92nd General Assembly
Summary of HB0638
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DCFS-DISCRIMINATORY PLACEMENTS                                             

Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
        Amends  the  Children  and  Family  Services  Act.  Requires  the      
   Department to  create  an  advocacy  office  to  receive  and  resolve      
   complaints  about a child's services.  Provides that when a child must      
   be placed outside his or her home and cannot be  returned  immediately      
   to  parents  or  guardian,  an assessment of the child's special needs      
   must  be  conducted  and  race,  color,  or  national  origin  may  be      
   considered in  the  placement  only  if  that  has  been  assessed  as      
   advancing  the  child's  best  interests.  Makes the state-wide foster      
   parent phone number available to any person wishing to report problems      
   concerning a child's welfare services. Effective immediately.               
          FISCAL NOTE (Department of Children and Family Services)             
          The Deparment has already established an Advocacy Office for         
          children and families to receive and respond to complaints with      
          a statewide toll-free telephone number. Codification of that         
          office would not result in additional costs to the Department.       
          Most of the policies and procedures which would result from          
          codification already exist. The requirement that, in the re-         
          latively rare special instances where the best interests of the      
          child require it, the child's race, color or national origin         
          be considered conforms to federal law and will neither cause         
          a fiscal impact to the Department to implement nor cause the         
          federal government to impose financial penalties. The pro-           
          vision expanding the use of the foster parent statewide              
          toll-free telephone number would have minimal impact, as that        
          number is available to all persons now and calls alleging pro-       
          blems with child welfare services are accepted.                      
Last action on Bill: PUBLIC ACT.............................. 92-0334

   Last action date: AUG-10-2001

           Location: House

 Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE -   0     SENATE -   0


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