A child has a paper house in their open hands. Two parents have their open hands surrounding the child's.SPRINGFIELD — State Senator Mattie Hunter’s legislation to further reinforce the goals of the Department of Children and Family Services is now in effect.

“DCFS’ primary objective remains reuniting children with their families or securing safe, permanent homes,” said Hunter (D-Chicago). “This law clarifies these goals and ensures the Children and Family Services Act is up-to-date and compliant with current needs.”

The new law cleaned up language in the Children and Family Services Act to include that DCFS is responsible for placing children in permanent family homes through guardianship or adoption — rather than adoptive homes — when restoration to the biological family is not safe, possible or appropriate.

Additionally, the law clarifies DCFS’ responsibility for children or youth whose jurisdiction could not be clearly named as under one individual agency, or whose services may be provided by multiple agencies, and reaffirms that welfare services offered by DCFS are intended to be temporary until safe reunification or timely and permanent placement can be achieved.

House Bill 3705 went into effect Jan. 1.