ICOY’s Statement on Heidi Mueller’s Appointment to Serve as Next DCFS Director

Heidi Mueller, current Director of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), has been appointed by Governor Pritzker to serve as the next Director of…

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Illinois Collaboration on Youth Partners with Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s All Children-All Families Initiative

The post below was jointly written by ICOY and HRC and has been reposted from For many people, including LGBTQ+ people, forming a…

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The ICOY Board of Directors Welcomes Renee Lehocky and Carolyn Wahlskog

ICOY is proud to welcome Renee Lehocky, Director of Strategic Initiatives at Lawrence Hall, and Carolyn Wahlskog, Director of Operations and Programming at Youth…

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ICOY’s 2023 Annual Member Meeting Highlights

THANK YOU to all of members who attended the 2023 Annual Member Meeting in Champaign. It was a pleasure to connect with you in-person…

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Statement on Ashley Deckert’s Resignation

It is with mixed emotions that I share the news that Ashley Deckert has been nominated by Rhode Island Governor Daniel McKee to serve…

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More intervention by DCFS is no way to stop juvenile carjackings

ICOY Chief Executive Officer Andrea Durbin published an op-ed in the Sun-Times firmly opposing recent suggestions that DCFS be brought in to investigate parents…

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icoy rebranding announcement

ICOY has rebranded. See why & how!

We’re excited to announce that as of today, we’ve rebranded with a new logo, tagline, and website! We want to share with you our…

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Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

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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Removal of statute of limitations on sexual crimes resulting in liability insurance challenges

On January 1, a new law took effect in Illinois that removes the statute of limitations for a range of criminal sexual assault charges….

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