The Future of Our Agency

Dear Friends,

We are excited to share some important news about the future of our agency. Today, we announced that the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic acquired The Family Defense Center, a local organization that provides legal services to parents who become involved in the Illinois child welfare system.

Our combined non-profit organization provides expanded services focused on holistic legal advocacy and systemic reform. As part of this acquisition, we plan to unveil a new name and brand at our Celebration of Courage 2019 event.

This is an opportunity to enhance our services and expand the ways we can empower and assist our clients. This combination will ultimately strengthen our communities by meeting the needs of individuals and families impacted by gender-based violence or the child welfare system.


Margaret Duval
Executive Director

Paige Tinkham Barr
Board President

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