Aug 11 event

On Wednesday, August 11, we gathered virtually to celebrate our agency partners, learn from four amazing speakers, honor NIC child advocates, and thank the churches and individuals who support our advocacy for Illinois children and families!  Click here to watch the video of the event.


CEJA: a way to care for God's earth

Scientists now agree that the repeated use and emission of fossil fuels has negatively affected the planet. Because of our behavior, the temperature of the earth has increased at an alarming rate, causing more wildfires, hurricanes and tornadoes to occur than in the past. The abundance of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere will harm future […]

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Child Tax Credit Payments a Welcome Respite

Families who qualify for the Child Tax Credit began to receive checks on July 15, 2021. Under President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan, the monies available to eligible families through the Child Tax Credit have increased substantially. In her article “Child Tax Credit 2021: Payment to be disbursed starting July 15- here’s when the money […]

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The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program

An old West African proverb originating in Nigeria states, “It takes a village or community to raise a child.” Throughout the pandemic, our “villages” were abruptly interrupted with an urgent alert to stay home and many parts of our communities—churches, schools, libraries, sporting events—were shut down as we collectively tried to be safe. Even though […]

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My experience with the UVC Board

Over the past two years, it has been an honor and a privilege to serve on the United Voices for Children board. I am a Deacon in the United Methodist Church who serves as the Recruitment Coordinator at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary for my primary appointment and at Urban Village Church, Chicago, for my secondary appointment. […]

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Public policy for struggling children and families

After being in this pandemic for almost two years, many vulnerable children and families are still struggling. It is critically important for faith communities to advocate for public policies that support children and families to counter the effects from both the pandemic and poverty. Therefore, we must tell our political leaders to support policies that […]

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Make the Most of Another Pandemic-Impacted School Year

Submitted by Emily Lipinsky, Director of Development for the Rosecrance Foundation and Vice President UVC Board As summer vacation winds down for students, a third pandemic-impacted school year approaches. Uncertainty and anxiety linger as people balance a wide range of priorities, including mental and emotional needs, to return to once-familiar ways of life, milestone celebrations […]

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