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Wallace Bill to Expand Foster Children’s Bill of Rights Passes House

03/17/2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Recognizing the need to improve the foster care process and better protect the children of Illinois, state Rep. Litesa Wallace, D-Rockford, introduced and passed an expansion of her Foster Children’s Bill of Rights Thursday that focuses on home placement.

“Children who are placed in foster care deserve proper care from a loving, resourceful home,” Wallace said. “Our state has a responsibility to our children to do better with placement and improving the condition of their lives. There have been too many tragic stories of children going from home to home and having an unstable childhood due to the lack of attention we have put into this process.”

Wallace’s House Bill 3542 requires children who are in the care of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to be placed in the least restrictive and family like setting that is available. In addition, the bill urges that children be placed within close proximity to his or her parent's home if the placement is consistent with the child’s health, safety and special needs.

Wallace’s bill is in response to a recent report that indicated that children under DCFS care were routinely being kept in emergency shelters or psychiatrically hospitalized beyond necessity. House Bill 3542 passed with bipartisan support, and now heads to the senate for consideration.

“My hope is to eliminate the narrative that the foster care system in our state is broken,” Wallace said. “We can help do that by improving the placement process and providing additional stability for the children under our care.”

For more information, please contact Wallace’s constituent service office at 815-987-7433 or at litesa@staterepwallace.com.


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