration of a child's needs, if any, relating to his or      
   her cultural, ethnic, or racial background when the  child  is  placed      
   outside  the  home  and  requires the Department to develop a plan for      
   identifying those children  and  their  placement  needs.   Makes  the      
   statewide  foster parent phone number available to any person wishing       
   to report problems concerning a child's  welfare  services.  Effective      
          BALANCED BUDGET NOTE (Bureau of the Budget)                          
          Since HB 4336 is not a supplemental appropriation bill, the          
          Balanced Budget Note Act is inapplicable.                            
          STATE DEBT NOTE (Economic and Fiscal Commission)                     
          HB 4336 would not change the amount of authorization for any         
          type of State-issued or State-supported bond, and, therefore,        
          would not affect the level of State indebtedness.                    
          JUDICIAL NOTE (Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts)         
          The bill would not increase the number of judges needed in           
          the State.                                                           
          FISCAL NOTE (Dept. of Children and Family Services)                  
          In addition to extra staff to hear appeals, the cost of this         
          legislation is anticipated to involve substantial penalties          
          under the federal Multi Ethnic Placement Act, totaling               
          $6,476,000 in the first year it is effective, $9,714,000 the         
          second year, and $16,190,000 per year in the third and each          
          subsequent year.                                                     
        HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1.                                                 
          Deletes reference to:                                                
          20 ILCS 505/5                                                        
          Adds reference to:                                                   
          20 ILCS 505/5d new                                                   
        Removes the bill's application of  the  Department's  review  and      
   appeal  process  to  certain  relatives.   Requires  the Department to      
   create an advocacy office to receive and resolve  complaints  about  a      
   child's  services.   Provides that when a child must be placed outside      
   his or her home and cannot  be  returned  immediately  to  parents  or      
   guardian, an assessment of the child's special needs must be conducted      
   and race, color, or national origin may be considered in the placement      
   only  if  that  has  been  assessed  as  advancing  the  child's  best      
          FISCAL NOTE, H-AM 1 (Dept. of Children and Family Services)          
          The expansion of the foster parent toll-free telephone num-          
          ber to any person would have minimal, if any, impact, as that        
          telephone number is available to all persons now and calls           
          alleging employee or contract provider misconduct, misfeasance,      
          or malfeasance are already accepted.                                 
          STATE DEBT NOTE, H-AM 1 (Economic and Fiscal Commission)             
          This legislation would not affect the bonding authorization          
          of the State, and, therefore, has no direct impact on the            
          level of State indebtedness.                                         
          BALANCED BUDGET NOTE, H-AM 1 (Bureau of the Budget)                  
          Same as previous Balanced Budget Note.                               
          JUDICIAL NOTE, H-AM 1 (Administrative Office of Ill. Courts)         
          The bill would neither decrease nor increase the number of           
          judges needed in the State.                                          
Last action on Bill: SESSION SINE DIE

   Last action date: 01-01-09

           Location: House

 Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE -   1     SENATE -   0


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