Check out the final part of the Windy City Times series about the child welfare system and its involvement with families with transgender youth. The article quotes Founder and Legal Director Diane Redleaf and 2016 Family Defender Honoree Kent Dean.
The Windy City Times wrote a three-part series about the child welfare system and its involvement with families with transgender youth. Here is part 2 of the series.
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.”
The Southern Illinoisan explores what happens after a call is made to the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services hotline. Executive Director Rachel O’Konis Ruttenberg is quoted saying that families “often just need help and support.”
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).
The Family Defense Center Founder and Legal Director, Diane Redleaf, wrote an article about the Center’s innovative model in the City University of New York Law Review Footnote Forum.
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.”
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.