CASA—Volunteers and training
As CASA in Illinois continues to grow to meet the needs of abused and neglected children, more volunteers as well as more professionals willing to share their talents to train volunteers are needed. To learn more about CASA in Illinois, please visit www.illinoiscasa.org.
Case law updates
Recent cases of interest to child law practitioners.
A message from Section Chair Catherine Ryan.
How old is too old?
A recent internal split between sister Divisions of the First District of the Illinois Appellate Court has spawned debate on the issues of when and why adults can be tried in juvenile court for crimes committed as minors.
An introduction to K.C.
A short primer on the steps a practitioner can take to move the court to have an agency removed.
Juvenile sex offender registration: A trend towards rehabilitation
While the right to a termination hearing reflects a rehabilitative approach, the court has remained reluctant to label juvenile offenders as posing no risk to society and has rejected termination of registration in cases that have provided ample evidence that a juvenile has been rehabilitated.
Senate Bill 13 was signed into law by the Governor. Senate Bill 13 does the following:
Movement to raise the age of juvenile court to 21
A new report, introduced by U.S. Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason, the report, Community-Based Responses to Justice Involved Young Adults, recommends raising the age of juvenile court to 21.
The need for pro bono and how you can help
In 2003, low-income Illinoisans attempted to resolve approximately 875,000 legal problems on their own. Given the challenging economic times and the significant cuts in federal and state funding to legal aid since 2003, there is little doubt that these problems have been exacerbated rather than reduced.
Save the date—April 1, 2016
The ISBA Child Law Section Law Council is partnering with Illinois CASA in presenting the 2016 Illinois CASA State Conference
When can parents leave their children alone?
The current law and policy on the question of what constitutes “inadequate supervision” is, quite frankly, a mess. In Illinois, there are at least four different legal standards at play in Illinois’ intersecting criminal, juvenile court and governing child welfare reporting and investigations law.