Family Defender Issue 13: Summer 2012

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Special Double Issue: Children’s and Families’ Mental Health Issues in the Child Welfare System:

In Re Rico L.: FDC Argues Important Children’s Mental Health Case That Nearly Went Unheard

Family Defense Briefs, page 2

Message from the Executive Director, page 18

Features:

Illinois Leaders Join FDC Celebration of National Reunification Day on June 2 –  and Congress Follows, page 3

Let’s Stop Taking Children with Severe Psychiatric Issues from Their Parents, page 4

Child Welfare System’s Unsupported Assumptions That Parents’ Mental Health Impairs Their Parenting and Causes Unnecessary Harm to Children, page 5

Join Us for Our Fourth Annual Benefit on September 23 from 4-7:30 p.m. at Hotel Allegro Honoring Karl Dennis, page 6

Parents File Federal Lawsuits to Fight for Custody and Mental Health Treatment for Their Children, page 8

Employing Res Judicata to Secure Expungement Orders in DCFS Appeals After No-Fault Findings in Juvenile Court, page 9

Katie A. Settlement Marks Victory in Fight for Foster Care Children in Need of Mental Health Treatment, page 10

Can You Believe This?, page 11

Family Defender Issue 12: Winter 2012

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In this issue:

Center Wins Three Important Appellate Victories Advancing Family Rights!

Family Defense Briefs, page 2

Message from the Executive Director, page 18

Features:

Hernandez v. Foster: A Three-Pronged Victory, page 1

In Closely Watched Case, Appellate Court Declares ‘Environment Injurious’ Ground Invalid, page 3

Improper Termination of Parental Rights – And Why the Illinois Supreme Court Disapproves, page 5

The Hidden Harms of Recent Legislation Responses to the Penn State Scandal, page 10

Exceptions That Do Not Apply: Why DCFS Cannot Shirk on Causation, page 14

Parents’ Toolkit: What Can A Parent Do If DCFS Demands a Safety Plan?, page 15

Can You Believe This?, page 16

Family Defender Issue 11: Summer 2011

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In this issue: Family Defense Center Friend-of-the-Court Briefing Project in United States Supreme Court Yields “No News is Good News” Decision

Family Defense Briefs, page 2

Message from the Executive Director, page 12

Features:

Parents Should Be Entitled to Basic Right of Self-Defense, page 3

Rise Noted in DCFS Cases Involving Autistic Children, page 4

New Family Support Fund Estabilised at FDC in Memory of Pro Bono Attorney Chaitanya Maddali, page 5

Please Join Us September 25!, page 6

Second National Reunification Day Proves a Big Success, page 7

Can You Believe This?, page 8

Family Defender Issue 10: Fall 2010

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In this issue: United States Supreme Court to Decide on Child Protection Investigators’ Authority to Interrogate Children in Schools

End in Sight for 13-Year-Old Federal Case Concerning Rights of Individuals Who Work with Children, page 1

Family Defense Briefs, page 2

Message from the Executive Director, page 16

Features:

Family Vindicated After Medical and Legal Ordeal, page 3

Our Son Has Been Abused and Neglected by the System that Ignores His Mental Health Needs, page 6

Can You Believe This?, page 7

Meet Dr. Christopher Sullivan, 2010 Family Defender, Page 8

MPEEC Program Data Shows Innovent Families Are Being Harmed, page 12

Family Defender Issue 9: Spring 2010

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Features: The First National Reunification Day Celebration in Chicago on Jun 19 at UIC. Click here to register.

Barriers to Reunification, page 3

Also in this issue:

Family Defense Center Wins, page 1

Meet the Timmels, page 6

Feature Column: Can You Believe This? page 10

My Turn, page 8

Message from the Executive Director – Sometimes the Best…, page 12

Family Defender Issue 8: Fall 2009

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In this issue: Father Vindicated By Circuit Court After 18-Month Ordeal

Why Child Welfare Is A Civil Rights Issue, page 1

Family Defense News Briefs, page 2

Message from the Executive Director: How to Measure Justice for Families, page 13

Features:

A Father’s Tale, page 3

Meet Professor Dorothy Roberts Part II page 9

Case Raises Troubling Issues of Gender-Bias and Improper State Intervention, page 6

Can You Believe This?, page 12

Family Defender Issue 7: Spring 2009

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In this issue: FDC Legislative Initiative Sails Through Committees, Awaits General Assembly Ratification

Letter from the Executive Director, page 3

Family Defense News Briefs, page 4

Can You Believe This?, page 9

Features:

What Is “Mothers’ Defense?, page 5

Meet Professor Dorothy Roberts, page 5

Case Raises Troubling Issues of Gender-Bias and Improper State Intervention, page 6

Parent Coaching: A Family-Centered Approach, page 7

Profile of a PCI Parent Coach, page 7

Family Defender Issue 5: Fall 2008

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In this issue: In Wake of Cert Denial, FDC Focuses on Legislation and Policy

Family Defense Briefs, page 2

Message from the Executive Director, back page

Features: 

Is DCFS Policy and Practice Fair to Domestic Violence Victims? page 3

If It Hadn’t Happened to and FDC Client Family, We Wouldn’t Believe it! page 7

FDC Parent Empowerment Program Plans Consumer Evaluation Project, page 8

Some Tips on Working Best with Your Lawyer, page 9

Family Defender Issue 4: Spring 2008

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In this issue: Focus on Safety Plan Stories and Cases

Family Defense Briefs, page 2

Message from the Executive Director, back page.

Features:

Family’s Long Safety Plan Nightmare Ends; Juvenile Court Dismisses Case for Lack of Probable Cause, page 3

Credit Where Credit is Due, page 4

The Supreme Court 101: The Road to Certiorari, page 4

Viewpoint: Why So Few Child Protection Decisions? page 6

Family Exonerated After Safety Plan Brings Them Nearly to Ruin, page 7

Family Defender Issue 6: Winter 2008

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In this issue: The Wald Challenge: Downsize the Child Welfare System, Upsize Services That Work

The FDC Initiates Legislative Policy Program

Family Defense Briefs, page 2

Message from the Executive Director, back page

Features: 

Anguished Mother Speaks Out About Abuse of Her Family, page 3

PEP Members Join in National Grass Roots Child Protection Reform Conference, page

If It Hadn’t Happened to an FDC Client Family, We Wouldn’t Believe it! page 5

FDC Inversigator Evaluation Project Needs Consumer Feedback, page 7