Candace Ousley’s journey from growing up on the West Side of Chicago to becoming a dedicated advocate for children and youth is inspiring. Her roots in Chicago’s West Side gave her firsthand insight into the challenges and resource disparities that can exist in underserved communities. Her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Bradley University and her master’s degree in human services from Concordia University Chicago equipped her with the knowledge and skills needed to work effectively in social services. 

As an Adoption Specialist at the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), Candace played a critical role in reuniting children with their families and ensuring they had access to the necessary resources. This work is essential to her because it supports children’s well-being and provides them with a stable environment. 

In her previous role as a Counselor at the Chicago Jesuit Academy, she helped alumni find meaningful employment and a forward path. She showed her dedication by supporting young people as they transition into adulthood. This work can contribute to breaking the cycles of poverty and providing opportunities for success. Candace Ousley’s career highlights the importance of individuals like her who are dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth, particularly in underserved communities.