Chicago, IL — Recently, Governor-elect JB Pritzker announced the formation and members of the Healthy Children and Families Committee of the transition team at Children’s Home and Aid, the first social service agency JB visited while considering his run for governor. Chris Cox, President and CEO of Hoyleton Youth and Family Services was named to the Governor’s committee.
The Healthy Children and Families Committee will be chaired by state Sen. Heather Steans, Howard Brown Health President and CEO David Munar, and Children’s Home and Aid President and CEO Nancy Ronquillo.
“Our transition’s Healthy Children and Families Committee will focus on how we should rebuild social services, identify ways we can help children and families build better lives, and expand health care in this state,” said Governor-elect JB Pritzker. “Over the last few years, state funding for community organizations was cut and families were no longer receiving the services they needed to thrive, but we’re going to reverse course. As governor, I’ll be their partner, and together, we’ll confront challenges head on so families and children can thrive.”
“It’s time for Illinois to be a leader in this area and do something that’s big and bold,” said Cox. “The Governor-elect’s focus on the well-being of youth and families in our state and rebuilding social services is critical to Hoyleton’s work in 55 counties in Southern Illinois.
Since 1895, Hoyleton Youth and Family Services has grown to be one of Southern Illinois’ leaders in a wide array of services including residential, foster and adoptive services, community education, counseling, and services for emerging adults. Hoyleton is just one of 50 agencies nationally and the only agency in the Midwest implementing Cornell University’s Residential Child Care Project (CARE), a new research-based best practices model.