102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2021 and 2022
Introduced 1/29/2021, by Sen. Robert Peters
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
20 ILCS 505/7.3a
20 ILCS 505/35.10
Amends the Children and Family Services Act. Requires the Department
of Children and Family Services to ensure that every youth in care who is
entering his or her final year of high school has completed a Free
Application for Federal Student Aid form, if applicable, or an application
for State financial aid on or after October 1, but no later than November
1, of the youth's final year of high school. Requires the Department to
assist a youth in care in identifying and obtaining all documents
necessary to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid form, if
applicable, or an application for State financial aid.
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AN ACT concerning children.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
The Children and Family Services Act is amended
by changing Sections 7.3a and 35.10 as follows:
(20 ILCS 505/7.3a)
Normalcy parenting for children in foster care;
participation in childhood activities.
(a) Legislative findings.
(1) Every day parents make important decisions about
participation in extracurricular activities.
Caregivers for children in out-of-home
care are faced with
making the same decisions.
(2) When a caregiver makes decisions, he or she must
consider applicable laws, rules, and regulations to
safeguard the health, safety, and best interests of a
child in out-of-home care.
(3) Participation in extracurricular activities is
important to a child's
well-being, not only emotionally,
but also in developing valuable life skills.
(4) The General Assembly recognizes the importance of
making every effort to normalize
the lives of children in
out-of-home care and to empower a caregiver
to approve or