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Child Neglect and Child EndangermentChild abuse and child neglect are two entirely different types of offense, and while child abuse is typically a crime that is more heavily punished, child neglect can also end in a misdemeanor or felony charge, and a loss of parental rights. If you have been charged with child neglect, do not hesitate to contact an attorney at once.

What is Neglect?

Neglect happens when the parents of a child fail to provide their child adequate food, clothing, supervision, shelter, and other needs. For example, it would be considered neglectful to leave a newborn baby or toddler at home by themselves for any length of time, especially for hours or all day long. A parent would also be subjecting their child to neglect if they allowed the child to participate in very dangerous activities, such as driving a car or lighting illegal firecrackers. Allowing a child to do very dangerous activities might be considered child endangerment.

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Child-Abuse-Reporting-StandardsIllinois has long criminalized the abuse and neglect of children. But until recently, the law did not specifically include provisions concerning situations where someone acting in a professional capacity in a child care facility did not report suspected abuse or neglect of a child.

Child Care Facility Reporting Requirements

In response to concerns that incidences of child abuse at child care facilities and child welfare agencies were going unreported, the Illinois legislature drafted and passed amendments to the Child Care Act.  Slated to go into effect on July 1st, Senate Bill 1763 requires the Department of Children and Family Services to create rules and procedures regarding the failure of employees of child care facilities or child welfare agencies to report suspected abuse or neglect within the care facility.

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