Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Child Care Act of 1969. Provides that DCFS must take certain steps to keep track of its wards who have been placed in foster care by private child welfare agencies. Provides that if a child who is a ward of the Department is placed or transferred by a private child welfare agency, the Department must verify that the child resides at the site of the initial or transferred placement. Requires private child welfare agencies to ascertain whether other children have been placed in a foster family home. Requires private child welfare agencies to make periodic visits to placement sites; provides for suspension of payments to an agency if the agency fails to make the required visits. Provides for revocation of the license of a foster parent or private child welfare agency if the foster parent or agency fails to promptly report a missing child. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 1 Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Child Care Act of 1969 with provisions similar to those of the bill as introduced, but with changes that include the following: (1) removes provisions requiring DCFS to verify a child's placement; (2) if a foster parent or private child welfare agency fails to report a missing child, requires DCFS to put the foster home or agency on hold for the placement of other children and initiate corrective action that may include revocation of the foster parent's or agency's license (instead of requiring revocation of the license); (3) provides that a foster parent who knowingly and willfully fails to report a missing foster child is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor; and (4) provides that when a child is missing from a foster home, DCFS must report regularly to the foster parent concerning efforts to locate the missing child. Effective immediately.