• FCAN
  • FCAN
  • FCAN

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Organizational Timeline
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.