Where Families Come First!

The Center of Law and Social Work (CLSW) has been preserving families, providing hope and protecting lives throughout the State of Illinois since 2003. Our mission is to achieve the best outcomes for families, young adults, and children by providing the highest quality services. We believe that all families, regardless of financial circumstances, should have equal access to legal and social work services in order to remain stable and secure. In the beginning, CLSW focused on providing legal assistance for the growing population of grandparents raising grandchildren.


Each year, CLSW strategically expanded its legal and social services. Today, CLSW manages the Adoption Listing Service for the State of Illinois and provides relative, non-relative, second parent, step-parent, adoption services as well as DCFS foster parent adoption and post adoption services. In addition to our DCFS funded services, we offer all of our private legal and/or social services on a sliding fee scale based on income.


In 2017, CLSW acquired Porchlight Counseling Services and added specialized sexual assault therapy to our array of crisis counseling services programming. PCS has existed to help college sexual assault survivors achieve healing and wholeness and to create a world in which a person’s life is not defined by the devastating experience of sexual assault. The program provides counseling, advocacy, and other supportive services to the survivors of campus sexual assault, with the goal to provide high-quality, long-term counseling at no charge to the client.


The Center for Law and Social Work believes that everyone should be treated equally, regardless of their religion, beliefs, age, gender, race, disability or sexual orientation

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We are proud to announce Pamela Sherrod Anderson as an 2019 Impact Gala awardee! Pamela is an award-winning writer, filmmaker, journalist, educator, and playwright. Her documentary, The G Force, tells the story of grandparents raising grandchildren. A screening of the G Force will take place on Sunday, February 17th at 3 PM at Chicago Fillmmakers. We hope you can make it and experience Pamela's incredible documentary on February 17th and also join us in awarding Pam at our Impact Gala on April 11th!


Executive Director Maria Nanos, Pamela Sherrod Anderson, and Associate Director Ruth McMahon

Adoption Listing Service of Illinois

CLSW is home to the Adoption Listing Service and Inquiries Unit, a program of DCFS.

To learn more about the Adoption Listing Service of Illinois, contact Sandra Casillas at 800-572-2390.