Bill Text: IL HB3950 | 2015-2016 | 99th General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Amends the Children and Family Services Act. Provides that the Department of Children and Family Services shall establish and administer a program aimed at placing foster children with a permanent foster parent or foster family as an alternative to group home or institutional care. Provides that, to achieve this purpose, the Department shall purchase and rehabilitate single-family homes that are subject to a foreclosure sale and place no more than 3 foster children in each rehabilitated home with an individual or family that is eligible to foster a child in the custody of the Department. Provides that an eligible individual or family assigned to foster a child or children in a home purchased and rehabilitated under the program shall reside at the home for the duration of the Department's custody over any foster child placed in the home or until the individual or family is no longer eligible to foster a child in the custody of the Department. Requires the Department to apply for any applicable federal funds or grants to assist in implementing the program; and to adopt any rules necessary to implement the program, including rules on recruiting individuals or families to participate in the program and rules concerning a stipend payable to foster parents or foster families participating in the program which shall be used to cover any costs not covered by the Department in connection with the basic maintenance and upkeep of the home.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2015-03-27 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee [HB3950 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2015-HB3950-Introduced.html


99TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2015 and 2016
HB3950

Introduced , by Rep. Monique D. Davis

SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
20 ILCS 505/17a-16 new

Amends the Children and Family Services Act. Provides that the Department of Children and Family Services shall establish and administer a program aimed at placing foster children with a permanent foster parent or foster family as an alternative to group home or institutional care. Provides that, to achieve this purpose, the Department shall purchase and rehabilitate single-family homes that are subject to a foreclosure sale and place no more than 3 foster children in each rehabilitated home with an individual or family that is eligible to foster a child in the custody of the Department. Provides that an eligible individual or family assigned to foster a child or children in a home purchased and rehabilitated under the program shall reside at the home for the duration of the Department's custody over any foster child placed in the home or until the individual or family is no longer eligible to foster a child in the custody of the Department. Requires the Department to apply for any applicable federal funds or grants to assist in implementing the program; and to adopt any rules necessary to implement the program, including rules on recruiting individuals or families to participate in the program and rules concerning a stipend payable to foster parents or foster families participating in the program which shall be used to cover any costs not covered by the Department in connection with the basic maintenance and upkeep of the home.
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FISCAL NOTE ACT MAY APPLY

A BILL FOR

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1 AN ACT concerning State government.
2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4 Section 5. The Children and Family Services Act is amended
5by adding Section 17a-16 as follows:
6 (20 ILCS 505/17a-16 new)
7 Sec. 17a-16. Homes for foster children.
8 (a) As used in this Section:
9 "Rehabilitate" means the process of improving the
10property, including, but not limited to, bringing the property
11into compliance with applicable fire, housing, and building
12codes.
13 (b) The Department shall establish and administer a program
14aimed at placing foster children with a permanent foster parent
15or foster family as an alternative to group home or
16institutional care. To achieve this purpose, the Department
17shall purchase and rehabilitate single-family homes that are
18subject to a foreclosure sale and place no more than 3 foster
19children in each rehabilitated home with an individual or
20family that is eligible to foster a child in the custody of the
21Department. An eligible individual or family assigned to foster
22a child or children in a home purchased and rehabilitated under
23the program shall reside at the home for the duration of the

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1Department's custody over any foster child placed in the home
2or until the individual or family is no longer eligible to
3foster a child in the custody of the Department. The Department
4shall apply for any applicable federal funds or grants to
5assist in implementing the program. The Department shall adopt
6any rules necessary to implement the program, including rules
7on recruiting eligible individuals or families to participate
8in the program and rules concerning a stipend payable to foster
9parents or foster families participating in the program which
10shall be used to cover any costs not covered by the Department
11in connection with the basic maintenance and upkeep of the
12home.
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