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1    AN ACT concerning State government.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Children and Family Services Act is amended
5by adding Section 5.46 as follows:
6    (20 ILCS 505/5.46 new)
7    Sec. 5.46. Extended Family Support Pilot Program.
8Beginning January 1, 2023, the Department shall implement a
93-year pilot program of additional resources for families
10receiving Extended Family Support Program services from the
11Department for the purpose of supporting relative caregivers.
12These resources may include, but are not limited to: (i)
13wraparound case management services, (ii) home visiting
14services for caregivers with children under the age of 5, and
15(iii) parent mentors for caregivers with children over the age
16of 3.
17    The resources provided by the pilot program are voluntary
18and refusing such resources shall not be used as evidence of
19neglect of a child.
20    The Department shall arrange for an independent evaluation
21of the pilot program to determine whether the pilot program is
22successfully supporting families receiving Extended Family
23Support Program services and preventing entrance into the



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1foster care system. This evaluation will support determining
2whether there is a long-term cost benefit to continuing the
3pilot program.
4    At the end of the 3-year pilot program, the Department
5shall submit a report to the General Assembly with its
6findings of the evaluation. The report shall state whether the
7Department intends to continue the pilot program and the
8rationale for its decision.
9    The Department may adopt rules and procedures to implement
10and administer this Section.
11    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
12becoming law.