Diane is hard at work in seeking family centered child welfare reforms in several areas and with several groups that she works with closely.  Families need a fair child welfare system.  You can help.

Diane co-leads United Family Advocates, a national bi-partisan family advocacy network that Diane started after the 2016 Presidential election.  The group seeks these important changes in the child welfare system's "business as usual": 

  • Tighten the standards for removing children from their homes to focus on safety;

  • Assure due process in register appeals;

  • End anonymous Hotline reports;

  • Stop terminating parental rights simply because a parent is incarcerated.

  • End the confusion of poverty with neglect and help families in poverty with supports they need to keep their families intact;

  • Create accountability and due process in "safety plans" that coercively separate families;

  • Establish timelines to end meritless investigations expeditiously so innocent families can get on with their lives; and

  • Help to end the terrible overuse of foster care for minority and poor families.

As we make progress in our goals, we will notify our supporters. Please sign up (see contacts page) to become a supporter of family-based child welfare reform. 

Diane is also the president of the board of an exciting new Illinois based child welfare advocacy group called the Family Justice Resource Center, whose executive director is Michelle Weidner.

Diane also (since December 2018) is the legal consultant to Let Grow, working with this important national advocacy group (on a part-time basis) to expand children’s rights to reasonable independence (and protect their parents from neglect charges). Read about Diane’s work with Let Grow here. Diane works wtih Let Grow on policies that will better protect children and family rights.

Protecting children and family rights before the United States Supreme Court (  Camreta v. Greene   argument). Diane coordinated 18 friend fo the court briefs on behalf of the mother and child who sued over the in-school seizure of a 9-year-old girl in this 2011 case.

Protecting children and family rights before the United States Supreme Court (Camreta v. Greene argument). Diane coordinated 18 friend fo the court briefs on behalf of the mother and child who sued over the in-school seizure of a 9-year-old girl in this 2011 case.

DIANE IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF THIS I THIS IMPORTANT NEW ORGANIZATION: SEE WWW.FAMJUSTICE.ORG

DIANE IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF THIS I THIS IMPORTANT NEW ORGANIZATION: SEE WWW.FAMJUSTICE.ORG


Diane works on strengthening state and national advocacy networks as a member of the ABA’s National Alliance for Parent Representation, pictured at a Chicago meeting in May 2018.

Diane works on strengthening state and national advocacy networks as a member of the ABA’s National Alliance for Parent Representation, pictured at a Chicago meeting in May 2018.

Diane writes and speaks about the reforms UFA and its members are promoting.. She is also building a national friend-of- the-court briefing network of attorneys who are helping to protect children by defending their families' rights. 

Diane also works on increasing access to justice in her role as member of the ABA Center on Children and the Law’s National Alliance for Parent Representation.

To reach Diane, email her at familydefenseconsulting@gmail.com or use the contact sheet on this web page.