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


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