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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.

FCAN’s Advocacy Task Force was developed and began advocating for additional options for families interested in making future care plans for their children.

Through FCAN’s advocacy work, the Illinois legislature passed standby guardianship and short-term guardianship laws in Illinois.

FCAN recommended the development of Cook County’s first comprehensive permanency-planning project for HIV-affected families and caregivers.

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.

FCAN began the Red Ribbon Trails program and held its first family camp for HIV-affected families in Hudson, IL. 

FCAN’s advocacy efforts led to passage of the nation’s first standby adoption legislation.

FCAN held its first retreat specifically for HIV-infected adolescents.