Thank you to our supporters for helping us celebrate 10 years and sending us into the next decade!
The Family Defense Center is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advocate justice for families in the child welfare system. We advocate for families who need our help the most: families threatened with losing their children to foster care.Read more
The Family Defense Center has brought a number of important cases which have established invaluable precedents and protections for children and families in the child welfare system.
We represent families of all kinds who have one thing in common: they deserve fair treatment and due process in the child welfare system.
Resources for individuals and professionals include manuals and articles on various facets of the Department of Children and Family Services.
A Decade of Justice for Families
Thank you to our supporters for being a part of the next decade of justice for families! With your help, we had our best year yet at our annual benefit. We are excited to continue our work into the next decade.
Family Defense Center stands up for caring parents; recommends major policy revisions
CHICAGO, August 5, 2015 – The Family Defense Center today released a report that challenges decisions by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services that label loving parents as child neglectors under a vague “inadequate supervision” category of child neglect.
The Family Defense Center is currently involved in litigation with DCFS in a case involving a Chicago mother who DCFS labeled a child neglector for allowing her children, ages 11, 9 and 5, to play in a park next to her house for about 30 to 40 minutes, while she checked on them regularly from a window.
What our clients say:
Thank you for all your help in the DCFS case involving my daughter. We had no idea what was involved, what the process was, the implications of the potential case on my daughter's career and the need for a Dupuy letter and, finally, how to find out why and how to follow-up to get a final letter from DCFS showing the case was "unfounded."
I have had a successful nursing career for almost eight years and love caring for people but most of all love caring for my daughter and to have DCFS "called on us" when we did nothing wrong was such a shattering life experience. Calling your office was the best thing we could have done! You gave us support and guidance in a time when it was hard to find our way. We never knew of the problems with the system until we were involved personally with it.
So many times, in my opinion, the law is twisted around to prosecute victimless crimes and people that shouldn't be imprisoned, or defends those who should. Your legal talents have righted a wrong, and relieved so much anxiety for my family.
Thank you so much for everything you did for our family, your dedication to help families like us is simply exceptional and outstanding. We forever will be grateful, because we know without you this would of taken a different route, much harder and more painful.