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April Curtis (USA)

April Curtis is an alumna of the Illinois child welfare system and a graduate University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. April works to help youth in care solve problems, advocate for themselves, and improve their lives, and is a strong advocate for sibling rights and advocates so that other youth will be spared the pain of sibling separation that she endured while in foster care. She successfully advocated for a law preserving sibling relationships. She presents nationally to child welfare audiences on the importance of sibling bonds, life-long connections, and permanency for youth in care older youth.

Honors April has received include Hispanic Advisory Committee 2001 Youth Advocate of the Year, Chicago Area Project Exemplary Leadership 2001, and Child Welfare League of America’s 2002 National Service Award, and North American Council on Adoptable Children 2003 Youth Advocate of the Year. April currently sits on the IDCFS Latino Advisory Committee and is fluent in Spanish.

April first attended IFCO in 2016 and offered her expertise and leadership to the youth track. She is an asset in the US for many organizations, including As CWLA National Foster Youth Advisory Council, founding board member of Foster Care Alumni Network of America, and youngest Board of Directors member for CWLA 2002. Being a careleaver and a former foster parent herself, as well as a consultant, April knows first hand what the experience of foster care is like from multiple lived-experiences and as a professional. April has 10 years of conference organizing experience, as well as governance experience on several national boards, and understands the commitment necessary to run an organization. Her dedication to youth and families is longstanding and steadfast, and I fully believe that she would be an asset to the future of IFCO, and we would be very lucky to have her talent and expertise on our board.