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OUR PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

The Moran Center’s services are free to qualifying individuals. Our Help Desk at the Skokie Courthouse serves any individual with a  Cook County criminal record.  For most other programs, eligible participants are (1) 21 or younger (or a parent of someone 21 or younger), (2) at or below 80% of poverty as determined by HUD, and (3) reside within the City of Evanston or attend school in Evanston.  Please refer to our individual programs to determine specific eligibility requirements.

Anyone can make a request for the Moran Center’s services. We accept referrals by:

  • In-person appointments
  • Phone – Call our office directly at 847-492-1410
  • Email – Click here to contact a staff member

If you are unsure about whether to make a referral, we encourage you to contact us. If the youth and family need language or other assistance in communicating with our office, please clearly indicate these needs when making your referral.  Here are frequently asked questions about our programs:

I WANT TO CLEAR MY RECORD

  • Expungement and Sealing Help Desk – The Moran Center provides criminal records expungement and sealing services to increase education, employment and housing opportunities. The Expungement and Sealing Help Desk at the Skokie Courthouse (5600 Old Orchard Road) is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. All are eligible to receive free advice and legal assistance in seeking expungement and sealing regardless of age or residency and are served on a first-come, first-served basis.

MY CHILD WAS ARRESTED

  • Juvenile Court – The Moran Center provides legal representation to Evanston youth charged with juvenile felonies and misdemeanors. Most of our cases are litigated out of the Second Municipal District Courthouse of Cook County (Skokie Courthouse).
  • Adult Criminal Court – The Moran Center provides legal representation to Evanston youth and young adults (21 or younger) charged with adult misdemeanors and felonies at the Skokie Courthouse.

MY CHILD NEEDS HELP AT SCHOOL

  • Special Education Legal Advocacy – The Moran Center provides legal representation and advocacy to parents of school-aged children in school special education matters at Evanston schools (District 65 or District 202). Our advocacy includes assistance with the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process, Manifestation Determination Reviews and other special education proceedings.

MY CHILD IS BEING SUSPENDED FROM SCHOOL

  • School Discipline – The Moran Center provides representation to parents of school-aged children who have been suspended, expelled or otherwise disciplined at an Evanston school.

I NEED A SPEAKER

  • Legal Rights Trainings – The Moran Center provides law-related education and training on a variety of topics including Knowing Your Rights and Responsibilities, Personal Advocacy and Empowerment, Restorative Justice, Navigating the Juvenile Justice System, Special Education Rights and Advocacy, Criminal Records: Expungement and Sealing and Education Boot Camp:  School Law 101.  These sessions enable us to engage in critical community outreach and educate students, parents, schools and community partners. 
  • Trauma-informed Social Work Trainings – The Moran Center provides trauma-informed training on a variety of social and emotional learning topics including Anger Management, Conflict Resolution, Personal Advocacy and Empowerment, Restorative Justice, and Violence Intervention and Prevention.  These sessions provide young people and adults with critical communication and problem solving skills and training.  Please contact the Moran Center for more information.

WHAT IF I DON’T LIVE IN EVANSTON?

  • Clearing  Criminal Records –  Our Help Desk at the Skokie Courthouse serves any individual with a  Cook County criminal record.
  • Legal Assistance –  Contact CARPLS at 312.738.9200 for free legal assistance for residents of Cook County.
  • Social Services – For a list of other agencies providing social services in Evanston and the Chicagoland area, click here.