Springfield, IL… Legislation sponsored by State Representative Bob Pritchard (R-Hinckley) that will protect children of military families was signed into law Friday. Governor Rauner signed House Bill 4425 that requires the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to inform the Department of Defense and Illinois National Guard if there is any report of child abuse in a military family.
The Department of Defense Advocacy Program requested the legislation so a response to any alleged child abuse or neglect report to DCFS could be initiated more quickly. Military officials want to protect the children in military families and provide support to the military family.
“If there are members of the military who are conducting themselves in a way that would be detrimental to our armed services or their families, the military deserves to know so they can intervene quickly,” Rep. Pritchard said. “Official investigations into abuse and neglect reports can take weeks. This law will help to protect the children involved in these unfortunate incidents.”
The bill is one of several Department of Defense initiatives that Pritchard has passed into law in recent years. Last fall, Representative Pritchard was recognized by the Department of Defense for his leadership in public policy changes that positively impact service members and their families in Illinois.