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DCFS Must Refer Alleged Child Abuse to Appropriate Agency Under New Bill
Posted on: 5/9/2019

arrestISMS-backed Senate Bill 1239 would amend the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act (ANCRA). This change would require the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to refer any report received regarding the alleged abuse or neglect of a child by certain individuals to the appropriate local law enforcement agency for consideration of criminal investigation or other action.

The individuals on the list below are already covered under ANCRA. Senate Bill 1239 would close the gap, requiring DCFS to refer alleged abuse or neglect to law enforcement by those who are not on this list.

  • The child's parent
  • A member of the child's immediate family
  • A person responsible for the child's welfare
  • An individual residing in the same home as the child
  • A paramour of the child's parent

DCFS currently does not investigate reports of alleged child abuse or neglect that fall outside of the department's purview, such as abuse by an uncle or neighbor.

The changes proposed by this bill do not expand the current mandate upon physicians to report alleged child abuse and neglect.

The bill previously cleared the Illinois Senate 50-0 and is currently on the House Floor for consideration.

If you have any questions, please contact ISMS Vice President of Legislative Affairs Erin O'Brien at 312-580-6488.

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