We center parents in advocating for policies and laws that strengthen families and end the harmful removal of children from their homes.
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.
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.
In-person visits for parents of children in foster care have been suspended for weeks
Since March, children of over 11,200 parents have been subjected to a Department of Children and Family Services policy banning supervised visits.
Shriver Center advocates share updates on their COVID-19 response work and impact.
Links to information and useful resources to aid communities seeking support during the COVID-19 pandemic.