Illinois has adopted a Balanced and Restorative Justice Approach [BARJ] to address juvenile delinquency. The newsletter will highlight efforts to implement this approach in Illinois.
Case law update
The court found that section 1 (D)(q) of the Adoption Act, the conviction of attempted murder of a child is identified as a grounds for parental unfitness, violates neither the due process nor equal protection clauses of the constitution because evidence of the respondent subsequent rehabilitation can be presented at best interests hearings.
Child victims after Crawford v. Washington
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.
From the Chair
Our symposium in October on Sex Offenders was a great success. The facilities at Northwestern University School of Law were outstanding and approximately 144 attended.
From the Chair
This year promises to be an excit- ing one in juvenile justice. I am honored to be chair for 2004- 2005.
Lawsuits around the county
A former high school student accused a coach of sexual abuse. The board of education concluded that the student was lying and did not report the allegation pursuant to the state child abuse reporting statute.
Legislation on the move
At the time this newsletter was in publication, the following juvenile justice bills were scheduled for committee hearings, or were already on 2d or 3d reading.
Subsidized guardianship: A third ground for permanent placement
May a trial court enter a permanency goal of subsidized guardianship and close the juvenile court case, thereby continuing the guardianship indefinitely and preventing further work of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services toward reunification with the parents?