Diane L. Redleaf

LEGAL DIRECTOR, NATIONAL CENTER ON HOUSING AND CHILD WELFARE; 

PRINCIPAL, FAMILY DEFENSE CONSULTING;  AND

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.  Her work at the National Center on Housing and Child Welfare and at Family Defense Consulting builds on her decades of experience.

 
 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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