Through our Ahlquist Center for Policy, Practice and Innovation, Children’s Home & Aid utilizes the collective voices, skills, and wisdom of its staff, volunteers, and advocacy partners to actively engage our lawmakers, rule makers, and supporters, by providing education and information to ensure sound public policies on behalf of children and families.
Children and Families Need You
As of July 1 thousands of state contracts to care for hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans will be suspended, because the state cannot legally pay for services without a budget.
It is critical that Governor Rauner and legislators get serious and agree to an adequate budget now! The cost of failure is high. Even a short shutdown creates immediate, deep damage to human lives. We don’t operate assembly lines or lay pavement. We take care of people – human lives that don’t have on-off switches.
Without a budget, there will be no winners and countless losers.
What Can I Do?
You Can Email or Pick up the phone and call your elected officials
We provide you with everything you need to send an email or make the call.
Tell the Governor and your state legislators that this is not a game. Demand that they find a solution and agree on a responsible budget NOW!
You made the call, now ask other to act as well
Click here to download an easy-to-print one pager that will explain the budget crisis and gives directions on how to act.
You can also use the icons below to easily share this page on social media and encourage others to take action as well.
Do you have a story to tell?
Sharing the stories of the children and families we serve is one of the most effective ways to convey to elected officials how vital our work is. If you have a story you are willing to share, we have two easy ways for you to let us know. Call (or toll free at 877-219-2077) and record your story, or fill out this simple online form.