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The Illinois Collaboration on Youth (ICOY) Represents a History of Proactive Advocacy

Our history represents an important commitment to efficient, supportive progress. From the beginning, we have proactively partnered to establish a state-run effort supporting organizations that promote child and family welfare – a function as previously undertaken by faith-based charitable organizations that were only loosely affiliated and organized. ICOY has long been a key player at both the state and grassroots levels. Over the years, we have evolved, with the changing human service landscape, by proactively joining forces with new organizations to shape policy and practices in a more systematic and holistic way. However, the heart of our mission has remained the same – promoting the safety, health, and success of Illinois’ children, youth and families by supporting and building capacity in the systems and organizations that serve them.

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