The Center for Children’s Advocacy wrote and advocated for passage of important legislation that directly impacts the lives of the most vulnerable children and youth:
The Center for Children’s Advocacy was successful in securing passage of Public Act 12-53 which addresses the services and supports the Department of Children and Families (DCF) is required to provide for children in their custody. Effective October 1, 2012.
As part of a child’s permanency plan, DCF is required to:
The Center for Children’s Advocacy secured passage of a section of this bill which amends the law to allow minors access to civil restraining orders in all protected categories, regardless of their age. Previously, the law restricted minors’ access to civil restraining orders by imposing different age restrictions in different protected categories (ie: a minor had to be 16 years old to access a restraining order against someone they live/d with, but 18 years old to access a restraining order against someone with whom they are related by blood or marriage). The amended language allows minors to access the courts in order to seek safety. Effective October 1, 2012.
Although the legislature did not pass CCA-sponsored bills seeking to reduce the number of DCF involved children who are placed in group or institutional care facilities, the Department of Children and Families has publicly committed to ensuring that children, whenever possible, are placed in community and family-based settings. DCF has identified the development of comprehensive, community-based mental and behavioral health support services as a top priority. DCF has also agreed to continue its efforts to reduce and potentially eliminate the use of congregate care facilities for children ages birth to five years old.
2012 DCF Legislative Summary
Legislation of interest to the Department of Children and Families that passed during the 2012 Regular Session.
Summaries are based largely on the bill analysis prepared by the General Assembly’s Office of Legislative Research.