The Family Defense Center held another Reunification event this year at the University of Illinois.


The Family Defense Center, Families Organizing for Child Welfare Justice, and Cabrini Green Legal Aid co-sponsord and jointly coordinated the 2017 National Reunification Day in Chicago, IL on June 3rd.


The Family Defense Center will be holding a Reunification Day Celebration on June 11th, 2016 at the University of Illinois. For more information see their facebook page here.


The Family Defense Center will be holding a Reunification Day Celebration on June 6th, 2015 at the Chicago Public Library, Logan Square Branch, from 1:30-3:30pm. They will be having a special panel made up of prior clients called "Turning Our Stories into Solutions."  Free childcare and light refreshments will be provided.  

More information here.


The Family Defense Center once again hosted a reunification day on Saturday, June 7, 2014. This was held at the Logan Square Library in Chicago. See the flyer


The Family Defense Center and other co-sponsors will be joining together to celebrate the  Fourth Annual State of Illinois Celebration of National Reunification Day on Saturday, June 15, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity High School in Chicago, Illinois. The theme for this year is “Our Stories: Tools for Change.” 

The event will feature relevant speakers and a lot of fun for families including a dance workshop, storytellers, face painting, and games.


Chicago’s 2012 Reunification celebration took place on June 2 and was hosted by the Family Defense Center. The event will take place at the Menomonee Club in Chicago, Illinois.

The theme will be “Telling Your Stories Of Separation & Reunification.” The event will feature:
• Remarks by Diane Redleaf, Family Defense Center Executive Director and Nationally Recognized Child and Family Advocate
• Panel of parents sharing their stories of separation and reunification;
• Workshop led by author and advocate Toni Hoy about ways to tell your own stories of separation and reunification;
• Children’s program, including a magician, face painters, games, prizes and a professional dance performance.  (Child care will be provided free of charge.)
• Food and Refreshments will be served.


Chicago’s National Reunification Day 2011 Event was hosted at the offices of the Family Defense Center, kicking off with a continental breakfast for all in attendance.
The event included a program recognizing families who have been reunited and those striving for reunification; the announcement of a new Parent Empowerment Program lecture and discussion series.

The program for adult participants included:

Executive Director Diane L. Redleaf discussed the Family Defense Center’s role in the Camreta/Alford v. Greene, the first case heard by the U. S. Supreme Court about child protection investigations in 21 years and the case’s practical implications for parents and families.

Nikki Lively, LCSW, University of Illinois-Chicago presented about the psychological effects of family separation on children and the importance of sibling reunification followed by discussion.

For the children there were crafts, games and other entertainment.