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Articles on Child Protection

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.

CANTS check for child-care providers

November
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 624
On September 1, 2000, the Illinois Department of Human Services (department) adopted new amendments to section 50 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 89 Ill Adm Code 50.

Appeal of child abuse and neglect investigation

September
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 500
On June 1, 2000, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (department) adopted new sections and amendments to section 336 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 89 Ill Adm Code 336.

Day Care Information Line

September
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 500
On July 1, 2000, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (department) adopted amendments to section 378 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 89 Ill Adm Code 378.

Drug abusers may lose children; P.A. 91-802

August
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 438
Beginning next year, more unfit parents may begin losing custody of their children.

Foster family licensing standards

June
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 310
On March 27, 2000, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services adopted emergency amendments to sections 301 and 402 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 89 Ill Adm Code 301, 402.

When determining the fitness of a parent, the court can only consider evidence of actions occurring within 12 months from the date in which the court finds the abused, or a dependent

May
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 252
On March 23, 2000, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the appellate court's finding that D.L.'s mother was unfit pursuant to section 2-29 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 (705 ILCS 405/2-29).

When a plaintiff suffers sexual abuse as a child and does not repress those memories of abuse, the statute of limitations for the plaintiff’s claim commences two years after the plaintiff reaches the age of majority

March
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 128
The plaintiff filed suit on January 10, 1996, alleging that the defendant sexually molested her on numerous occasions when she was a child.

A Letter to Our Children

By Cheryl Niro
January
2000
Column
Page 8
Around this time I set goals for the new year.

Reports of child abuse and neglect

January
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
On November 15, 1999, the Department of Children and Family Services adopted amendments to section 300 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 89 Ill Adm Code 300

Modification of state’s placement of children and subsequent visitation rights

December
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 636
On October 20, 1999, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services adopted amendments to section 301 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 89 Ill Adm Code 301.

Definition of “child” expanded with regard to child pornography law; P.A. 91-229

November
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 575
Public Act 91-229 expands the definition of ``child'' with regard to the offense of child pornography to include any material that conveys the impression that the [material] is of a person under the age of 18.

Offense of indecent solicitation of a child is redefined ; P.A. 91-226

November
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 575
Public Act 91-226 redefines the offense of indecent solicitation of a child to apply to additional incidents, including more Internet-related incidents.

Domestic battery offender liable for child counseling ; P.A. 91-262

October
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 521
Public Act 91-262 makes a domestic battery offender ``liable for the cost of any counseling required'' for a child under 18 years of age who ``was present and witnessed the domestic battery.''

Reducing lead-based paint in Illinois

October
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 521
On July 12, 1999, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs adopted amendments and a new sub-section to section 110 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 47 Ill Adm Code 110.

Day-Care Information Line

July
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 351
On May 10, 1999, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services added several new subsections to section 378 of the Illinois Administrative Code governing the day-care information line. 89 Ill Adm Code 378.

Increased Confidentiality in Child Abuse and Neglect Investigations

March
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 130
On January 15, 1999 the Department of Children and Family Services adopted amendments and added a new subsection to section 431. 89 Ill Adm Code 431.

Child-Care Provider Sanctions; Genital Mutilation — PA 90-684

February
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 73
Public Act 90-684 allows that any child care provider receiving funds from child care assistance programs under the Illinois Public Aid Code will, as a condition of eligibility to participate in the child care assistance program under this Code.

Day-Care Licensing Records — PA 90-670

February
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 73
Public Act 90-670 amends the Freedom of Information Act to allow the public access to records including complaints, results of complaints, and Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) staff findings of licensing violations at day care facilities.

Changes in Individual Care Grants for Mentally Ill Children

December
1998
Illinois Law Update
Page 662
On September 17, 1998, the Department of Human Services adopted emergency amendments to various parts of section 135 of its administrative rules concerning individual care grants for children with mental illnesses. 59 Ill Adm Code 135.

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