Author Reading: "They Took the Kids Last Night" by Diane L. Redleaf

Join us at City Lit Books on Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 at 6:30 pm for reading from They Took the Kids Last Night: How the Child Protection System Puts Families at Risk with author Diane L. Redleaf.

They Took the Kids Last Night shows a rarely exposed side of America's contemporary struggle to address child abuse, telling the stories of loving families who were almost destroyed by false allegations—readily accepted by caseworkers, doctors, the media, and, too often, the courts.

Each of the six wrongly accused families profiled in this book faced an epic and life-changing battle when child protection caseworkers came to their homes to take their kids. In each case, a child had an injury whose cause was unknown; it could have been due to an accident, a medical condition, or abuse. Each family ultimately exonerated itself and restored its family life, but still bears scars from the experience that will never disappear. The book tells why and how the child protection system failed these families. It also examines the larger flaws in our country's child protection safety net that is supposed to sort out the innocent from the guilty in order to protect children.

"The idea that you can bring your beloved child to the emergency room for a bump and find yourself accused of child abuse sounds like a bad dream. Terrifyingly, it's real life for the stunned parents in this book―and the Atticus Finch who goes to bat for them: Diane L. Redleaf." -- Lenore Skenazy, President of Let Grow and founder of Free-Range Kids

Diane L. Redleaf has been a leading family defense attorney and policy advocate for over three decades. Since she graduated from Stanford Law School in 1979, she has led dozens of successful class action suits, appeals and policy reform initiatives on behalf of families. She became a partner in the law firm Lehrer and Redleaf in 1996. From 2005 until 2017, she served as Executive Director and Legal Director of the Family Defense Center in Chicago, an agency she founded. In 2017, she expanded her national child welfare reform efforts through United Family Advocates, a national bipartisan child protection policy advocacy network that she initiated in the fall of 2016. Redleaf has taught at the University of Chicago Law School and Loyola Law School. She has led dozens of class action suits and appeals and has won several awards for her precedent-setting work and leadership, including the Chicago Bar Association Alliance for Women's Founder's Award and the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from her alma mater, Carleton College. For more information, see and



Event date: 
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
City Lit Books
2523 N. Kedzie Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60647
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ISBN: 9781440866289
Availability: Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Praeger - October 31st, 2018