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Health and Human Services Workforce Symposium

Join Illinois Collaboration On Youth (ICOY) and Illinois Partners for Human Services for the first Health and Human Services Workforce Symposium. This hybrid event will support the health…

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Shifting the Narrative on Abuse and Neglect

Recently, the ICOY Policy Team hosted a panel discussion, “Shifting the Narrative on Abuse and Neglect.” It focused on prevention, policy solutions, and the…

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Meaningful Strategies to Address DCFS/ POS Worker Safety

In the wake of two murders of child welfare workers while on the job, keeping frontline staff and families safe is our top priority….

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Child Welfare Workforce Crisis & the Pat McGuire Child Welfare Education Fellowship Program

Child Welfare Workforce Crisis In recent years, the child welfare system has experienced high rates of employee turnover. The workforce is struggling to retain…

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Legislation in IL: School Standards for Sex Education and Life-Threatening Allergies

Recently, Governor JB Pritzker signed legislation that updates the state’s standards for sex education in K-12 schools. The voluntary standards will emphasize health, safety,…

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Legislation in IL: Inclusive & Safe Learning Environments & Transgender Individuals’ Rights

In recent news, Governor JB Pritzker has signed multiple bills into legislation that directly impact youth in Illinois. Additionally, the “State Second District Appellate Court of Illinois affirmed the expansive protections of…

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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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Protect The Inalienable Right To Vote – And Our Democracy

Scores of Americans of all races and nationalities have relentlessly fought for years – and even died – to protect our right to vote….

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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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Illinois General Assembly approves FY21 budget in special session

Lawmakers returned to Springfield May 20-23, 2020 to finish out the rest of the spring session that was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This…

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