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Articles on Child Protection

Child abduction statute and jury instructions did not require jury to consider mother’s knowledge of child’s whereabouts in determining father’s guilt; trial court did not abuse discretion in not providing jury with common definition of word “concealed” January 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 14 On October 22, 2002, the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, affirmed the order of the circuit court of Cook County convicting the defendant of child abduction.
Legislation requires members of clergy to report sexual abuse of children under Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act P.A. 92-0801 January 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 14 On August 16, 2002, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law House Bill 5002, which amends the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act (ANCRA) and the Criminal Code of 1961.
Section 2-6.5 of Probate Act requires trial court to first find that parent satisfies one criteria for misconduct and then determine what effect that misconduct had before reducing parent’s interest in child’s estate January 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 14 On October 15, 2002, the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, reversed in part and reversed and remanded in part the order of the circuit court of Cook County entering an adjudication of parental neglect pursuant to section 2-6.5 of the Probate Act.
Bill would require clergy to report abuse By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2002 Lawpulse, Page 392 HB 5002 would add clergy to the list of required reporters under the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act.
Time frame of initial service plans extended and health added as an ongoing assessment factor August 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 402 On May 24, 2002, the Department of Children and Family Services (department) amended several provisions in section 89 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 89 Ill Adm Code 315.
New review process created for foster parents July 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 344 On June 1, 2002, the Department of Children and Family Services (department) amended section 337 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 89 Ill Adm Code 337.
Behavior treatment in residential child care facilities June 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 288 On March 15, 2002, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (department) adopted amendments to section 384 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 89 Ill Adm Code 384.
Legislation makes changes to child abuse reporting laws P.A. 92-0319 and P.A. 92-0295 May 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 232 In August 2001, Gov. Ryan approved two pieces of legislation amending the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act and Illinois School Student Records Act.
New guidelines adopted for school discipline April 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 176 On January 16, 2002, the State Board of Education (board) adopted amendments to section 1 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 23 Ill Adm Code 1.
Parents may be jailed for leaving child alone in a car P.A. 92-515 March 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 120 Beginning June 1, 2002, parents may be subject to up to a year in jail or a $2,500 fine if they leave a child unattended in a car for an extended period of time.
Correspondence from Our Readers January 2002 Column, Page 6 Those clients from hell.
Definitions and disclosure amended December 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 624 On September 14, 2001, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (department) adopted amendments and additions to section 301 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 89 Ill Adm Code 301.
Legislation clarifies that failure to vaccinate a child for religious or medical reasons is not neglect or abuse; P.A. 92-375 December 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 624 In August, Gov. Ryan signed into law Senate Bill 1305, which amends the Adoption Act to clarify that a parent's failure to vaccinate a child due to religious or medical reasons, allowed by law, does not constitute child neglect or abuse.
New report allegation December 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 624 On October 1, 2001, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (department) adopted an amendment to section 300 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 89 Ill Adm Code 300.
Legislation increases fines for violations of Child Passenger Protection Act; P.A. 92-173 November 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 568 In addition to signing Senate Bill 98 requiring drivers to ensure that seat belts are used for children under 16, Gov. Ryan signed Senate Bill 403.
Legislation requires drivers to ensure that passengers younger than 16 use seat belts or restraint systems; P.A. 92-171 November 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 568 In late July, Gov. Ryan signed into law Senate Bill 98, which amends the Child Passenger Protection Act. The new legislation requires drivers to ensure all passengers four years of age or older, but under 16, are secured by either seat belts or restraint systems in a vehicle.
Placement clearance November 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 568 On September 14, 2001, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (department) adopted amendments to section 301 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 89 Ill Adm Code 301.
Courts may notify schools and day-cares of orders of protection for children; P.A. 92-090 September 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 454 In July, Gov. Ryan signed legislation authorizing courts to notify schools (including public and private schools and colleges and universities) and day-care facilities if a child is the subject of an order of protection.
Understanding the Illinois Child’s Representative Statute By Carl W. Gilmore September 2001 Article, Page 458 Find out which of the three options authorized by statute;GAL, child's representative, or attorney for the child;is best for your case.
Reporting unusual incidents August 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 398 On June 15, 2001, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (department) adopted amendments to section 331 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 89 Ill Adm Code 331.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath July 2001 Column, Page 338 Golfers in the (legal) news; capital punishment and the mentally retarded; and more.
Licensing standards for group day care homes July 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 342 On April 1, 2001, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (department) enacted amendments to section 408 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 89 Ill Adm Code 408.
Administrative appeals of indicated findings of child abuse or neglect May 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 230 On February 23, 2001, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (department) adopted an amendment to section 336 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 89 Ill Adm Code 336.
The Great START Program May 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 230 On February 5, 2001, the Illinois Department of Human Services (department) adopted emergency amendments to section 50 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 89 Ill Adm Code 50.
Zero-Tolerance Discipline in Illinois Public Schools By Scott F. Uhler and David J. Fish May 2001 Article, Page 256 The legal concerns raised by "one size fits all" disciplinary policies.
Leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle may soon be illegal; S.B. 0028 March 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 116 Senate Bill 28, sponsored by Senator John Cullerton, D-Chicago, would make leaving a child under the age of 11 unattended in a motor vehicle a misdemeanor.
New proposal to protect children who testify; S.B. 0027 March 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 116 Under current Illinois law, courts may permit children under 18 who are witnesses in certain criminal prosecutions like sexual assault, predatory sexual assault of a child, and sexual abuse to testify via closed-circuit television outside the courtroom if the judge determines that in-court testimony would result in the child suffering serious emotional distress.
Child labor in the entertainment industry February 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 60 On November 20, 2000, the Illinois Department of Labor enacted an emergency amendment to section 250 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 56 Ill Adm Code 250.
Legislation mandates legal representation for pre-teens suspected of murder or sex crimes — P.A. 91-915 January 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 14 Gov. George H. Ryan approved legislation that ensures legal representation for young minors suspected of murder or sex offenses.
Locating and returning missing, runaway, and abducted children December 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 690 On October 16, 2000, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services adopted two new sections to section 329 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 89 Ill Adm Code 329.