ERIC Number: ED431508
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Timeliness and Delay in the Cook County Juvenile Court Child Protection Division. Discussion Paper CS-45.
Merry, Sheila M.; Peters, Clark M.; Goerge, Robert M.; Osuch, Ruth; Minor, Maria; Budde, Stephen
This study suggests that court procedures in Illinois must improve to assure that more children are placed in permanent homes in a timely way. The University of Chicago's Chapin Hall Center for Children examined the timeliness of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois' Child Protection Division in completing the sequence of hearings and adjudications necessary to achieve permanence (either through permanent placement or family reunification) for children who are abused or neglected. The analysis also identified practices and procedures that appear to influence the Court's ability to achieve timely permanence for children. The analysis found that although the Court is not, overall, in compliance with statutory timeliness guidelines, substantial progress has been made in improving compliance over the last few years and the improvement seems to be continuing. The analysis further found that the Court was not effective in moving toward permanent homes for children in a timely fashion once they have been placed in custody of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Meeting statutory guidelines for timeliness was negatively associated with achieving a timely permanent placement. This negative association may be due to the small number of adoptions completed and the Court's tendency to delay cases where there is a perception that a return home is at all possible. (This document is relevant to the field of education in that permanent placement and family reunification are two strategies that can contribute to children's readiness to learn by increasing stability in their lives.) (JPB)
Descriptors: Child Abuse, Child Custody, Child Neglect, Child Welfare, Court Litigation, Court Role, State Courts
Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago, 1313 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637; Tel: 773-753-5900; Fax: 773-753-5940; Web site: http://www.chapin.uchicago.edu
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Chicago Univ., IL. Chapin Hall Center for Children.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois