Can the Child Welfare System Handle Trans Children? Part 1

The Windy City Times​ wrote a three-part series about the child welfare system and its involvement with families with transgender youth. In the first of the series, Executive Director Rachel O’Konis Ruttenberg​ was quoted saying, “We always want to make sure that people’s Constitutional rights are being upheld, that decisions are not being made with discrimination as part of that process and that children are given the opportunity to remain with their parents or family caregivers whenever it is safe and possible for them to do so.”

CLICK HERE TO READ PART 1 ON WINDY CITY TIMES’ WEBSITE

Legal Aid Committee Selected Highlights 2016

The Family Defense Center is proud to be featured in The Chicago Bar Association Legal Aid Committee Selected Highlights 2016 alongside the excellent work of our fellow legal aid organizations. Read about our 2016 successes: our collaborative work for domestic violence survivors (page 5); our fight for justice for parents and caregivers unlawfully charged with “inadequate supervision” (page 9); and our policy victories regarding so-called “safety plans” (page 18).

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Parents And Kids Torn Asunder, Then Reunified

Families Organizing for Child Welfare Justice Executive Director Suzanne Sellers and Family Defense Center Executive Director Diane Redleaf were featured on WBEZ’s Morning Shift on June 17, 2016. They discussed family reunification and the need for child welfare reform. Suzanne Sellers said, “The public may not know that most of the families involved in the child welfare system are just people who were trying to get by, people who needed some help. They are oftentimes punished instead of getting help.”

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE FULL INTERVIEW ON WBEZ.ORG

Legal Aid Committee Selected Highlights 2015

The Chicago Bar Association’s Legal Aid Committee compiled highlights from its members for 2015. The Family Defense Center’s work on an emergency rule class action suit and client Natasha Felix’s case are featured on page 14 of the booklet. The Center’s report on “When Can Parents Let Children Be Alone?” and the vague category of neglect called “inadequate supervision” are highlighted on page 18.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL BOOKLET ON THE CHICAGO BAR FOUNDATION’S WEBSITE