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§ 2. (a) The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services shall, upon receiving reports made under this Act, protect the health, safety, and best interests of the child in all situations in which the child is vulnerable to child abuse or neglect, offer protective services in order to prevent any further harm to the child and to other children in the same environment or family, stabilize the home environment, and preserve family life whenever possible. Recognizing that children also can be abused and neglected while living in public or private residential agencies or institutions meant to serve them, while attending day care centers, schools, or religious activities, or when in contact with adults who are responsible for the welfare of the child at that time, this Act also provides for the reporting and investigation of child abuse and neglect in such instances. In performing any of these duties, the Department may utilize such protective services of voluntary agencies as are available.
(b) The Department shall be responsible for receiving and investigating reports of adult resident abuse or neglect under the provisions of this Act.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Illinois Statutes Chapter 325. Children § 5/2.Protective services; application of Act - last updated January 01, 2019 | https://codes.findlaw.com/il/chapter-325-children/il-st-sect-325-5-2/
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