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(325 ILCS 58/10)
Duty to report.
Any child or person in the care of the Department who is placed in a residential facility under contract with the Department pursuant to the Children and Family Services Act shall be reported as missing to the local law enforcement agency within whose jurisdiction the facility is located, if:
(1) there is no contact between an employee of the
residential facility and the child or person within a period of 12 hours; and
(2) the child or person is absent from the
residential facility without prior approval.
The operator of the residential facility shall inform the child's or person's caseworker that the child or person has been reported as missing to the appropriate local law enforcement agency. The operator of the residential facility shall also report the child or person as missing to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and shall make a subsequent telephone notification to the sheriff of the county in which the residential facility is located.
The operator of the residential facility making the missing person report to the local law enforcement agency within whose jurisdiction the facility is located shall report that the missing person is a youth in care as defined in Section 4d of the Children and Family Services Act and shall inform the law enforcement agency taking the report to include the following statement within the missing persons report, in the field of the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System (LEADS) known as "Miscellaneous":
"This individual is a youth in the care of the
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and, regardless of age, shall be released only to the custody of DCFS. Contact the 24-hour hotline: 866.503.0184."
(Source: P.A. 99-351, eff. 1-1-16; 100-159, eff. 8-18-17.)