April Curtis is an alumna of the Illinois child welfare system and a graduate University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. April works to help youth in care solve problems, advocate for themselves, and improve their lives, and is a strong advocate for sibling rights and advocates so that other youth will be spared the pain of sibling separation that she endured while in foster care. She successfully advocated for a law preserving sibling relationships. She presents nationally to child welfare audiences on the importance of sibling bonds, life-long connections, and permanency for youth in care older youth.
Honors April has received include Hispanic Advisory Committee 2001 Youth Advocate of the Year, Chicago Area Project Exemplary Leadership 2001, and Child Welfare League of America’s 2002 National Service Award, and North American Council on Adoptable Children 2003 Youth Advocate of the Year. April currently sits on the IDCFS Latino Advisory Committee and is fluent in Spanish.