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Programs and Services

Adoption Support and Preservation

Provides home-based intervention to families formed through adoption or subsidized guardianship. Counseling, crisis intervention and 24-hour on-call assistance help address adjustment, grief/loss resolution, attachment, educational and emotional issues. This DCFS-supported program also provides therapeutic respite services, psycho-educational and support groups, workshops, and help securing resources.

Adult Protective Services

Adult Protective Services investigates reports of abuse, neglect, exploitation (ANE) and self-neglect (SN) of seniors ages 60 and older and adults ages 18 to 59 with disabilities. When allegations of ANE and/or SN are substantiated, interventions are planned with the client, family, and others to reduce the risk of further harm. Legal services referrals are provided as needed.

Behavioral Health Services

Behavioral Health Services offer supportive counseling to adults, children and families in any phase of life to assist in better handling of challenges. Individuals and families are supported to deal effectively with mental illness and recovery. When needed, psychiatric evaluation and medication monitoring is available to keep care on track. Services geared towards children and adolescents, help them recover from emotional difficulties, strengthen family relationships and succeed in school.

The Children's Centers

The Children’s Centers provide full-day care and learning for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years in the Chicago Lawn and Greater Englewood communities. Activities engage thinking skills with play and lay the foundations for self-esteem and social skills. Parents participate in workshops, classes and family events to enhance their supportive and nurturing abilities; mental health consultant and family counseling services are available as well.

Community Schools

Community Schools and Sustainable Community Schools programs are partnership between Metropolitan and Chicago Public Schools that expand positive choices and opportunities for youth while achieving academic success. Tutoring, homework help, recreation, life skills, cultural opportunities, and case

Domestic Violence Clinical Services

Domestic Violence Clinical Services are for survivors of partner abuse and their children, and for teens and children who have witnessed domestic violence. Staff provide safety planning, individual and group counseling, case management, information and referrals.

Domestic Violence Court Advocacy

Domestic Violence Court Advocacy provides information, support and referrals to domestic violence victims seeking orders of protection and/or the prosecution of their abusers at the domestic violence courthouse in Chicago.

Early Learning Home Visiting Programs

Provides expectant and new parents with education and support they need at the time of their child’s birth and during the most crucial first five years of life. Sessions in the home focus on providing young children experiences that foster healthy growth and development and positive parent-child interactions. Families also meet for activities, to socialize and attend workshops; mental health consultant and family counseling services are available as well.

Legal Aid

Legal Aid provides legal assistance and community education to low-income individuals in the areas of domestic violence, family and elder law, housing and consumer issues.

Midway Connections

Midway Connections provides a safe place for court-ordered supervised visitations and safe exchanges for children exposed to domestic violence. Children visit a non-custodial parent without compromising the safety of an abused parent.

Parenting Fundamentals

Parenting Fundamentals gives parents tools to help their children live fulfilling, productive lives. This evidence-based course delivers age-based curriculum to parents in a group setting, coupled with comprehensive supports. Through classes parents learn positive parenting skills including connecting with children, understanding development, supporting school performance, effective discipline, and parent self care.

School-Based Services

School-Based Services include individual and group counseling, workshops for students, teachers and parents to enhance skills such as communication, conflict resolution and violence prevention.

The Gerst Family Young Fathers Program

The Gerst Family Young Fathers Program helps fathers become employed, financially self-sufficient and raise healthy children. The program includes job readiness training and placement, money management training, parent education and support. Participants are encouraged to actively nurture and financially support their children.

The Older Caregiver Project

Helps older caregivers plan for children’s long term care (permanency planning). It aids families in establishing a stronger support system through case management and linkages to community resources, ensures the well-being and safety of the children and caregivers and provides a recommendation regarding the permanency of the children.