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How We Work

Children need advocates — adults who hold public officials accountable for public policies that impact children. They need adults who understand that an investment in our children are investments in long-term solutions and the future of our state. 

Voices for Illinois Children examines conditions facing children and their families and proposes research-based solutions. We also seek the input of family and community members when determining policy initiatives. We publish a range of reports, draft legislation, comment on rules and regulations, and communicate and deliberate with legislators and policymakers. Through social marketing campaigns, public communications, and media outreach, we build the public awareness — and public will — that empowers families and communities to speak up for all children.

Voices staff members lead task forces, serve on Governor-appointed commissions, and serve on state agency advisory boards and committees, some of which include:

Commissions and Councils:
Budgeting for Results Commission
Commission to End Hunger
Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership (statutory council appointed by the Governor)
Illinois Human Services Commission
Illinois Early Learning Council
Illinois P-20 Council
Illinois Poverty Commission
Illinois Youth Development Council
Mental Health Services Strategic Planning Task Force (created by the General Assembly)

Advisory Boards:
Illinois Department of Human Services’ Child Care Advisory Council

Committees:
Advisory Committee to the Education Funding Advisory Board
Home Visiting Task Force of the Early Learning Council

Learn more about our key partners in advocacy: