Diane L. Redleaf

PRINCIPAL, FAMILY DEFENSE CONSULTING; 

FOUNDER AND CO-CHAIR, UNITED FAMILY ADVOCATES

AUTHOR, THEY TOOK THE KIDS LAST NIGHT: HOW THE CHILD PROTECTION SYSTEM PUTS FAMILIES AT RISK (PRAEGER, OCTOBER,, 2018)

 
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Protecting children by defending families' rights for decades.

 
 
 
 
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Dedicated to changing the system to make it better and fairer.

As the Founder, Executive Director/Legal Director of the Family Defense Center (2005-2016) and its Legal Director (2016-2017), Diane Redleaf initiated and co-led over a dozen civil rights cases and changed the law in Illinois through precedential cases. The agency she sued dozens of times (DCFS) credited her with making the system "better and fairer." Her work exonerated tens of thousands of families and advancing the rights of families to remain together.  She continued her pioneering work in 2017-2018 at the National Center on Housing and Child Welfare, recently stepping down from that position in order to work on the launch of her book, build her consulting practice, Family Defense Consulting, and support the new Family Justice Resource Center (as a volunteer in the position of the President of its Board of Directors.

Through all her professional and community service activities, Diane builds on her decades of work as a pioneering leader in protecting the rights of families to raise their children.

 
 Diane L. Redleaf has worked for over 35 years to help families. As a civil rights lawyer, poverty lawyer, and child welfare lawyer for decades, Diane has helped forge many precedents in favor of family rights. She has worked on cases pending in administrative, trial and appellate state and federal courts all the way to case in the United States Supreme Court. Now she is focusing on making change in federal policy, working with many other nationally-respected advocates for families.

Diane L. Redleaf has worked for over 35 years to help families. As a civil rights lawyer, poverty lawyer, and child welfare lawyer for decades, Diane has helped forge many precedents in favor of family rights. She has worked on cases pending in administrative, trial and appellate state and federal courts all the way to case in the United States Supreme Court. Now she is focusing on making change in federal policy, working with many other nationally-respected advocates for families.

 Diane's forthcoming book,  They Took The Kids Last Night,  tells dramatic stories of innocent families Diane and her colleagues have defended in trials, appeals, civil rights cases and policy arenas.

Diane's forthcoming book, They Took The Kids Last Night, tells dramatic stories of innocent families Diane and her colleagues have defended in trials, appeals, civil rights cases and policy arenas.


 
 
 

The child welfare system in America is broken.  Diane Redleaf is working to fix that.

A tireless child and family advocate for decades, Diane aims to change the system to protect children by defending their parents rights to raise them--and get support they need. 

 
 
 
 
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