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Back to School with COVID-19

“The COVID-19 vaccines have done an extraordinary job of stamping out disease and death. But as the hypertransmissible Delta variant hammers the United States,…

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Immigrant Heritage Month and BIPOC Mental Health Month

June was a month to celebrate immigrants and their contributions to community and culture in our country – Immigrant Heritage Month. And as July comes to a close,…

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LGBTQI+ Pride Month: Transgender Awareness

At ICOY, we champion the safety, health and success of Illinois’ children, youth, and families. Within this mission, we strive to create an inclusive…

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LGBTQI+ Pride Month: Future & Past Generations

At ICOY, we champion the safety, health and success of Illinois’ children, youth, and families. Within this mission, we strive to create an inclusive…

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Juneteenth celebration in 1900 at Eastwoods Park. Credit: Austin History Center

ICOY Staff Reflections on Juneteenth

Recently, both the House and Senate voted in favor of recognizing Juneteenth as a federal holiday, and President Biden is scheduled to sign the…

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HB3821 Passes, Creating a Task Force to Examine Racial Disproportionality in the Child Welfare System

CHICAGO – Illinois parents and advocates pushing for critical changes to Illinois’ foster system are celebrating the passage of HB3821, which will create a…

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ICOY Responds to Recent Police Brutality Involving Youth

We share in the anger, frustration, and grief felt across Illinois and the country in the wake of the killings of Daunte Wright and Adam Toledo, a child and…

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ICOY supports the removal of police from schools

Authors: Eilene Ladson (ICOY Program Director), Kathryn Culleeny (ICOY Juvenile Justice Manager), & Jocelyn Vega (ICOY Trauma Specialist) As the nation continues to discuss the…

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Coronavirus Q&As with Illinois DCFS Acting Director Marc Smith

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is holding weekly COVID-19 webinars for Acting Director Marc Smith to provide guidance and answers to questions…

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ICOY lobbies for needs of underserved youth in Illinois

Front Line Child Welfare and Youth Service Organizations to Educate Lawmakers on Challenges of Protecting At-Risk Youth SPRINGFIELD (FEBRUARY, 26 2020) – More than…

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