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Title:Advisory Commission on Reducing the Disproportionate Representation of African-American Children in Foster Care
Contact Name:Department of Children and Family Services
Function:The Advisory Commission shall be a coordinating and advocating body that acts on behalf of the interests of African-American children who are at risk of placement within the State's child welfare system. The Advisory Commission shall advise the Governor and the General Assembly, as well as work directly with State agencies, to identify those causes and factors that contribute to the overrepresentation of African-American children in foster care. In addition, the Advisory Commission shall collaborate with State agencies and other social services organizations to develop effective strategies, policies, services, and programs that are aimed at providing African-American children and their families with the resources and preventive services they need to stay out of foster care and the child welfare system generally. The Advisory Commission shall also assist in the development of child welfare policies and practices that advance more equitable outcomes for African-American children and their families who have contact with the Department of Children and Family Services.
Senate Confirmation:No
Qualifications:Each member appointed to the Commission shall have a working knowledge of Illinois' child welfare system. The members shall reflect regional representation to ensure that the needs of African-American families and children throughout the State of Illinois are met
Composition:(1) One member appointed by the Governor or his of her designee. (2) One member appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives or his or her designee. (3) One member appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives or his or her designee. (4) One member appointed by the President of the Senate or his or her designee. (5) One member appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate or his or her designee. (6) The Department on Aging, the Department of Children and Family Services, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Juvenile Justice, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, the Department of Public Health, the State Board of Education, the Board of Higher Education, the Illinois Community College Board, the Department of Human Rights, the Capital Development Board, the Department of Corrections, and the Department of Labor shall each appoint a liaison to serve ex officio on the Commission. (7) One member from the Task Force on Strengthening Child Welfare Workforce for Children and Families. (8) One member from the Child Endangerment Risk Assessment Protocol Advisory Committee. (9) Two members representing nonprofit organizations that advocate for African-American children or youth to be appointed by the Governor or his or her designee.
Chair:The Governor or his or her designee shall appoint the chairperson or chairpersons.
Authority:Public Act 102-470

 Member Names

Name (Last, First)Term ExpiresMember SinceAffiliationAppointed ByPositionTitleCounty
Flowers, Rep. Mary 8/23/2021Speaker of the HouseMember
VACANTGovernorMember
VACANTHouse Minority LeaderMember
VACANTSenate PresidentMember
VACANTSenate Minority LeaderMember
VACANTStatuteEx-OfficioDepartment on Aging
VACANTStatuteEx-OfficioDepartment of Children and Family Services
VACANTStatuteEx-OfficioDepartment of Human Services
VACANTStatuteEx-OfficioDepartment of Juvenile Justice
VACANTStatuteEx-OfficioDepartment of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
VACANTStatuteEx-OfficioDepartment of Healthcare and Family Services
VACANTStatuteEx-OfficioDepartment of Public Health
VACANTStatuteEx-OfficioState Board of Education
VACANTStatuteEx-OfficioBoard of Higher Education
VACANTStatuteEx-OfficioIllinois Community College Board
VACANTStatuteEx-OfficioDepartment of Human Rights
VACANTStatuteEx-OfficioCapital Development Board
VACANTStatuteEx-OfficioDepartment of Corrections
VACANTStatuteEx-OfficioDepartment of Labor
VACANTStatuteMemberTask Force on Strengthening Child Welfare Workforce for Children and Families
VACANTStatuteMemberChild Endangerment Risk Assessment Protocol Advisory Committee
VACANTGovernorMemberRepresenting nonprofit organizations that advocate for African-American children or youth
VACANTGovernorMemberRepresenting nonprofit organizations that advocate for African-American children or youth