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Family Defense Center Staff Attorney Receives Chicago Bar Foundation Sun-Times Public Interest Law Fellowship Print E-mail

Melissa Staas The Family Defense Center is pleased to announce that staff attorney Melissa Laurie Staas (nee Sharstrom) is one of five attorneys to receive a $50,000 fellowship from the Chicago Bar Foundation.  This prestigious award is given to attorneys who are pursuing a career in legal aid and public interest law.  Recipients must demonstrate a commitment to public interest work, academic achievement in law school, and outstanding character and integrity.

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Children's Rights: Challenging a Listing in a Child Abuse Registry Print E-mail

By: Diane L. Redleaf & Steven L. Pick

In jurisdictions throughout the United States, family members and professionals who work with children have successfully challenged the decisions of chld-welfare and law-enforcement authorities after being listed as perpetrators of abuse or neglect in child abuse registries.

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Celebrating reunification of parent, child Print E-mail

By Maria Kantzavelos, for Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

When it come to marking the finalization of adoptions, celebrations tend to abound, says Diane L. Redleaf, executive director of the Chicago-based Family Defense Center.

"We celebrate adoption as a big achievement, as a wonderful thing, something that we promote and recognize as a society," she said.

But what happens when families are runited after they had been separated by child protection authorities? Click here to read the full story from the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

 
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Notice to all persons located in the state of Illinois who were:

A. Investigated or indicated for neglect under Allegation 60 from July 13, 2012 through December 31, 2013; 

or

B. Were indicated for neglect under Allegation 60 from May 31, 2014 through June 11, 2014. 

A class action lawsuit, entitled Ashley M., et al. v. Ill. Dep’t of Children & Family Servs., et al., No. 2013 CH 20278, is now pending in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division, Cook County, Illinois.

Please click here to read the full notice of this proposed settlement and fairness hearing.

 

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