State of the African American Family Symposium (2010):
The Migration Pattern of Chicago Public Housing Residents

 Cover - Illinois Assisted Housing and Residential Mobility Data Guide-web The Illinois African American Family Commission held its State of the African American Family Symposium on June 22, 2010.  This event brought together key stakeholders, including elected officials, public policy makers, researchers, family advocates and public housing residents to identify the impact that the Illinois Housing Choice Voucher Program has had on participants.The “Illinois assisted Housing and Residential Mobility Data Guide” was developed for the symposium and is presented here.  This guide provides information as to where low-income assisted households are moving in relation to the local attributes of each community.


Results of The Black Executive Directors Coalition (BEDC)
Membership Survey (June 2009):

 Revised Cover - June 2009 BEDC membership survey report Final 8-20-10 The Black Executive Directors Coalition is a group of 34 African American Executive Directors of community-based social service agencies providing services in the metropolitan Chicago area of Illinois.This document summarizes the BEDC Membership Survey conducted by the Illinois African American Family Commission.  It provides information that communicates the range of services offered by BEDC member organizations in the communities they serve, identifies common service areas and opportunities for funding and collaboration, and supports the BEDC legislative platform statement.


Permanency Enhancement Initiative
Data and Focus Group Summary (June 2009)

 Cover-Permanency Summary Report The Illinois Permanency Enhancement Initiative is a statewide effort to examine and address factors that hinder permanency and contribute to racial disproportionality among children involved with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (IDCFS).Data from the DCFS administrative data base and U.S. Census data were compiled by the Center for Adoption Studies (ISU), DCFS staff, and the Children and Family Research Center (UIUC). Committees comprised of DCFS staff drew upon these sources to summarize statistical data that described patterns of permanency achievement and disproportionality within each region. These patterns were described in presentations made to the stakeholders in community forums and permanency symposia focusing on each region. In June 2009, the Commission and its university partners published the Data and Focus Group Summary report.  The data summarized in this report and presented at the community forums and symposia document evidence of lags in permanency and disproportionality of African Americans in the Illinois child welfare system.


Springfield Expungement Summit 2008

 Expungement Report Cover This report presents a summary of findings and recommendations derived from an expungement summit held in Springfield, Illinois in 2008 by the Illinois African American Family Commission. The Commission believes that the recommendations presented in this document, coupled with public policy changes aimed at expanding access to expungement information and removing barriers to social services, will dismantle the revolving door of the criminal justice system and save a generation of children while reunifying families and maintaining public safety.


Eliminating Illinois’ Educational Achievement Gap

 Resear1 An action plan developed from a symposium held on March 27, 2006 sponsored by the Illinois African American Family Commission and Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Office of the Associate Chancellor for Diversity and the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. Policy makers, educators and community activists were gathered together to formulate recommendations for eliminating the debilitating disparities in academic performance.


Southern Illinois Forum

 Resear1 On June 25, 2005, the Illinois African American Family Commission convened a forum at Southern Illinois University to assess the needs of African American families in the state’s southern region. The forum focused on child welfare, economic development, criminal justice, health, welfare, human relations,    and education. Some of the agencies and individuals represented included: the Illinois Department of Employment Security, Southern Illinois University, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, the Illinois Prisoner Review Board, the Illinois Department of Human Services, the Illinois Department of Corrections, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, the Carbondale Human Relations Commission, the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute,  and a wide array of civic leaders and private citizens.


Social and Economic Profile of African Americans in Illinois

 databk1cover2 Compiled and published by the African American Family Commission and the African American Family Research Institute, this document presents facts regarding many challenges faced by African Americans in Illinois.  Tables and charts are included relative to: demographics, education, employment and income, poverty, housing, health, child welfare and criminal justice. The geographical areas covered encompass the state of Illinois and select Illinois counties (those with the largest African American populations).


State of The African American Family Symposium (2004)

 State_of_The_African-Amer_Fam_Symp_Cover2 The African American Family Commission, the African American Family Research Institute, the Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Institute for Research on Race & Public Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago, convened a symposium on April 6, 2004 to access the state of the African American family and community.  The symposium brought together advocates, consumers, practitioners, policymakers and researchers from across the state.


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Additional Child Welfare Facts:

African American children represented 77% (35,499) of the 46,103 children in the Illinois foster care system in FY’98.
Of the 43 agencies with Home of Relative contracts in FY’99 (representing 37% of the child welfare agencies in Cook County), 16 were African American.
Of the 16 agencies, 75% (12) provided a wide array of human services in addition to child welfare services.
Ten of the agencies referenced above have been in existence between five and eighty years.
The majority of the African American child welfare agencies, like most agencies, are managed by competent, degreed professionals.  Most are accredited by the  Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children (COA) or other accrediting bodies and are licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
African American child welfare agency staff are qualified and capable of providing child welfare services.  These agencies face the same risk factors in caring for children as other child welfare agencies, but may face greater scrutiny.
African American agencies with Home of Relative contracts in FY’99, cared for 5,728 children who represent 28% of that population in Cook County.
African American agencies contributed significantly in securing permanent families for children, which resulted in Illinois receiving national and presidential recognition.  In FY’99, African American agencies achieved 30% or 1,757 permanent family placements for the nearly 5, 900 children under the Home of Relative performance contract.
Of the 16 agencies that have Home of Relative contracts, 94% performed at or above the required permanency contract goal.
Of the child welfare agencies that were classified as the top ten performers, 43% were African American agencies.  Those agencies accounted for 44% of the children who received permanent families.