In 2007 the Center for Child Welfare and Adoption Studies began a partnership with DCFS to serve as the lead university among four state universities (Illinois State University, Northern Illinois University, University of Illinois Chicago, and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville) to co-plan, implement, and evaluate the Illinois Permanency Project (PEP). The PEP model engages community stakeholders and policy makers who jointly develop local policy and practice solutions aimed at reducing racial disparities and improving permanency outcomes for children within the Illinois foster care system.
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services’, African American Advisory Council, in partnership with Illinois State University, Northern Illinois University, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and University of Illinois Chicago presents: The 26th Annual African American Advisory Council Institute IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE 7th Annual Permanency Enhancement Symposium on Thursday May 31, 2018 at South Suburban College in Holland, Illinois.
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 annual conference explores topics of adoption, foster care, and the quest for family permanency among Black Children and the families that love them.