Public Act 102-1029 Pilot Program Additional Resources for families in Extended Family Support Program
Expands the resources available to families caring for their relative children through DCFS’ Extended Family Support Program to ensure they don’t enter foster care. The resources include home visiting, parent mentors, and wrap-around case management services. We’re excited about this pilot program as it is directly related to our Blueprint for Impact and provides opportunity for the state to invest more in prevention-focused programs to keep children from entering foster care.
Public Act 100-0818 Youth Budget Commission and Fiscal Scan
This bill created a yearly fiscal scan of public funding to services to youth ages eight to 25 and established the Youth Budget Commission to oversee the development of the fiscal scan and to make policy and program recommendations to the General Assembly.
Public Act 100-0860 Child Care Assistance for Intact Families
This bill provides families with children ages zero to five with an indicated case of abuse and neglect access to free- or low-cost child care through the Child Care Assistance Program while they are in the DCFS Intact Family Services program. Families retain their access to child care for six months after leaving the Intact program. Allowing families in the child welfare system to access subsidized child care aligns Illinois with the vast majority of states.