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Title: February Forum: "Other People's Kids" - The Future of Parental Involvement and P...
Post by: IAPC on Feb 04, 2007, 10:21:13 PM
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"Other People's Kids"
The Future of Parental Involvement and Parental Rights in Illinois
Town Hall Forum

Parental notification. School choice. Sex education. Mandatory HIV and mental health screening. DCFS reform. Contested divorce and child custody. How much government do we need in the family? What is the future of parental rights in Illinois? How can we ensure maximum parental involvement and minimal state intrusion across all areas of society where children are impacted?
Please join the Illinois Alliance for Parents and Children as we explore an important public dialog on critical issues that impact parental rights and parental involvement in Illinois.

Our focus is to shed new light on these issues in an effort to help educate parents and policymakers on the need to modify our public policy in order to strengthen and support parental rights and parental involvement.

Joining us for this event will be a unique group of subject matter experts who are well-versed on these issues. They include:

Dr. Mark Rogers. Dr. Rogers is an adjunct instructor at the Chicago School for Professional Psychology. In addition to his academic role, he is also a trained Mediator and child custody expert. He is also known for his participation in the Elian Gonzales case.

Diane Redleaf. Ms. Redleaf is perhaps one of the more legitimate parental rights attorneys in the country, having litigated the landmark DCFS case of Dupuy vs. Samuels for over 10 years here in Chicago, representing approximately 150,000 parents in this important class action lawsuit.

Dr. Kirk Harris. Dr. Harris is an education consultant residing in the Chicago area and participates on the Governor's Council on Responsible Fatherhood. He also serves as an advisor to the Illinois Alliance for Parents and Children, and is former Sr. Vice President and General Counsel of Family Support America.

The Honorable Patricia Martin Bishop. Judge Bishop is the Presiding Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County Child Protection Division, located in Chicago, working primarily on cases concerning termination of parental rights.

Michael McCormick. Mr. McCormick is known for his highly visible role as Executive Director for the American Coalition for Fathers and Children, located in Washington, D.C. Mr. McCormick has been featured on several nationally recognized news programs that have dealt with father absence and shared parenting.

Zena Crenshaw. Ms Crenshaw is Founder and Executive Director of the National Judicial Conduct and Disability Law Project, located in Crowne Point Indiana. Ms. Crenshaw brings over 20 years of experience with her as a litigator and whistleblower/advocate for parents and disabled persons.  

Other panelists: TBA

Invited guests include: ACLU of Illinois, Planned Parenthood, National Organization for Women, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, U.S. Senator Barack Obama, and more.

Moderator: The forum will be moderated by Terry Martin, Executive Director of the Illinois Channel, which will also record the event for public broadcast in March.

Event details:

Venue:       Thorne Auditorium
Location:    Northwestern University, Chicago
When:        Thursday, February 15, 2007
Time:         6:00 P.M.
Admission: $20.00 in advance; $30.00 on the day of the event.  
                 Student and academic admission: $7.00 with I.D.


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Title: RE: February Forum:
Post by: minicoopsmom on Feb 07, 2007, 06:58:31 PM
Wow, this is GREAT! It would be good to talk about this in an open forum and perhaps address the issues with the opposition to shared parenting.

I sure wish I could attend myself...except I'm in WA state.

Good luck with this town hall, we'll be there with you in spirit!