A Message from LCFS’ President & CEO

  •  April 21, 2021

Yesterday’s verdict held Derek Chauvin accountable for the taking of George Floyd’s life. And while this is an important step in our nation’s fight against systemic racism, it is by no means the end of our journey to dismantle institutional racism and bring about racial equity for all people of color.

Today, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of George Floyd and with Black and Brown communities who have long suffered at the hands of systemic racism.

Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois is committed to pursuing racial equity practices internally through our work with children and families of color as well as within the systems where we operate. We strive to listen to all voices and have the uncomfortable conversations that are necessary to bring about change.

As an agency that strives to be anti-racist, we want so badly for things to change. This is a long-term fight and we can’t let distractions or setbacks sidetrack us from our goal. We must continue to stand up and speak out against inequities and injustice.

We are more committed than ever to dismantle systemic racism brick by brick and help children and families of color thrive.

Mike Bertrand
LCFS President and CEO

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