The Moran Center’s attorneys and social workers provide integrated legal and social work services to address the critical needs of Evanston youth and their families. The Moran Center’s services are free to qualifying individuals.
Our Expungement & Sealing Help Desk at the Skokie Courthouse serves any individual with a Cook County criminal record, regardless of age or income.
For all other programs, participants must (1) reside within Evanston Township; (2) be 26 or younger or a parent of a school-aged child; (3) live at or below 80% of poverty as determined by HUD.
JUSTICE IN THE COURTROOM
We believe all children and their families deserve quality legal representation regardless of their ability to pay. Our talented, experienced legal team advocates for children and their families to ensure they have equal access to justice in:
- Juvenile Court;
- Criminal Court;
- Clearing Criminal Records (youth and adults) through the Moran Center’s Expungement & Sealing Help Desk; and
- Civil Legal Proceedings through the Moran Center’s School-Based Civil Legal Clinic.
Our legal representation is combined with social work services for a non-traditional approach that leverages the request for legal assistance to help youth and their families address social and emotional challenges at home, in school, or in social interaction with others. Our social workers provide outreach, case management, short-term crisis intervention, and individual counseling.
ACCESS TO THE CLASSROOM
We believe all children deserve an equitable education and that our schools provide additional support for children with special needs, learning disabilities, mental health challenges or traumatic experiences.
Our Education Advocacy Program represents:
- Children with special needs in school; and
- Students confronting exclusion from school.
The Moran Center has also recently teamed up with Evanston CASE to form the ‘Parent Partners Program,’ pairing caregivers with experience in advocating within the education system with parents new to the process for support.
SUPPORT IN THE COMMUNITY
We believe all young people have a unique propensity to change when given the opportunity. Our dedicated social work team restores lives by providing wrap-around, community-based social work services including:
- Case Management;
- Trauma-informed therapy;
- Crisis Intervention;
- Conflict resolution; and
- Anger management.
Our long-term vision includes promoting a “restorative community” through implementing restorative practices and policies across government, schools, nonprofits, and businesses.
We also advocate for criminal justice reform, racial justice, LGBTQ rights, immigrant rights, affordable housing, and meaningful second-chances for formerly incarcerated individuals. Outreach and advocacy is a growing component of our agency’s mission – we proudly partner with the Family Action Network (FAN) and numerous other organizations dedicated to social justice for educational trainings, resource fairs, conferences, speaker events and other opportunities to educate, inspire and mobilize support to serve client needs and address systemic inequity.