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African American Advisory Council

The African American Advisory Council assists the Department of Children and Family Services in providing culturally sensitive, appropriate and competent services to African Americans. The Council functions as an advisor to the DCFS Director in provision of services to African American employees, clients and its contractual agents in the following areas: recruitment, employment, community relations and development, and professional development issues.

The council’s by-laws stipulate a membership consisting of a maximum of 31 Department employees. The Council is a statewide organization, with 72 percent of the members from Cook County and 28 percent from the remaining three downstate regions. This formula reflects the proportion of African Americans within Cook and downstate.

Employees may become members by submitting a brief narrative noting their interests in problems and issues affecting African Americans. As vacancies on the Council occur, those individuals who have submitted narratives will be interviewed.
Robin Albritton is the chairperson of the membership committee. For additional information, please contact her at 312-814-5550. The Council has several standing committees for which employee participation is encouraged.

Membership list


Meeting Dates


​Meeting Agendas Meeting Minutes​
February 18, 2021 Meeting Agenda
January 21, 2021 Meeting Agenda
October 15, 2020 Meeting Agenda
September 17, 2020 Meeting Agenda
August 19, 2020 Meeting Agenda
July 16, 2020 Meeting Agenda
June 18, 2020 Meeting Agenda
May 21, 2020 Meeting Agenda
​April 16, 2020 Meeting Cancellation Notice
​March 19, 2020 Meeting Agenda
​February 20, 2020 Meeting Agenda
January 16, 2020 Meeting Agenda
​December 19, 2019 Meeting Agenda
​November 21, 2019 Meeting Agenda
​September 17, 2019 Meeting AgendaSeptember 19, 2019 Meeting Minutes
​August 30, 2019 Meeting Agenda​August 30, 2019 Meeting Minutes
May 16, 2019 Meeting Agenda​May 16, 2019 Meeting Minutes
April 18, 2019 Meeting Agenda​April 18, 2019 Meeting Minutes
​March 21, 2019 Meeting AgendaMarch 21, 2019 Meeting Minutes
​February 22, 2019 Meeting Agenda
January 25, 2019 Meeting AgendaJanuary 25, 2019 Meeting Minutes