Child Welfare

102-General Assembly

HB3100 - Requires Implicit Bias Training for all Mandated Reporters

HB 3100 requires mandated reporters under the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act

(“ANCRA”) to complete an initial implicit bias training within 3 months of their date of

engagement in a professional or official capacity, and to complete implicit training at least every

3 years thereafter.
 

HB3793- Sets Standard Guidelines for Termination of Parental Visitation by DCFS

HB3793 clarifies that when DCFS immediately restricts or terminates parent-child contact or sibling contacts, that it be based on credible evidence that the continuation of family contact would result in an immediate threat to the child’s health, safety, and welfare and such restrictions should only occur on an individual case-by-case basis.
 

HR88- Urges State Policy to Restrict and reduce the use of Restraint and Seclusion with Children

HR 88 urges policy decisions of state agencies and the Illinois General Assembly to align with the goal of preventing, reducing, and ultimately eliminating, the use of restraint and seclusion with children and adolescents.

Numerous sources document the harmful physical outcomes associated with manual restraint, including dehydration, choking, loss of strength or mobility, incontinence, and injuries, including bruises, rug burns, broken bones, and cardiopulmonary complications, or death.
 

HB5525 - Creates the Commission on Children of Incarcerated Parents

Amends the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963. Creates the Commission on Children of Incarcerated Parents, within the Department of Human Services, which shall reflect the diversity of the State of Illinois, including geographic, racial, ethnic, and diversity of life experience. Provides that the Commission shall be responsible for implementing and coordinating the recommendations of the Task Force on Children of Incarcerated Parents. 
 

SB106 - Requires DCFS make their annual report available online 

SB 106 amends the Children and Family Services Act. This bill requires DCFS to post their annual report on their website and adds three groups of children to their annual reporting requirements. 

SB1833- Creates a New Initiative under DCEO for State Designated Cultural Districts

Creates a state-designated cultural districts designation and requires the Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity to establish criteria and guidelines for areas to be designated as state-designated cultural districts.  The bill has no stated effective date.

101-General Assembly

HB2649 - Creates the Task Force on Children of Incarcerated Parents

HB2649 created the Task Force on Children of Incarcerated Parents. The purpose of this task force was to  develop policy recommendations to reform our justice system to better address the needs of children and families impacted by parental incarceration.

 

HB2723 - Provides additional support to the Task force on Strengthening the Child Welfare Workforce for Children and families.

 HB 2723 amends the Strengthening the Child Welfare Workforce for Children and Families Act by giving The Department of Children and Family Services administrative oversight and mandates that the department will provide additional support to the Task Force on Strengthening the Child Welfare Workforce for Children and Families. This legislation extends the dates for submitting preliminary reports to the General Assembly and Governor and extends the repeal date of the act and dissolution of the task force.

 

HB3711 - Requires Baby Changing Stations in Public Restrooms

HB3711 provides that, in addition to any existing local, State, or federal law, all (male, female, and gender neutral) restrooms that are open to the public in a public building shall be equipped with baby changing facilities that are safe, sanitary, and usable.

HB 3711 defines a public building as:

A place of public accommodation as defined in the Equitable Restroom Act;

A State building open to the public; or

A retail store or restaurant that serves 50 or more customers per day on average.