Sen. Napoleon Harris, III

SPRINGFIELD – To ensure that Black and Brown families are being treated fairly, State Senator Napoleon Harris, III is sponsoring legislation that would require the Department of Children and Family Services to submit an annual report regarding racial disparities for children and families. 

“Our minority families already have to deal with enough challenges. They shouldn’t have to deal with racial disparities in their treatment by DCFS and other state agencies,” Harris said. “Requiring DCFS to provide a report on inequities helps us pinpoint where these Black and Brown families need help the most.” 

Senate Bill 2406 requires DCFS to prepare and submit an annual report to the General Assembly regarding racial disparities for children and families involved in the child welfare system by no later than Dec. 31, 2022, and each year after.

The report must include education success, health and behavioral health, housing, jobs and economic justice, criminal justice, and other key indicators of children and families’ well-being. The report must also address children and families with cases of abuse and neglect, as well as all aspects of the foster care system. 

“All our youth and families should have the same opportunities regardless of if they are involved in the child welfare system or not,” Harris said.  “If we are working to create a more equitable Illinois, no one should be left behind.” 

Senate Bill 2406 passed the Senate floor and will head to the House for further consideration.