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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
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not approve a child's participation in appropriate
extracurricular activities based on
the caregiver's own
assessment using the reasonable and prudent
standard, without prior approval of the Department, the
caseworker, or the court.
(5) Nothing in this Section shall be presumed to
discourage or diminish the engagement of families and
guardians in the child's life activities.
(b) Definitions. As used in this Section:
"Appropriate activities" means activities or items that
accepted as suitable for children of the same
chronological age or
developmental level of maturity.
Appropriateness is based on the development
emotional, physical, and behavioral capacity that is
for an age or age group, taking into account the individual
child's cognitive, emotional, physical, and behavioral
"Caregiver" means a person with whom the child is placed
out-of-home care or a designated official for child care
licensed by the Department as
defined in the Child
Care Act of 1969.
"Reasonable and prudent parent standard" means the
characterized by careful and sensible parental
decisions that maintain
the child's health, safety, and best
interests while at the same time
supporting the child's
emotional and developmental growth that a
caregiver shall use
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when determining whether to allow a child in out-of-home care
to participate in extracurricular, enrichment, cultural, and
(c) Requirements for decision-making.
(1) Each child who comes into the care and custody of
is fully entitled to participate in
enrichment, cultural, and
social activities in a manner that allows that child to
participate in his or her community to the fullest extent
(2) Caregivers must use the reasonable and prudent
in determining whether to give permission
for a child in out-of-home
care to participate in
appropriate extracurricular, enrichment, cultural, and
Caregivers are expected to promote and
support a child's participation in such activities. When
using the reasonable and prudent parent standard, the
caregiver shall consider:
(A) the child's age, maturity, and developmental
level to promote the
overall health, safety, and best
interests of the child;
(B) the best interest of the child based on
information known by the
(C) the importance and fundamental value of
encouraging the child's emotional and
growth gained through participation in activities in
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his or her community;
(D) the importance and fundamental value of
providing the child with the most family-like
experience possible; and
(E) the behavioral history of the child and the
child's ability to safely
participate in the proposed
(3) A caregiver is not liable for harm
caused to a
child in out-of-home care who participates in an activity
the caregiver, provided that the caregiver has
acted as a reasonable
and prudent parent in permitting the
child to engage in the activity.
(d) Rulemaking. The Department shall adopt, by rule,
procedures no later than June 1, 2017 that promote and protect
of children to participate in appropriate
enrichment, cultural, and social activities.
(e) The Department shall 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.
(Source: P.A. 99-839, eff. 8-19-16.)
(20 ILCS 505/35.10)
Documents necessary for adult living.
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Department shall assist a youth in care in identifying and
obtaining documents necessary to function as an independent
adult prior to the closure of the youth's case to terminate
wardship as provided in Section 2-31 of the Juvenile Court Act
of 1987. These necessary documents shall include, but not be
limited to, any of the following:
(1) State identification card or driver's license.
(2) Social Security card.
(3) Medical records, including, but not limited to,
health passport, dental records, immunization records,
name and contact information for all current medical,
dental, and mental health providers, and a signed
certification that the Department provided the youth with
education on executing a healthcare power of attorney.
(4) Medicaid card or other health eligibility
(5) Certified copy of birth certificate.
(6) Any applicable religious documents.
(7) Voter registration card.
(8) Immigration, citizenship, or naturalization
documentation, if applicable.
(9) Death certificates of parents, if applicable.
(10) Life book or compilation of personal history and
(11) List of known relatives with relationships,
addresses, telephone numbers, and other contact
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information, with the permission of the involved relative.
(13) Educational records, including list of schools
attended, and transcript, high school diploma, or high
school equivalency certificate.
(14) List of placements while in care.
(15) List of community resources with referral
information, including the Midwest Adoption Center for
search and reunion services for former youth in care,
whether or not they were adopted, and the Illinois Chapter
of Foster Care Alumni of America.
(16) All documents necessary to complete a Free
Application for Federal Student Aid form, if applicable,
or an application for State financial aid.
If a court determines that a youth in care no longer requires
wardship of the court and orders the wardship terminated and
all proceedings under the Juvenile Court Act of 1987
respecting the youth in care finally closed and discharged,
the Department shall ensure that the youth in care receives a
copy of the court's order.
(Source: P.A. 100-680, eff. 1-1-19