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Under the radar: Illinois Senate passed resolution to evaluate DCFS’s care of LGBTQ youth

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. (Photo via Good Free Photos)

SPRINGFIELD — In news that managed to go unnoticed with so many bills getting passed last week, the Illinois Senate passed a resolution that directs the state Department of Children and Family Services to evaluate the care provided to LGBTQ children and youth.

WMBD-TV, a TV station in Peoria, reported that the resolution, Senate Resolution 403, was passed last Friday. It will require an audit of:

  • How and with what frequency DCFS and its contractors’ employees are trained on sexual orientation, gender identity, and the requirements of Appendix K
  • Processes on how queer youth are matched with foster parents and actions taken by DCFS and its contractors requiring foster parents’ commitment to provide care and homes that are affirming
  • How youth in DCFS care are made aware of their rights and how they can report violations
  • Existing oversight structure to ensure accountability and corrective actions
  • Methods on how information about youth gender identity is sought and how this information is maintained and protected
  • Number of transgender youth who have requested transition-related hormone therapy and consultation services, as well as the qualifications of the staff making determinations

“Too many LGBTQ youth find themselves in the custody of DCFS and where they experience disapproval, discrimination or abuse,” State Sen. Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield), SR 403 sponsor, told WMBD. “LGBTQ youth in our state have the legal right to be treated equally and to safely express their sexual orientation and gender identity. We need to make sure youth are always being placed in an affirming household and have access to culturally competent healthcare providers who can get them the health care they need.”

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