HAMILTON

The Family Defense Center has partnered with Broadway in Chicago to offer a limited number of tickets to HAMILTON at the beautiful CIBC Theatre the evening of Friday, January 12, 2018!

Don’t miss your opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable evening watching the award-winning musical Hamilton while supporting Illinois families! Tickets go on sale on November 2, 2017 at 9:00 AM CST.

Online ticket sales have ended, but a few tickets are still available. Please contact Connie Prater at (312) 251-9800 x. 28 or at connie@familydefensecenter.org.

TICKET INFORMATION

Front Balcony

A clear view at an incredible show! Front Balcony tickets include center view seats in rows A-F of the Balcony level.

Front Mezzanine

Get the star treatment! Front Mezzanine tickets include center view seats in rows A-E of the Mezzanine level and suite service including appetizers and drinks, private bathrooms, and a private coat check.

SPONSOR THE EVENT

Presidential Level ($3,500)

Includes four front mezzanine tickets with included suite service, exclusive sponsorship signage in suite area, and recognition on The Family Defense Center’s digital marketing platforms.

Federalist Level ($1,200)

Includes two front mezzanine tickets with included suite service, and recognition on The Family Defense Center’s digital marketing platforms.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Connie Prater at (312) 251-9800 x. 28 or at connie@familydefensecenter.org.

SPONSORS (in formation)

Federalist Sponsors

Meg McDonald
Kathleen Barry
Kathleen McDonald, CLU, CFP

Celebrating Justice for Families

Photo by Tone Stockenstrom Photography, Inc.

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Wednesday evening! “Celebrating Justice for Families” was a great success! We hope you enjoyed good food, drinks, and company — and went home inspired by our wonderful honorees.

Special thanks to all of our sponsors, silent auction donors, and donors. Your support helps the Center continue its mission of advocating justice for families in the child welfare system.

If you couldn’t make it, it’s not too late to join the celebration by donating now!

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National Reunification Day 2017

National Reunification Day 2017

Families Organizing for Child Welfare Justice and The Family Defense Center will celebrate our 8th Annual National Reunification Day on June 3. Please register to attend here.

National Reunification Day honors the reunification of families who have been separated by the child welfare system. The celebration will share stories from families impacted by the child welfare system and empower affected individuals to become advocates for change. We hope you can attend this free event on June 3!

Let Kids Play Celebration

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Thank you to our supporters for making our Let Kids Play Celebration a success! This year’s theme, “Let Kids Play,” was a celebration of the Center’s important work defending families against unfair charges of child neglect, such as a rule that is used to punish parents for making decisions like letting their children play at the park. These vague charges of neglect especially hurt poor families who are trying to provide a good life for their children.

If you couldn’t make it, you can still be a part of the celebration by donating now!

We look forward to another year of fighting for a fairer child welfare system. Read more

National Reunification Day 2016

National Reunification Day 2016

Families Organizing for Child Welfare Justice and the Family Defense Center celebrated our 7th Annual National Reunification Day on June 11, 2016. National Reunification Day honors the reunification of families who have been separated by the child welfare system. The celebration shared stories from families impacted by the child welfare system and encouraged affected individuals to become advocates for change.

 

Mothers’ Defense Tea 2016

Mothers’ Defense Tea 2016

The Mothers’ Defense Tea was held on May 5, 2016, at Jenner & Block LLP in Chicago. Mary Mitchell, Chicago Sun-Times award-winning columnist, moderated a panel of mothers and their pro bono counsel. The program celebrate our successes in combating “gender plus” discrimination against mothers in the child welfare system.

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Joint Benefit in Minnesota with American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota Honors the Center’s Founding Philanthropist Paul Redleaf

Joint Benefit in Minnesota with American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota Honors the Center’s Founding Philanthropist Paul Redleaf

For the past 11 years, the Family Defense Center has enjoyed significant support from friends in Minnesota. Starting in 2007, the Center has held annual events in the Twin Cities, with recent events featuring family defense and innocence work done at the William Mitchell Law School Clinic (2014) and by the Wisconsin Innocence Project (2015). Thanks to our Champion Board Member Elizabeth Larsen, these events have been held for the past three years at the lovely Minikahda Club. This year, on April 27, the Center is continuing that tradition and expanding its event to include a joint program with the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota. Read more

Tenth Anniversary Celebration

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.

Our successes over the last 10 years would not have been possible without our 10th Anniversary Honorees and our 2015 Family Defender. Here is the video that debuted at our celebration:

National Reunification Day 2015

National Reunification Day 2015

National Reunification Day, held on June 6, 2015, celebrated the reunification of families impacted by child welfare intervention, and encouraged parents and advocates to turn their stories into solutions. Family Defense Center parent advocate Suzanne Sellers and Legal Assistance Foundation board member Kevin Brown led a discussion about how they have used their own personal stories to advocate for systemic change and help others. Then, participants practiced telling their stories to each other, and parents who were personally affected by child welfare intervention were recognized.