Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content


  1. DCFS
  2. About Us
  3. Impact Public Policy

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. Diane Cottrell is the chairperson of the membership committee. For additional information, please contact her at (708) 210- 3716. The Council has several standing committees for which employee participation is encouraged.

Membership list


Meeting Dates


​Meeting Agendas Meeting Minutes​
March 16, 2017 Meeting Agenda
February 23, 2017 Meeting Agenda February 23, 2017 Meeting Minutes
January 19, 2017 Meeting Agenda
December 2, 2016 Meeting Minutes
April 21, 2016 Meeting Agenda ​April 21, 2016 Meeting Minutes
March 17, 2016 Meeting Agenda March 17, 2016 Meeting Minutes
January 21, 2016 Meeting Agenda
November 19, 2015 Meeting Minutes
May 21, 2015 Meeting Agenda
April 16, 2015 Meeting Agenda
March 19, 2015 Meeting Agenda March 19, 2015 Meeting Minutes
February 19, 2015 Meeting Agenda February 19, 2015 Meeting Minutes
January 21, 2015 Meeting Agenda January 21, 2015 Meeting Minutes