Families and Communities Should be Thriving Together

The members of Parents Overcoming Welfare-system Regulation(s) (P.O.W.R.) are building an advocacy space created by and for parents to fight the foster care system's surveillance, separation, and marginalization of families, particularly Black families and families experiencing poverty. We're working to help reform the child welfare system to keep families intact.

"Helping impacted parents to become impactful parents."

Parents and families whose lives have been harmed by contact with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) are working toward a world in which families are together, safe, honored, supported, and thriving in their communities.


Leading decision-making and action for all advocacy work that takes place to change policies affecting families involved in the child welfare system.


Supporting each other to hold space for experiences of harm, find healing, build relationships, and prevent the child welfare system from continuing to cause harm to families.


Advocating for the investment in a community-based approach to prioritizing reunification for families.