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90_HB2035 20 ILCS 1305/Art. 15 heading new 20 ILCS 1305/15-5 new 20 ILCS 1305/15-10 new 20 ILCS 1305/15-95 new Amends the Department of Human Services Act. Creates a Task Force on Responsible Fatherhood within the Department. Provides that the task force shall compile information on the extent and implications of the absence of responsible fathers from families and perform other functions. Repeals the provisions concerning the task force on July 1, 1999. LRB9004406DJbd LRB9004406DJbd 1 AN ACT to amend the Department of Human Services Act by 2 adding Article 15. 3 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 4 represented in the General Assembly: 5 Section 5. The Department of Human Services Act is 6 amended by adding Article 15 as follows: 7 (20 ILCS 1305/Art. 15 heading new) 8 ARTICLE 15. TASK FORCE ON RESPONSIBLE FATHERHOOD 9 (20 ILCS 1305/15-5 new) 10 Sec. 15-5. Task Force on Responsible Fatherhood created. 11 (a) The Task Force on Responsible Fatherhood is created 12 within the Department of Human Services. The task force 13 shall consist of not more than 25 members, as provided in 14 this Section. The following or their designees shall serve 15 as ex officio members: the Secretary of Human Services, who 16 shall serve as chairperson of the task force; the Directors 17 of Public Health, Public Aid, and Children and Family 18 Services; the heads of any other State agencies as determined 19 by the Governor; the Attorney General; and the Chief Justice 20 of the Illinois Supreme Court. The Secretary of Human 21 Services shall appoint members of the general public as 22 members of the task force. The President of the Senate, 23 the Minority Leader of the Senate, the Speaker of the House 24 of Representatives, and the Minority Leader of the House of 25 Representatives shall each appoint 2 members of the task 26 force. The Governor may remove any member of the task force 27 for cause. 28 (b) The members of the task force shall serve without 29 compensation but shall be reimbursed for their reasonable -2- LRB9004406DJbd 1 expenses actually incurred in performing their duties. 2 (c) The Department of Human Services shall provide staff 3 and technical assistance needed by the task force in order to 4 perform its functions. 5 (d) The task force shall hold its first meeting within 6 30 days after the members are appointed. 7 (e) The task force may apply for grants and accept 8 donations for the purpose of funding its activities under 9 this Article. 10 (20 ILCS 1305/15-10 new) 11 Sec. 15-10. Task force; purpose and functions. 12 (a) The purpose of the Task Force on Responsible 13 Fatherhood is to raise awareness of the problems created when 14 a child grows up without the presence of a responsible 15 father, to identify obstacles that impede or prevent the 16 involvement of responsible fathers in the lives of their 17 children, and to identify strategies that are successful in 18 encouraging responsible fatherhood. 19 (b) The following principles shall guide the work of the 20 task force: 21 (1) The historically low expectations held about 22 fathers must change in all areas of society, and 23 responsible fathers must be encouraged to be full 24 partners in parenting their children. 25 (2) Networks of peer support for fathers are an 26 essential part of any successful strategy to connect or 27 reconnect responsible fathers to their children. 28 (3) Women have a crucial role in promoting and 29 supporting the involvement of responsible fathers in the 30 lives of their children, and that role must not be 31 overlooked or diminished. 32 (4) Family violence must not be tolerated. 33 (5) Special attention should be focused on -3- LRB9004406DJbd 1 interventions aimed at males and females prior to 2 parenthood. 3 (6) The areas where responsible fathering appear to 4 break down should be addressed. Those areas include, but 5 are not limited to, fathers who are absent from the home 6 and voluntarily do not participate in their children's 7 lives, fathers who have been involuntarily obstructed 8 from participating in the lives of their children, and 9 fathers who are present in the home but are disengaged 10 from their children's lives. 11 (c) In order to carry out its purpose, and subject to 12 the availability of resources, the task force shall do the 13 following: 14 (1) Compile available information on the extent and 15 implications of the absence of responsible fathers from 16 families. 17 (2) Identify barriers in both the public and the 18 private sectors to responsible fatherhood and make 19 recommendations that pursue the elimination of those 20 barriers. 21 (3) Identify successful strategies that encourage 22 responsible fatherhood and recommend and promote those 23 that should be recognized, expanded, or replicated. 24 (4) Identify how existing State and community 25 resources can be used to encourage responsible 26 fatherhood. 27 (5) Identify strategies to use to meet the needs of 28 children and families when a responsible father is not 29 available for a family. 30 (6) Work in cooperation with local community-based 31 prenatal and infant health care coalitions to advise 32 these coalitions on their implementation of plans to 33 increase the participation of responsible fathers in 34 families. -4- LRB9004406DJbd 1 (7) Sponsor a statewide symposium on the issue of 2 responsible fatherhood no later than the summer of 1998. 3 (8) Present a report to the Governor, the General 4 Assembly, the Attorney General, and the Chief Justice of 5 the Supreme Court no later than December 31, 1998. 6 (20 ILCS 1305/15-95 new) 7 Sec. 15-95. Repeal. This Article 15 is repealed on July 8 1, 1999.
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