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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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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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The rising number of children in foster care points out how Illinois fails Black women and their families

As we stand at the intersection of Black History Month and Women’s History Month, it’s time we examine a system that has an ugly…

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Gov. Pritzker’s budget proposal supports families, but child welfare crisis demands reinvestment, rethinking

Recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic will take investing in people and communities so they can realize their potential, protect and support their families, and…

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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 and 20 other Health & Human Services Coalitions Call for Equity & Investment in Community Services

Today, ICOY was joined by health & human service coalitions from across the state as we presented our Guiding Principles for Illinois’ Budget to…

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Illinois Congresswoman Mary Miller Must Resign

As community leaders serving children, youth, and families, we continue to grapple with the revelations and events over the past week, seeking to discern…

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