Children’s Advocates for Change

We will not rest until every Illinois child has every opportunity to flourish – regardless of race, ethnicity, or zip code.

Children’s Advocates for Change is an independent advocacy organization committed to the well-being of every Illinois child. We champion those policies and investments children need so that they are educated, healthy, and thriving.

Fact-Driven Child Advocacy

Using a racial equity lens, we analyze the data to identify the roadblocks that stand in the way of our children. Driven by the facts, we advocate for policies, legislation, and funding needed to remove the roadblocks so every child can step into the future they deserve.

Dynamic Foundational Values

  • Independent: We are not constrained by alliances with government agencies or dependent on public funding.
  • Bi-Partisan: Engage successfully, with equal clarity, appeal, and urgency across the political spectrum.
  • Stability: Honor history while infusing new thinking and enhancing our culture of proactive creativity
  • Visionary: A society in which children have their material, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs met as institutional imperatives, not periodic hand-outs.
  • Relentless: Pursue essential and creative solutions with diligence, persistence, and empathy until every child can embrace the hope of a bright future

Caring for the Entire Child

Children may not have a vote, but they can be heard. Young people are impacted in multiple and varied ways through the policies set by adults. Through our collective efforts, we provide a strong, amplified voice to advocate for legislation that secures the opportunities our children need to step into the future they deserve.

Legislation that Works For Children

Children’s Immediate needs must be addressed. The data demonstrates the needs – whether it’s safety, medical care, education, housing, or recreational activities – children thrive when their basic needs are met.

Latest News

From Our Blog

Economic Supports and Child Maltreatment

Across the country in Federal Fiscal Year 2021, there were 588,229 victims of child neglect and abuse based on reports from states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. That averages to a victimization rate of 8.1 per…

Illinois’ Tax System Widening Inequality

A new report by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) shows Illinois has the eighth most regressive state and local tax system in the country. A regressive tax system is one where low- and middle-income families pay a larger share…

State Child Tax Credit Activity

State child tax credits, like the federal child tax credit, can have a positive impact on a child’s health, education, and even future earnings. (See prior blog post.) Illinois House and Senate members introduced legislation this year in…

The Case for a State Child Tax Credit

History of the Federal Child Tax Credit When first established in 1997, the federal child tax credit in 2016 had a maximum value of $1,000 for children 16 and under. An individual had to earn more than $3,000 and the credit value phased into…

From the President

"Our work is centered on the whole child, using a racial equity lens, which gets to the heart of the matter. Whether it is structural racism, discriminatory public policies, or lack of resources, our charge is to remove any barrier that keeps a child from reaching his or her highest potential."

– Dr. Tasha Green Cruzat

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