Martinez and Collins Streamline Child Abuse and Neglect Investigations 

Springfield IL- Today, State Senator Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) and State Senator Jacqueline Collins (D - Chicago) passed legislation to streamline investigations in cases of child abuse and neglect in the Illinois Senate.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 15, 2011 

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Senate Bill 106 allows counselors, doctors, and other medical professionals to provide information to the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) during ongoing abuse or neglect cases without reasonable suspicion. The legislation also requires DCFS to provide the informant with a letter confirming the information was used in the course of a child abuse or neglect investigation.

“We must protect our children because they are all we have for our future. This legislation will provide DCFS with the necessary information to accurately investigate cases of child abuse and neglect. With April being observed as National Child Abuse Month, this legislation supplements efforts to provide the best possible treatment and services to neglected and abused children,” Martinez said.

According to DCFS, it is difficult for the State’s Attorney to gather evidence in abuse or neglect proceedings that involve professionals who are not required to report during an investigation.

“This legislation will provide DCFS with vital evidence to do what is in the child’s best interest,” Senator Collins said. “Senate Bill 106 will help investigators get comprehensive view of different aspects in child abuse cases and these updates to the process will better protect Illinois families.”

SB 106 will now go before the House for further debate.

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