Foster System

We center parents in advocating for policies and laws that strengthen families.

Supporting families means supporting parents and children. We work to elevate the concerns and welfare of parents and families who have historically been sidelined in the foster system.

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Our Insights

For Black lives to matter, Black families must matter. Black mothers must matter.

In this pandemic, parents should be able to hold their children close in these trying times.

Our Impact

The task force will examine the foster system's disproportionate impact on Black families and communities.

Each day children and parents continue to be apart exacerbates existing harms.

We are calling on the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to be vigilant in prioritizing reunification of parents with their children.

Resources

Jan 2021

Black communities, communities of color, and those living in poverty are overrepresented in many systems, including the foster system.

Dec 2020

Black communities, communities of color, and those living in poverty are overrepresented in many systems, including the foster system.

Dec 2020

Families should be able to remain together, especially during this pandemic.

Nov 2020

Black communities, communities of color, and those living in poverty are overrepresented in many systems, including the foster system.

Oct 2020

Black communities, communities of color, and those living in poverty are overrepresented in many systems, including the foster system.

Sep 2020

We must end systemic inequities and prioritize policies that keep families together.

Sep 2020

This resource list aims to provide materials related to what is traditionally referred to as the child welfare system.

Jun 2020

Since March, children of over 11,200 parents have been subjected to a Department of Children and Family Services policy banning supervised visits.

Jun 2020

Shriver Center advocates share updates on their COVID-19 response work and impact.

Mar 2020

Links to information and useful resources to aid communities seeking support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Attorneys and Specialists

LaTanya Jackson Wilson
LaTanya Jackson Wilson
LaTanya Jackson Wilson
Vice President of Advocacy
she/her

312.600.4369

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