A mother with her two children.

Annie E. Casey Foundation

June 18, 2019 - News Local/State

Report Highlights Racial Inequities Among Children

Looking at the well-being of Illinois’ children through a racial lens shows big disparities, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual KIDS count report.

The Autism Program

June 10, 2019 - News Local/State

Spotlight on The Autism Program: Helping Central Illinois Families Access Services & Support

The Autism Program on the University of Illinois Urbana campus is a statewide network of agencies that provides resources and services for children and adults with autism. Illinois Public Media spoke with the program’s director, Linda Tortorelli, about the challenges people with autism face living in central Illinois and how The Autism Program aims to help.

John Minchillo/AP

June 04, 2019 - The 21st Show

How To Talk About Tornadoes; Childhood Well-Being In Illinois; Chicagoan Climbs Mount Everest

For almost two weeks, there were reports of at least 8 tornadoes across the country. Many of those were here in the Midwest. Why this is happening, and how can we talk to kids about it? Plus, a new report from the Erikson Institute looks into early childhood well-being. And, we'll speak with Alex Pancoe, a Highland Park native who recently got back from climbing Mount Everest during a deadly climbing season. 

Jenny Kane/AP

May 23, 2019 - The 21st Show

Seniors And Misinformation; ‘Leaps Of Faiths’ Documentary; Veteran Caregiver Mindfulness

Figuring out what’s true or false online can be tricky for everyone, but it turns out older Americans are especially vulnerable to misinformation on social media. Plus, caregivers for veterans are often under a lot of stress. We’ll talk about a new study that shows how mindfulness therapy can help. But first, the number of interfaith marriages has been increasing for years. So what does that mean when it comes to raising religious kids? Two Chicago filmmakers ask that question in a new documentary called 'Leaps Of Faiths.'

Gov. J.B. Priztker and DCFS Acting Director Marc Smith announced plans to overhaul the department's troubled Intact Family Services unit.

Dana Vollmer/NPR Illinois

May 16, 2019 - News Local/State

Gov. Pritzker Announces DCFS Overhaul

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced plans Wednesday to overhaul the state’s troubled child welfare system. That comes after a report criticized the Department of Children and Family Services’ reluctance to remove children from their homes.

Anne Polston holds her 2-year-old granddaughter.

Lisa Gillespie/Side Effects Public Media

May 15, 2019 - News Local/State

Grandparents Are Raising Their Grandkids. Blame Opioids.

About 100,000 Kentucky children are being raised by people other than their parents – a number that puts Kentucky above all other states. Many of these cases are because of issues stemming the opioid epidemic: incarceration, abuse or neglect; and a great number of grandparents are raising these children. This can put a grandparent in a difficult situation in a state where many people live in poverty and have big health issues.

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