1985: A group of health care and social service providers organized FCAN, the Families’ and Children’s AIDS Network, to address the unique needs of their clients.
1992: FCAN’s Advocacy Task Force was developed and began advocating for additional options for families interested in making future care plans for their children.
1993: Through FCAN’s advocacy work, the Illinois legislature passed standby guardianship and short-term guardianship laws in Illinois.
1995: FCAN recommended the development of Cook County’s first comprehensive permanency-planning project for HIV-affected families and caregivers.
1996: FCAN worked with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to develop and institute the Family Options program, which provides holistic permanency planning services to HIV-affected families in Cook County, Illinois.
1997: FCAN began the Red Ribbon Trails program and held its first family camp for HIV-affected families in Hudson, IL.
1999: FCAN’s advocacy efforts led to passage of the nation’s first standby adoption legislation.
2007: FCAN held its first retreat specifically for HIV-infected adolescents.