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Luna Gale Webinar Print E-mail

Did the play Luna Gale at the Goodman Theater touch and inform you of the dangers and biases inherent in the child welfare system? Then join us for a free Webinar: “How to Help the Real Luna Gales and Their Families in the Child Welfare System.”

This post-play discussion will be led by the Family Defense Center and co-sponsored by the Goodman Theatre on Thursday, March 20, from 12:15-1:15 p.m.

The Webinar will include:

  • Current information about the child welfare system in Illinois and nationally and how the play Luna Gale mirrors real issues involving the best interests of children and families
  • ŸPolicies to prevent real–life Luna Gales from being lost in the system and ways in which these policies need to be enhanced
  • ŸRecommendations for how you can become involved in helping children and families in the child welfare system
  • ŸOpportunity to ask questions of experts who work on child welfare advocacy in Illinois
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Special Theater Event: Thursday, January 23, 2014 at the Goodman Theatre Print E-mail
 Program booklet now available: click here 
Event Co-Chairs Torrey L. Barrett, Tracey Scruggs Yearwood, and
Elissa Hamid Efroymson invite you to:
Family Defense Center
Special Theater Event
Luna Gale at the Goodman Theatre

Please join us for a special benefit event at the Goodman Theatre on January 23, 2014.

6:00 p.m. Pre-show reception with light fare and cash bar
7:30 p.m. Showing of Luna Gale
9:00 p.m. Post-show panel discussion organized by the FDC including a clinical psychologist and two attorneys who work with children and families


More about Luna Gale, from the Goodman Theatre website:

Caroline, a veteran social worker, thinks she has a typical case on her hands when she meets Peter and Karlie, two teenaged drug addicts accused of neglecting their baby. But when she places their infant daughter in the care of Karlie’s mother, Caroline sparks a family conflict that exposes a shadowy, secretive past—and forces her to make a risky decision with potentially disastrous consequences. Powerful and arresting, Luna Gale is a heartbreaking and unforgettable tale of love and betrayal.

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January 23, 2014

6:00 - 9:30 p.m.

The Goodman Theatre
170 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60601

Individual Tickets: $75
YPN Tickets: $50
Sponsorships: $250-$2,500
For more details call:
x. 27


benefitImagePlease join us for our
Fifth Annual Benefit
Honoring 2013 Family Defender,
Professor Anita Weinberg, J.D., M.S.W

Sunday, September 22, 2013
4:00 - 7:30 p.m.

NEW LOCATION: The Mid-America Club
200 E. Randolph St, 80th Floor (map)

Lifetime Achievement Awards:
Dr. Eugene Pergament and Rhoda Redleaf

Please purchase tickets here.


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The Family Defense Center proudly presents...

National Reunification Day 

Saturday June 15, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Holy Trinity High School

1443 W. Division Street

Chicago, IL 60642

Pre-Register Online Here



Parent Cafes Print E-mail

The Family Defense Center will be the host/co-sponsor of a Parent Cafe on Wednesday, March 27, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at 70 E Lake St, 3rd floor Conference Room, Chicago, IL 60601. The program will be provided by staff of Be Strong Families.  There is limited childcare available, and snacks will be provided.  FDC is inviting current and former clients in addition to parents from different agencies across the city to attend. Spanish speakers are welcome.

Click here to view the program flyer pdf button

Please contact Ruth at 312-251-3800 ext 25 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to register for the Parent Cafe. 

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