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Illinois

Illinois May Let Child Abuse Investigators Carry Pepper Spray

2/28/2022

Illinois Bill Would Establish Exit Interviews for Youth Who Leave Foster Homes

Illinois lawmakers are considering a bill that would set up exit interviews for youth after they leave a foster home.

Illinois Foster Care Numbers Climb During Pandemic, Bucking National Trend

2/14/2022

Illinois Foster Care Numbers Climb During Pandemic, Bucking National Trend

According to federal data, the number of children in foster care dropped in 2020 nationwide and in almost every state. Illinois was an exception.

Mississippi Senate to Vote on College Scholarship Bill for Foster Youth

1/11/2022

Chapin Hall Study Finds Lack of Support for Foster Youth in Community College

A new study of young people who have been in foster care and are enrolled at community colleges in Illinois paints a dismal picture of their educational success.

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Cook County Acting Director of Juvenile Probation Brings Experience to Work

10/25/2021

Cook County Acting Director of Juvenile Probation Brings Experience and Compassion to Work

Miquel Lewis has been named acting director of juvenile probation in the nation's second most populated county, Cook County, Illinois.

Illinois Kids Languish in Psychiatric Facilities Due to Lack of Suitable Placements

10/4/2021

Illinois Kids Languish in Psychiatric Facilities Due to Lack of Suitable Placements

For years, foster children in Illinois have had to stay in psychiatric treatment facilities longer than necessary because there are no suitable placements for them.

Child Welfare Investigator Fatally Stabbed in Illinois Home Visit

8/25/2021

Illinois Governor Signs Juvenile Justice Bill Banning Isolation

Illinois youth in juvenile facilities may no longer be thrown into isolation or room confinement as a punishment for their behavior.

Plaintiffs and lawmakers want the Biden administration to immediately return to an Obama-era policy of collecting voluntary data on foster youth, including sexual orientation and gender identity.

7/7/2021

Illinois Enhancing Support for LGBTQ Youth

Illinois will beef up services and existing mandatory training for staff members, partner organizations and foster care providers to improve how LGBTQ people are treated within the child welfare system.

6/10/2021

Illinois on Cusp of Bias Training Requirement for Mandated Child Welfare Reporters

Illinois teachers and others who look after children in a nonparental role may soon have to be taught how to recognize and eliminate their own racial and ethnic biases as mandated reporters of potential child abuse and neglect.

2/16/2021

Audit Spots Big Problems With Protecting Rights of LGBTQ Youth in Illinois’ Care

Four years after the Illinois formally committed to honoring the rights of LGBTQ youth in its care, an audit released this month found little evidence that it lived up to its initial promises.