CRONIN-SMITH, TROTTER AND SHAW.
Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
Amends the Children and Family Services Act. Provides that all
records concerning foster placement and foster parent identifying
information shall be confidential and shall not be disclosed except as
specifically authorized by this Act, a specific court order
accompanied by an order of protection, or upon written consent of the
foster parent or parents. Provides that it is a Class A misdemeanor to
permit, assist or encourage the unauthorized release of any
information contained in such records. Amends the State Records Act.
Provides that all records concerning foster placement and foster
parent identifying information shall not be considered records under
this Act and can only be released in accordance with the Children and
Family Services Act. Effective immediately.
SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 1.
Adds reference to:
705 ILCS 405/2-25 from Ch. 37, par. 802-25
Deletes all changes to the Children and Family Services Act and
inserts new changes. Provides that the Department of Children and
Family Services shall adopt rules to implement State policy to
protect the addresses and telephone numbers of foster parents from
disclosure and shall provide prior notice to foster parents of any
authorized disclosure. Amends the Juvenile Court Act of 1987.
Provides that in an order of protection issued by the court under this
Act, the court may order a person to refrain from contacting a minor
and the minor's foster parents in any manner not specified in the case
There may be an increase in judicial workloads; it is not pos-
sible to determine impact on the number of judges needed.
STATE MANDATES FISCAL NOTE (DCCA)
SB345 fails to create a State mandate.
CORRECTIONAL NOTE, S-AM 1
There will be no fiscal or prison population impact on DOC.
FISCAL NOTE, S-AM 1 (Dept. of Corrections)
SB 345, amended by S-am 1 will have no fiscal or prison popula-
tion impact on this Dept.
FISCAL NOTE, AMENDED (DCFS)
SB 345 would present no material impact to DCFS.
HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 2.
Adds reference to:
750 ILCS 50/1 from Ch. 40, par. 1501
750 ILCS 50/8 from Ch. 40, par. 1510
750 ILCS 50/12.1
Further amends the Children and Family Services Act. Provides
that grandparents or Godparents of a child placed in foster care may
be granted visitation upon a review of their backgrounds and approval
by the Department of Children and Family Services or the Juvenile
Court. Amends the Adoption Act concerning findings under the Juvenile
Court Act of 1987. Provides a presumption that a person is unfit to
have a child if within 12 months after an adjudication of neglect,
abuse, or dependency, a parent has failed to make reasonable efforts
to correct the conditions leading to the determination or the parent
continues to be an alcoholic or addict after treatment. Provides that
a person is unfit to have a child if a pattern of neglect, abuse, or
dependency of the child is shown by clear and convincing evidence that
may include 3 or more findings of neglect, abuse, or dependency of the
child's siblings who have been residing outside the parental home for
more than one year. Provides that consents and surrenders to adoption
shall not be required from a person who is found by the court to be
the father of the child as a result of criminal sexual abuse or
assault. Provides that the Putative Father Registry shall not be used
to notify a putative father whose fatherhood is due to criminal sexual
abuse or assault. Makes other changes.
HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 3.
Adds reference to:
20 ILCS 505/35.1 from Ch. 23, par. 5035.1
20 ILCS 515/30
325 ILCS 5/4.2 new
325 ILCS 5/7.7 from Ch. 23, par. 2057.7
325 ILCS 5/7.14 from Ch. 23, par. 2057.14
325 ILCS 5/7.15 from Ch. 23, par. 2057.15
325 ILCS 5/7.16 from Ch. 23, par. 2057.16
325 ILCS 5/9 from Ch. 23, par. 2059
325 ILCS 5/11 from Ch. 23, par. 2061
325 ILCS 5/11.1 from Ch. 23, par. 2061.1
Amends the Children and Family Services Act, the Abused and
Neglected Child Reporting Act, and the Child Death Review Team Act.
Provides that records and reports relating or pertaining to the death
of a minor in the care of or receiving services from the Department of
Children and Family Services and under the jurisdiction of the
juvenile court may be shared with the juvenile court, the State's
Attorney, and the minor's attorney. Amends the Abused and Neglected
Child Reporting Act. Provides that the Department of Children and
Family Services, upon the death of a child reported to the central
register of child abuse or under the custody and guardianship of the
Department, shall investigate and issue a report on the death, not
including identifying information, which report shall be available to
the public, and with child-specific requests for reports granted by
the Department based upon a best interests standard. Provides that
legally sealed unfounded reports shall be expunged 10 years after the
eighteenth birthday of the youngest child named in the report.
Provides for immunity from liability for disclosing information
concerning reports of child abuse in compliance with provisions
allowing for such disclosure. Provides that DCFS shall maintain in
the central register for 3 years a listing of unfounded reports
involving the death of a child, the sexual abuse of a child, or
serious physical injury to a child.
Last action on Bill: PUBLIC ACT.............................. 90-0015
Last action date: 97-06-13
Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE - 2 SENATE - 1
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