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DCFS's Real Crime? Breaking Up Families Print E-mail

Read Executive Director Diane Redleaf's opinion piece published in the Chicago Sun-Times on November 24, 2013 discussing how improved policies and practices within the Department of Children and Family Services would allow investigators to focus precious resources on children who are truly at risk of abuse or neglect while still allowing suitable parents to raise their own children without undue intervention from the child welfare system.

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Executive Director Diane Redleaf Receives KLEO Angel Award Print E-mail

In recognition of her lifelong advocacy to protect families and children from injustice at the hands of the child welfare system, Diane Redleaf, Executive Director of the Family Defense Center, was honored with an Angel Award at the K.L.E.O. Community Family Life Center Benefit Gala, held in Chicago on October 27, 2013. Click here to read a full profile of Diane's work and the award from the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin published on November 4, 2013 pdf button


FDC Board Members, staff, and family gather to celebrate Diane Redleaf's Angel Award. Pictured from left to right: Deborah Pergament, Diana Hansen, Angela Inzano, Ruth Bell Mejias, Diane Redleaf, Anatoly Libgober, Patricia Jones Blessman

Executive Director Diane Redleaf on WBEZ Print E-mail

Executive Director Diane Redleaf participated in a discussion of the changes needed within the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services on WBEZ on Wednesday, November 20, 2013.



Diane enters the conversation at 10:50 in the clip, and discusses how the majority of each DCFS investigator's caseload are not cases of physical abuse or even neglect but may instead be related to issues stemming from poverty, domestic disruptions, or mental health which would be better remedied by services and support rather than investigation and intervention. She further asserts that we need to triage the investigation system so that investigators can focus on cases in which children are truly at risk and families have access to the support and services which can help them to safely raise their children in their own homes.

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