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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​
April 20, 2022 Joint Council Agenda
March 24, 2022 Meeting Agenda
February 17, 2022 Meeting Agenda
November 18, 2021 Meeting Agenda November 18, 2021 Meeting Minutes
September 23, 2021 Meeting Agenda
August 26, 2021 Meeting Agenda
July 15, 2021 Meeting Agenda
June 17, 2021 Meeting Minutes
February 18, 2021 Meeting AgendaFebruary 18, 2021 Meeting Minutes
January 21, 2021 Meeting AgendaJanuary 21, 2021 Meeting Minutes
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