It's About the Children

Pat's children's books enlighten readers about the real effects of homelessness on families. ORDER


Pat Van Doren
Honored by Congress!

PVD Foster

Congressman Bill Foster IL-11, D, thanks Pat for her tireless service on behalf of families and adults experiencing homelessness.

The event took place November 12, 2022, at Heritage Woods, Bolingbrook, IL. 

Cong Proclam

Volcano Book - 25th Anniversary - 2023! 

Watch a 5-min. adaptation of the
Volcano book

as created and performed by members of
Christ United Methodist Church, Algonquin, IL


Where Can I Build My Volcano?

The iconic story of a little girl's coping with homelessness, in school and at home.


Place of Our Own-cover A Place of Our Own - sequel to Volcano Book. The meaning of having a place to live after doing without for so long.

 5or6 A Family of Five or Six

what happens when a family of six is displaced by a hurricane and becomes a family of five.


Watch a short, inspiring clip of Pat Van Doren's powerful photos combined with a beautiful song by Marybeth Saunders. NOEL




Children are often overlooked when people speak of homelessness.

When kids lack a place to call home, they are hungry. They lose their friends, often their schools, and sadly their childhood.


"Ryan" ©1995, Pat Van Doren


With over 7 million
homeless children in America
it's time to remember...

It's About the Children

Dismayed about the growing number of homeless children she saw at a local shelter, photojournalist Pat Van Doren decided to do something...she began shooting images of homeless children, portraying them as she saw them--as children.

Pat was in the shelter's parking lot with her camera when the stray 4-year-old boy, Charlie, picked up the stray cat. Her talented eye quickly framed the shot.

"Charlie" (© 1994, Pat Van Doren) is rightly credited with attaining passage of "Charlie's Bill," the Illinois Education for Homeless Children Act of 1994, landmark legislation that inspired Congress to pass a similar bill, the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act of 2001.

PVD headshot.jpgFollowing passage of "Charlie's Bill," Pat continued to aim her lens at kids and adults who trusted her integrity and appreciated the results displayed across Illinois and the nation's capital.

She created It's About the Children to focus her talented energies on raising awareness of homeless children. Her acclaimed images and poignant children's books have touched more hearts than any other awareness-raising tools.

Pat's efforts were honored by the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (2006).

IATC is a project of HEAR US Inc.



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