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United Voices for Children is a coalition of congregations, agencies, groups and individuals in the Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church that speaks and acts on behalf of children, youth and families in need.

News

Observe Children's Sabbath This Fall

The 2016 National Observance of Children’s Sabbath is coming up October 21-23. Children’s Sabbath, sponsored by the Children’s Defense Fund, is an interfaith celebration in which congregations hold special worship services, education programs, and advocacy activities to engage people of faith in the lives of children and their families.

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Trauma Workshops Offered for Congregations

ChildServ and Rosecrance have teamed-up to offer workshops to help equip our churches to learn how to recognize and empathically engage those who are suffering from trauma.

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United Voices for Children Announces Annual Awards

United Voices for Children has announced the recipients of its 2016 annual awards for outstanding advocacy and service for children and youth in Northern Illinois.

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Blog

Empowering Voices of Child Advocates

“Don’t wait to use your voice!” read my notes from the 2016 Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy sponsored by the Children’s Defense Fund. Often, those of us who are called to protect and support children and youth hesitate to speak up. If you, like me, hesitate, at times, to use the full power of your voice, the Proctor Institute is a place to be inspired, renewed and informed.

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Kids at risk

Folks who write about kids at risk use “evidence-based” data to tell us what’s happening “on the ground.” This is the one certainty whenever we evaluate the adolescent experience of drugs and/or alcohol. What they experience as an “upper” eventually becomes a downer. And when they land, they land hard. Sometimes upside-down—but always on the ground.

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Summer is Over

Summer is over. It's okay. Schools are preparing to open their doors for another year of learning as it ought to be.

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