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 provides therapeutic respite, psycho-educational and support groups, workshops, and help securing resources.

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.

Counseling Services

Counseling Services are provided for all ages and build on individual and family strengths, desire and capacity for change while addressing emotional, behavioral and life stress challenges. Counseling services at the North Center are offered to children, families and seniors.

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. Funding is provided by the Illinois Department of Human Services and the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services.

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.

Parenting Fundamentals

Parenting Fundamentals gives parents tools to help their children live fulfilling, productive lives. This evidence-based course includes comprehensive support, empowering parents to prevent child abuse, improve school performance, and strengthen their families.

Senior Counseling

Senior Counseling helps physically, emotionally and/or economically vulnerable older adults function as independently as possible. It includes in-home or office assessments, family and individual counseling, support groups, case management and links to community resources.

Seniors Homeowners Program

Serves low- to moderate-income homeowners age 60 or older who have difficulty maintaining their homes. The program provides referrals to reputable home repair contractors, and links seniors to city departments and programs to help maintain their property. We also conduct workshops on topics such as reducing consumer fraud.

Substance Abuse Prevention Program

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 (North)

Provides Head Start and child care for children ages 2-5 in the Belmont Cragin, Portage Park and Hermosa 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.

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