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Programs and Services

Adoption and Guardianship 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

Investigates reports of abuse, neglect, exploitation and self-neglect of seniors ages 60 and older and adults ages 18 to 59 with disabilities. When allegations of abuse or neglect are substantiated, interventions are planned with the client, family and others to reduce the risk of further harm. Legal service referrals are provided as needed.

Behavioral Health Services

Offer supportive counseling to adults, children and families in any phase of life to assist in handling challenges related to mental health 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.

Chicago's Community Kitchens (CCK)

Case management program operates out of the Greater Chicago Food Depository in Chicago. Metropolitan provides case management for culinary school adult students during their training program. Plans are developed that address areas of needed support, and resources are identified to ensure that participants have supports to succeed in internships or on new jobs.

The Children's Centers

Offer high-quality, full-day early education services to children ages 6 weeks to five years in the Chicago Lawn and Greater Englewood communities. Routines, activities and events teach children to learn through play and develop social skills to prepare them for school. Staff design activities that meet children at their skill levels, so they can learn at their own pace with materials that interest them. Parents receive support and resources to meet personal and family goals in the areas of physical and dental health, mental health, nutrition and education.

Community Schools and Sustainable Community Schools programs

Community Schools and Sustainable Community Schools programs are partnerships 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 management services are included.

Domestic Violence Counseling Program

Provides safety planning and emotional support to survivors of abuse and their children witnesses. Services include individual counseling, educational groups, case management, linkages and referrals, community outreach, and educational presentations on domestic violence. The program is voluntary, free and confidential.

Domestic Violence Court Advocacy

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

Early Learning Home Visiting Programs

Provide 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.

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.

Legal Aid

Provides legal assistance and community education to low-income individuals in the areas of domestic violence, family law, elder law, housing, immigration, human trafficking, employment and other legal areas.

Midway Connections

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

Older Caregivers Project

Older Caregivers Project helps seniors 60 and older plan for their children’s long-term care and provides placement recommendations. It aids families in establishing stronger support systems through case management and connections to community resources to help ensure the wellbeing and safety of the family unit.

Peace Within Chicago Homes

Provides individual support, group and case management services focused on building strong and safe relationships for persons who are at risk of or have used harmful behaviors in relationships. The program is voluntary, free, and for people interested in learning more about themselves and ways to improve interactions with those they love.

School-Based Services

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