WE SUPPORT THE RIGHT OF ALL PARENTS TO RAISE THEIR CHILDREN, AND THE RIGHT OF CHILDREN TO BE RAISED BY THEIR PARENTS. YOU CAN HELP MAKE THAT RIGHT A REALITY

WE SUPPORT THE RIGHT OF ALL PARENTS TO RAISE THEIR CHILDREN, AND THE RIGHT OF CHILDREN TO BE RAISED BY THEIR PARENTS. YOU CAN HELP MAKE THAT RIGHT A REALITY

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Diane is involved with several groups that are seeking bi-partisan child welfare reforms that will make it possible for families to raise their children without fear of child protection agencies imposing their own (bad) parenting judgments, blacklisting innocent parents, and preventing children from growing up in the safety and stability of their own homes.

 

Diane's Blog will include upcoming events and activities so please read the blog and the resources in this web page for specific information about the issues that Diane is working on. 

Please contact Diane (use the contact sheet) to do any of the the following:

  • Host an event in your community where Diane Redleaf can speak;

  • Share your own contacts with policy makers with Diane;

  • Start your own parent-led network of advocates for change in the child welfare system;

  • Share your own story or encourage others to speak out;

  • Support one of the member groups in United Family Advocates or the Family Justice Resource Center through a donation.

Child welfare reform requires all of us to join together

 Michele Weidner (left) and Mary Broderick (middle) are both personally affected parent dynamos who had helped countless families who are wrongly accused. They are the most effective advocates for a better fairer system. Melissa Staas (right), has done heroic legal work to exonerate innocent families in medically-involved cases. Proceeds from Diane's forthcoming book will support the work of these three advocates.

Michele Weidner (left) and Mary Broderick (middle) are both personally affected parent dynamos who had helped countless families who are wrongly accused. They are the most effective advocates for a better fairer system. Melissa Staas (right), has done heroic legal work to exonerate innocent families in medically-involved cases. Proceeds from Diane's forthcoming book will support the work of these three advocates.

It takes advocates of all types. 

 Mimi Laver has done more than anyone to build a national network of advocates for a better, fairer child welfare system for families. As the Director of the National Alliance for Parent Representation at the American Bar Association's Children and Law Project, she has been a tireless advocate for the right to counsel for parents and children and for integrating effective social work and social service supports into family defense. Here she is pictured at the Family Defense Center's 10 year anniversary, (2015) where she was one of 10 specially recognized contributors to the Family Defense Center. (Diane received the Family Defender Award at the same gala and is pictured  here  with her parents).

Mimi Laver has done more than anyone to build a national network of advocates for a better, fairer child welfare system for families. As the Director of the National Alliance for Parent Representation at the American Bar Association's Children and Law Project, she has been a tireless advocate for the right to counsel for parents and children and for integrating effective social work and social service supports into family defense. Here she is pictured at the Family Defense Center's 10 year anniversary, (2015) where she was one of 10 specially recognized contributors to the Family Defense Center. (Diane received the Family Defender Award at the same gala and is pictured here with her parents).

 Two stellar advocates for justice who have been Diane's friends, advisors and colleagues for decades, Rita McLennon and Rene Heybach. Rita led the Shriver Center and the National Clearinghouse for Legal Services for many years and Rene was the first Director fo the Law Project for the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, whose work with Diane in the  Norman  case inspired Ruth White in forming the National Center on Housing and Child Welfare.

Two stellar advocates for justice who have been Diane's friends, advisors and colleagues for decades, Rita McLennon and Rene Heybach. Rita led the Shriver Center and the National Clearinghouse for Legal Services for many years and Rene was the first Director fo the Law Project for the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, whose work with Diane in the Norman case inspired Ruth White in forming the National Center on Housing and Child Welfare.

 Advocacy includes telling our stories and sharing our victories. Diane was interviewed on  Adelante , Channel WGN Chicago, September 17 2015), about the report she wrote "When Can Parents Let Children Be Alone." Telling the story of families who have been victims of child protection overreaching helped to bring about changes in policies affecting thousands of famlies.

Advocacy includes telling our stories and sharing our victories. Diane was interviewed on Adelante, Channel WGN Chicago, September 17 2015), about the report she wrote "When Can Parents Let Children Be Alone." Telling the story of families who have been victims of child protection overreaching helped to bring about changes in policies affecting thousands of famlies.