Subject Index Department of Children and Family Services

Youth and community services program establishes temporary emergency placements and shelters for youths in crisis

January
2024
Illinois Law Update
, Page 16
The Illinois General Assembly amended the Children and Family Services Act. The youth and community service program must establish temporary emergency placements for youths in crisis.

Pilot program implemented promoting unbiased decision-making for removal of children

December
2022
Illinois Law Update
, Page 12
The Illinois General Assembly adopted the Bias-Free Child Removal Pilot Program Act. The Act promotes unbiased decision-making in the child removal process by seeking to decrease the overrepresentation of Black, indigenous, and people of color children in out-of-home placements.

Host home is a new type of foster family home

November
2022
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
The Illinois General Assembly amended the Child Care Act of 1969, adding “host homes” as a type of foster family home and requirements for the Department of Children and Family Services to manage their licensure.

Illinois Department of Children and Family Services staff members may carry pepper spray when investigating abuse and neglect cases

October
2022
Illinois Law Update
, Page 16
This Act amends The Children and Family Services Act by allowing front-line staff members to carry a personal spray device containing nonlethal Oleoresin Capsicum for self-defense when investigating child abuse or neglect cases.

Three-year pilot program extends resources supporting relative caregivers

September
2022
Illinois Law Update
, Page 16
This Act amends the Children and Family Services Act. The amendment implements a three-year pilot program of additional resources for families receiving Extended Family Support Program services to support relative caregivers.

Dismissal of tenured school guidance counselor improper

August
2022
Illinois Law Update
, Page 16
On May 20, the Third District of the Illinois Appellate Court reversed a school board’s dismissal of a tenured guidance counselor.

Compelling in-person supervised visits due to COVID-19 pandemic not moot issue even if such visits were later allowed

April
2022
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
On Jan. 28, 2022, the First District of the Illinois Appellate Court held that mothers’ complaint compelling in-person supervised visits with their children was not moot even when in-person supervised visits were later allowed during appeal.

Request for postadoption contact must be disclosed to prospective adoptive parents

January
2020
Illinois Law Update
, Page 16
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services adopted amendments that require a birth parent or parents who desire postadoption contact to disclose such a request to prospective adoptive parents.

DCFS adopts the reasonable and prudent parent standard

February
2019
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
The Department of Children and Family Services adopted amendments to Licensing Standards for Foster Family Homes (89 Ill. Adm. Code 402), Licensing Standards for Group Homes (89 Ill. Adm. Code 403), and Licensing Standards for Children Care Institutions and Maternity Centers (89 Ill. Adm. Code 404), all effective Oct. 31, 2018.

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