Loyola University Chicago

Center for the Human Rights of Children

Adam Avrushin, JD, Ph.D

Prior to joining Loyola, Mr. Avrushin served in leadership positions at several nonprofit organizations and worked as an attorney/guardian ad litem for children in state care. Most recently, he served as the Assistant Vice President of Community Program Development at the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago where he worked with community programs and funders to support services and activities within the Chicago community and abroad. Prior to this, he was the Associate Director of Youth Service Project, a youth service agency located on Chicago’s west side. In this capacity, he oversaw the organization’s programs that provided trauma-informed and positive youth development services to community youth while also working with stakeholders to continue building a safe and thriving Greater Humboldt Park community. Mr. Avrushin served as an Assistant Public Guardian with the Cook County Office of the Public Guardian where he successfully represented and advocated for hundreds of children in Illinois’ child welfare system.

Mr. Avrushin received his PhD from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration.  His doctoral dissertation, “The Meaning of ‘Child Caring’ in Post-ASFA Child Welfare Practice,” examines how money and funding for child welfare services impact how licensed child welfare workers think about the care children receive from foster parents and private child welfare agencies.