Section Newsletter Articles on Juveniles

When a child is in foster care: From the parent’s perspective By Christina Schneider Child Law, June 2008 Editor’s Note: Christina Schneider, Special Assistant General Counsel to DCFS, has been kind enough to provide a synopsis of the new guide for parents in the Abuse/Neglect system which will be available soon.
Legislation-Passed bills By Steve Baker Child Law, May 2008 The following are summaries of new legislation in Illinois affecting the practice of criminal law. As these are summaries only, the Public Act itself should be reviewed before reliance.
Major “Kiddie Tax” changes By Edward J. Fellin Federal Taxation, December 2007 The Small Business and Work Community Tax Act of 2007 extends the reach of “Kiddie Tax” that is imposed on the investment income of minor children.
Legislative update: Ten new Public Acts that affect general practice By J.A. Sebastian General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, November 2007 The following is a summary of recent legislative action of interest to members of the ISBA General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm Section.
Interviewing children, Part II By Kathryn Bischoff Child Law, September 2007 This article is part two of a two-part series begun last year containing practical tips for interviewing children.
Case law update By Catherine M. Ryan Child Law, March 2007 At the close of last year, the Illinois Supreme Court issued rulings on two issues related to constitutional matters.
Crisis nurseries in Illinois: Keeping families together By Catherine M. Ryan Child Law, March 2007 Illinois now is home to six crisis nurseries which protect children and support families in emergencies.
Case law in juvenile delinquency matters By Catherine M. Ryan Child Law, December 2006 During 2006, the Supreme Court and the Appellate Courts addressed issues related to youth who commit sex offenses.
Statute of Limitations for minors in legal malpractice clarified By Jamie L. Bas Young Lawyers Division, December 2006 Determining the appropriate statute of limitations is one of the first steps any lawyer does when evaluating a cause of action.
Illinois Supreme Court adopts parental notification of minor’s abortion rule By Richard L. Hutchison Human Rights, November 2006 The Illinois Supreme Court recently adopted Rule 303A. The Rule provides procedures for unemancipated minors to pursue if they are unwilling to give 48 hours parental notice of an abortion.
2006 Legislation Update: Juvenile Law (Abuse & Delinquency) By Steve Baker Child Law, September 2006 Summary: Amends the Probation and Probation Officers Act relating to the Redeploy Illinois Program. Provides that for any county or group of counties with a decrease of juvenile commitments of at least 25 percent, based on the average reductions of the prior three years, which are chosen to participate or continue as pilot sites, the Redeploy Illinois Oversight Board has the authority to reduce the required percentage of future commitments to achieve the purpose of the Program.
Leaving kids alone in cars: An amendment to the Illinois Child Endangerment statute is declared unconstitutional, but the underlying act can still be prosecuted without a statutory presumption By Mark E. Wojcik Child Law, June 2006 When Christopher Jordan parked his car in the parking lot at Truman College in Chicago, he did not know that his actions that day would lead to declaration that a state statute was unconstitutional.
Illinois efforts to address disproportionate minority contact with the juvenile justice system in Illinois By Lori G. Levin Child Law, March 2006 The accompanying article illustrates that minority youth constitute the majority of arrested and incarcerated juveniles in this state.
Child victims after Crawford v. Washington By Catherine M. Ryan and Nancy Hablutzel Child Law, October 2004 This issue of the newsletter presents three Illinois decisions that impact child victims as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Crawford v. Washington.
Supreme Court clarifies contempt for violating supervision in ordinance violation cases By Thomas A. Bruno Bench and Bar, October 2004 It is a misuse of the contempt power of the court to impose a sentence of incarceration on minor defendants who fail to meet the terms of their court supervision sentences in municipal ordinance violation cases.
Just when we were getting somewhere By Catherine M. Ryan Child Law, June 2004 Finally, states and local communities received funds to improve their juvenile justice systems.
Privileged communications under the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality Act and family law issues By Scott C. Colky Family Law, December 2003 Many attorneys, and more commonly child representatives, may not understand the implications in re-disclosing information they learn from a child’s therapist.
Children’s mental health: An urgent priority for Illinois Health Care Law, June 2003 In April of 2003, the Illinois Children's Mental Health Task Force released its final report, "Children's Mental Health: An Urgent Priority for Illinois." Below is the Executive Summary of this Report.
The Child Representative statute is unconstitutional By Scott C. Colky Family Law, December 2002 The members of the Special Subcommittee of the Illinois State Bar Association who wrote and lobbied for the "Child's Representative" statute were well-intentioned, hardworking attorneys and judges who cared deeply for children.
Defining habitual drunkenness By Susan O’Neal Johnson Child Law, October 2002 The decision in In Re J. J. helps define the evidence that can be considered in petitions seeking to terminate parental rights pursuant to allegations of habitual drunkenness or addiction to drugs, under 750 ILCS 50/1(D)(k).
Second District addresses the court’s failure to admonish By Kathryn Bischoff Child Law, October 2002 Two seemingly opposite opinions have recently been handed down by the Second District Appellate Court on the issue of disturbing a finding of unfitness based on the trial court's failure to admonish a parent to comply with the conditions of the DCFS service plan.
Child protection law update By Catherine M. Ryan Child Law, July 2002 In 1997, T.R. (16 months) swallowed several prescription antidepressant pills and became comatose.
Child protection law update By Catherine M. Ryan Child Law, January 2002 Mother and her attorney repeatedly told the court that R.S. was conceived by artificial insemination through an anonymous sperm donor.
Juvenile police officers—friend and foe By Terra Howard and Ruth Dan Child Law, June 2001 The 1999 revisions to the Juvenile Court Act brought numerous changes to the courts that deal with juvenile delinquents.
Building blocks for youth “special edition” on-line newsletter By Timijanel Boyd Odom Child Law, December 2000 The Building Blocks for Youth Initiative released Youth Crime/Adult Time: Is Justice Served?