A press release from State Senator Pam Althoff:
New law expands grandparent DCFS visitation rights
Springfield, IL… The rights of grandparents and great-grandparents to visit children under the care of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) are expanded under a new law sponsored by State Senator Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry).
Governor Rauner signed House Bill 5656 into law Friday—the state fair’s Future for Kids Day—which adds great-grandparents to the statute requiring DCFS to make reasonable accommodations to provide for visitation privileges to non-custodial grandparents.
“It’s important these kids are able to maintain connections with family members, especially grandparents who can play a vital role in a child’s life,” said Sen. Althoff, chief senate sponsor of the bill. “This common-sense law gives them that opportunity.”
The new law also states these visitation privileges should only be provided to non-custodial grandparents or great-grandparents if it’s in the child’s best interest.
DCFS may deny a request for visitation after considering specified criteria, but grandparents are allowed to request a clinical review when denied visitation.
More information on the new law can be found here.