Illinois State University in partnership with the African American Advisory Council of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Presents: The Heart and Soul of Adoption: Black Families, Black Children, and the Quest for Permanency on Friday, June 16, 2017 from 9 am-5pm at the ISU Bone Student Center.
To register for this event, please fill out the attached adobe form and send it to the email at the top (DCFSTraining@illinois.gov) no later than June 9. You can also fax or mail this registration form to the DCFS Office of Training, 406 East Monroe, Station 122 Springfield, IL 62701; fax: 217 557-4349. A registration booklet is available to help you choose a workshop. And the official African American Advisory Council Program Book is now available in adobe.
African Americans have a long-standing tradition of adopting children within their communities through informal means. Yet, in spite of this tradition, many Black children remain overrepresented in the child welfare system without the benefit of family permanency. The purpose of this conference is to explore and discuss topics of adoption, foster care, and the quest for family permanency among Black Children and the families that love them. Families, youth, stakeholders and educators are welcomed to join in this one day event that focuses on the well-being and the future of African American children, families, and communities.
Keynote Speaker: Victoria Rowell is an award winning actress, writer, and producer. She co-starred in “The Young and the Restless” and is an Emmy-nominated, NAACP-winning actress, who co-starred with Dick Van Dyke in “Diagnosis Murder”. Her New York Times bestseller, “The Women Who Raised Me ”, published by Harper Collins Publishers, received literary acclaim. She is the founder of the Rowell Foster Children Positive Plan and she frequently inspires others through her personal story of resilience as a former foster child.
The Center for Adoption Studies mission is to promote the adoption of children from the child welfare system and elevate their well-being and that of their families, and promote ethical, empirically based policy and to practice to improve the well-being of children and families served by the child welfare system through maintaining an active research program that increases knowledge and is a basis for improving policy and practice in our State and in the nation. Please learn more about our mission by visiting any of our Projects and Initiatives
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