HAWKINSON, DILLARD AND PARKER.
Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
Amends the Children and Family Services Act. Provides that in
placing a child under the Act, DCFS shall consider the desirability of
permanent placement for the child, and there is a presumption that the
child's best interests are for permanent placement rather than
temporary placements. In the Section on limiting multiple placements,
provides that in determining a child's best interests, DCFS shall give
due, not sole, consideration to the child's race or ethnic heritage in
making a family foster care placement. Amends the Adoption Act;
provides that in determining a child's best interest, the court and
the child's guardian with the power to consent to adoption shall not
give the child's race or ethnic heritage priority over other relevant
factors. Effective immediately.
SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 1.
Provides that DCFS shall not deny or delay placement of a child
on the basis of the race or ethnic heritage of the child or the
prospective foster parent or parents.
HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1.
Adds reference to:
20 ILCS 505/5 from Ch. 23, par. 5005
20 ILCS 505/7.5 new
Further amends the Children and Family Services Act. Provides
that DCFS shall (now may) make every effort to place a child with a
relative who the Department has reason to believe will be able to
adequately provide for the child's safety and welfare consistent with
the Department's licensing standards (now if the Department has reason
to believe that the relative will be able to adequately provide for
the child's safety and welfare). Provides that the burden shall be on
the Department to justify the child's placement elsewhere. Requires
licensed child welfare agencies to develop plans for the creation of
adequate pools of foster and adoptive families and plans for training
those families. Requires State reimbursement of adoption service
providers at various rates based upon type of placement. Requires
DCFS to establish an Illinois Adoption Information Exchange. Requires
DCFS to establish an automated Child Foster Care and Adoption Network
by January 1, 1998 that lists available foster home living
arrangements and adoptive parents. Contains other provisions.
GOVERNORS AMENDATORY VETO MESSAGE
Recommends that in placing a child under the Children and Family
Services Act, DCFS may (rather than "shall make every effort to")
place a child with a relative.
Last action on Bill: BILL DEAD-AMENDATORY VETO
Last action date: 97-11-15
Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE - 1 SENATE - 1
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