The Child Welfare Evidence & Innovation Blog is edited by Patrick Lester, a Senior Consultant with the Ahlquist Center for Policy, Practice & Innovation at Children’s Home & Aid.

Children’s Home & Aid is a leading child and family service agency in Illinois, serving nearly 30,000 children and families each year in over 60 counties. We partner with children, youth and families whose potential is at risk to create hope, opportunity, and bright futures. Since 1883, Children’s Home & Aid has been a leader in responding to the changing needs of disadvantaged children and families in Illinois and shaping public policies in child welfare, early childhood and youth services.

In 2013, Children’s Home & Aid launched the Ahlquist Center for Policy, Practice & Innovation to advocate, innovate and lead the call for better outcomes for children, youth and families in Illinois.