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Articles on Child Protection

Child Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Registration Act offenses expanded. PA 096-1294 April 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 180 Illinois lawmakers recently expanded the offenses covered by the Child Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Registration Act.
Juvenile Court Act gives court authority to determine independent basis of abuse or neglect April 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 180 On February 4, 2011, the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, affirmed a decision of the Circuit Court of Cook County, holding that the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 (705 ILCS 405/1-1 et seq) confers upon the court authority to determine that "'an independent basis of abuse, neglect, or dependency' exists, without strictly adhering to the procedural requirements for neglect petitions in Article II of the Act." K.D. at *1, quoting 705 ILCS 405/5-710 (1)(a)(iv).
Illinois adopts rules to improve the quality of youth group homes July 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 348 The Department of Children and Family Services adopted amended rules to improve the care and quality of life for children housed at group homes.
Cross reporting encouraged between Animal Control and the Department of Children and Family Services. PA 096-0494 May 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 236 Illinois lawmakers amended multiple Acts with the aim of facilitating cross-reporting between those charged with investigating possible animal and child abuse and neglect violations.
No statute of limitation for child pornography cases. March 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 128 Illinois lawmakers amended the Criminal Code of 1961 to allow prosecution of child pornography offenses to be undertaken "at any time."  
Illinois amends standards for foster family homes October 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 496 The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services amended its standards for foster family homes.
A Critical Look at the Shaken Baby Syndrome By Roger H. Kelly and Zachary M. Bravos April 2009 Article, Page 200 Recent research shows that factors other than abuse may be the cause of damage thought to result from shaking, the authors argue.
Criminal Code creates “grooming” and “traveling to meet a minor” offenses. PA 095-0901 November 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 554 Illinois lawmakers amended the Criminal Code of 1961 to include two new related offenses: "grooming" and "traveling to meet a minor." 720 ILCS 5/11-25, 11-26. 
Sale of Tobacco to Minors Act amended. PA 095-0905 November 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 554 Illinois lawmakers amended the Sale of Tobacco to Minors Act by prohibiting the sale of "loose" cigarettes "not contained within a sealed container" to minors, and making it a crime for minors to use false identification to obtain cigarettes and other tobacco products. 720 ILCS 675/1.
Criminal Code of 1961 amended. PA 095-0849 October 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 504 Effective January 1, 2009, the Criminal Code of 1961 is revised by adding a Cyber-bullying Law which provides penalties for harassment through electronic communication mediums. 720 ILCS 5/12-7.5. 
You’ve been appointed GAL-now what? By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2008 Lawpulse, Page 438 Might you be a minor child's court appointed guardian ad litem? If so, here are some pointers from a colleague who's been there.
New restrictions on the availability of confidential information to caregivers July 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 340 The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), amended 89 Ill Adm Code 431, which deals with the disclosure of foster children's confidential information. 
Adult DUI offenders who transport minors - what is the law? By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2008 Lawpulse, Page 66 A recent Journal article inspires a debate about whether the statute it discussed is still in effect and a call for the legislature to clear up the confusion.
Duration of registration for Sex Offenders and Violent Offenders against Youth amended. PA 095-0169 February 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 72 The Illinois General Assembly mandates that the Illinois State Police maintain a statewide Sex Offender Database (730 ILCS 152/115 (a)-(b)) and Child Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Database ((730 ILCS 154/85 (a)-(b)). 
Missing Persons Identification Act created. PA 095-0192 February 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 72 Act provides law enforcement guidelines and requires all law enforcement agencies to accept "without delay" any report of a missing person.
Permanency Planning: Protecting Children from the Loss of Their Parents By Sarah Unsicker December 2007 Article, Page 656 How can Illinois parents plan for the possibility that they will die or otherwise not be there for their children? This article reviews the options.
Definition of neglected child expanded. PA 095-0443 November 2007 Illinois Law Update, Page 576 The Illinois General Assembly has amended Section 3 of the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. 325 ILCS 5/3. 
Terminating Guardianships and Returning Children to Parents: Pitfalls and Possibilities By Julie M. Harcum October 2007 Article, Page 542 Is it enough that a parent is "fit, willing, and able," or may a child be returned only if doing so serves his or her "best interest"?
So you wanna be a child rep…? By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2007 Lawpulse, Page 342 How do you get appointed? How much can you earn? What about appointees who don't do the job?
New rules promulgated regarding Indian Child Welfare Services June 2007 Illinois Law Update, Page 292 The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has repealed the previous version of 89 Ill Adm Code 307 and has added new sections that now comprise part 307 of title 89. 
Helping Parents Plan for Children with Special Needs By Kerry R. Peck and D. Rebecca Mitchell February 2007 Article, Page 82 Drafting tips to help lawyers help parents plan, financially and otherwise, for special-needs children.
Standing for Nonparents Seeking Custody or Guardianship of Minors after In re R.L.S. By Roman J. Seckel February 2007 Article, Page 90 The R.L.S. case created differing approaches to standing under the probate act and the IMDMA. The author analyzes the ruling.
Child counseling amended in IMDMA PA 094-0640 November 2005 Illinois Law Update, Page 564 In an effort to provide better representation for children in custody actions, section 506 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (Act), 750 ILCS 5/101 et seq.
Appellate Jurisdiction Over Child Protection Orders By Charles P. Goldbert and Kass A. Plain September 2005 Article, Page 466 When can lawyers for parents, children, and other parties seek appellate review in child protection cases? This article discusses the details.
More protection for children under the age of 9 years - PA 094-0011 August 2005 Illinois Law Update, Page 390 On June 8, 2005, the Children's Product Safety Act ("Act") is amended by raising the age of children protected under the Act from under the age of 6 years, to any child under the age of 9 years. 
Child Curfew Act amended - PA 093-1092 June 2005 Illinois Law Update, Page 280 On March 29, 2005, the Illinois legislature amended The Child Curfew Act, 720 ILCS 555, and adopted precise definitions confining the activities of youth outside the home to specified time parameters, while recognizing viable defenses to violations and guiding actions of enforcement.
Day care centers must notify parents when pesticides applied June 2005 Illinois Law Update, Page 280 The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has amended 89 Ill Adm Code 407. 
Requirements outlined to activate the AMBER Alert Notification Plan March 2005 Illinois Law Update, Page 116 The Illinois State Police recently adopted 20 Ill Adm Code 1292.30, effective on November 24, 2004.
Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect: Good Faith Immunity for Health Care Providers By Theodore R. LeBlang July 2004 Article, Page 356 A look at how recent cases have construed the nature and scope of the immunity.
Amendments Adopted by Department of Children and Family Services March 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 124 The Department of Children and Family Services recently amended 89 Ill. Adm. Code 431.