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Erwin McEwen, Director. Family Advocacy Centers Strengthening Families in Communities. Overarching Framework: 6 Protective Factors. DCFS is strengthening families and protecting children by building: 1. Parental Resilience (Be Strong and Flexible)

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Erwin McEwen, Director

Family Advocacy Centers

Strengthening Families in Communities

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Overarching Framework: 6 Protective Factors

  • DCFS is strengthening families and protecting children
  • by building:
  • 1. Parental Resilience (Be Strong and Flexible)
  • 2. Social Connections (Parents Need Friends)
  • 3. Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
  • (Being a Great Parent is Part Natural and Part Learned)
  • 4. Concrete Support in Times of Need
  • (We All Need Help Sometimes)
  • 5. Social and Emotional Competence of Children
  • (Parents Need to Help Their Children Communicate)
  • 6. Healthy Parent-Child Relationships
  • (Give Your Children the Love and Respect They Need)
vision for idcfs
Department that is approachable

Can provide help and support to parents who are stressed and struggling to meet the needs of their children

Vs.

Vision for IDCFS
  • Department that “Takes away your kids”
serving voluntary vs mandatory clients
How do we accomplish this?

Incorporate strength based approaches to serving families

Embed protective factors and understanding of Strengthening Families model

Serving Voluntary vs. Mandatory Clients
overarching goal
Prevent families from coming into care

Help families in care reunite as soon as possible

Overarching Goal
strategies
Selected Innovations:

Family Advocacy Centers

Permanency Enhancement Teams

Transformation Teams

Trauma Initiative

Differential Response

Strengths-based treatment planning

Strengthening Families

Strategies
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In 2004, IDCFS established it’s first Family

Advocacy Center in Bloomington, Illinois to

provide advocacy and support to parents

outside of the formal child welfare system.

Additional FAC’s have been established

throughout the state, strategically selected for their locations in areas where IDCFS intake rates were the highest (per 2006 data).

2006 top ten areas for pc s
Rockford

Peoria

Springfield

Austin (Chicago)

Decatur

Waukegan

Urbana

Champaign

Joliet

10. Englewood

2006 Top Ten Areas for PC’s
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Twelve FAC’s Currently Operating
  • Boys Town (Back of the Yards, Near south side, Chicago)
  • 2. Building Strong Families (Champaign)
  • 3. Family Community Resource Center (Bloomington)
  • 4. Lifeline Family Services (Peoria)
  • 5. Healthy Families (Westside, Chicago)
  • 6. Family Advocacy House (East St. Louis)
  • 7. Professional Advocacy Outreach (Springfield)
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Twelve FAC’s Currently Operating

8. Knock At Midnite (Southside, Chicago)

9. Latino Resource Institute (Southeast Side,

Chicago)

10. Mujares Latinas En Accion (Pilsen Community,

Chicago)

11. Fellowship Connection, Inc. (Northwest Side,

Chicago)

12. Esperanza: Latino Community Services

Network, (Moline, Illinois)

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Future FAC’s

1. Family Focus (Aurora)

2. Rockford (to be identified)

3. DBCC Bright Star Community Outreach, Bronzeville (Southside of Chicago)

4. Nucasa (Waukegan)

5. DBCC Cragin-Belmont Community Outreach, Chicago (Northwest Side)

6. Esperanza: Latino Community Outreach Services Network (Moline)

7. Future Foundation (Ford Heights)

8. Erie Neighborhood House (Pilsen)

fac service array
advocacy

parent coaching

intensive mediation services

referral and linkage

counseling

case management

24-hour crisis response and systematic support services

referral services for substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, shelter and food assistance programs

after-school programs

summer and other out of school programming

assessment

in-person or over the telephone contact within 24 hours

immigration services

parenting classes in English and Spanish

counsel women and children who are victims of domestic violence

collaborative work with various social and legal agencies

parent support and mentoring

support groups and skill building workshops

leadership development workshops

intervention strategies to support the family reunification process

court ordered supervised child visitation for non-custodial parents

FAC Service Array
department supports
Trauma Informed Practice Training

Psychological First Aid Training

CANS (Child & Adolescent Needs Assessment) Training

Access to Statewide Provider Data-base

Parent Café & Parent Leadership Training

Standardized Intake/Client registration forms

Establishment of a FAC Advisory Council

Department Supports
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Questions?

Arthur Bishop

Deputy Director of Field Operations

Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

(312) 793-2003

arthur.bishop@illinois.gov

Daniel Fitzgerald

Deputy Director- Division of Service Intervention

(312) 814-7294

daniel.fitzgerald@illinois.gov