Programs and Services

Adoption 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

Investigates reports of abuse, neglect and exploitation of seniors ages 60 and older and adults with disabilities. When abuse is substantiated, interventions are planned with the victim, family and others to reduce risk of further harm. Legal services are also provided as well as senior self neglect.

Community Schools

Community Schools operate during non-school hours and expand positive choices and opportunities for youth while achieving academic success. Tutoring, homework help, recreation, life skills, cultural opportunities, and case management services are included.

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.

Substance Abuse Prevention Program

Helps young people develop positive commitments to their families, schools, peers and communities to encourage healthy, drug-free lives. The goal is to increase prevention-related drug knowledge and resistance skills.

The Children's Center (Midway)

Provides 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.

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.

Words to Grow On Chicago

A vocabulary building initiative in collaboration with Chicago Public Library, Metropolitan Family Services (serving Englewood) and El Valor (serving Pilsen and Little Village). The goal is to help families with children ages 5 and under create positive routines that support early language development. Funding is provided through PNC’s Grow Up Great Program. Programming is provided in both English and Spanish.