Jewish Child & Family Services (JCFS) *

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Jewish Child & Family Services provides trusted, innovative and individualized care and support for children, teens, adults and families of all backgrounds across Chicagoland. Our services include counseling; developmental, cognitive and behavioral testing, assessment and therapy; special education, special needs camps and recreation opportunities; services for people with disabilities and their families; child welfare, foster care and adoption services; and Jewish community programs and education.

For access to help, call (855) 275-5237 (855-ASK-JCFS)

* Listings with an asterisk are part of the JUF/JF partnership of agencies serving the Chicago and worldwide Jewish community.

Jewish Child & Family Services (JCFS) *

Central Office
216 W. Jackson Blvd.
Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (855) 275-5237 (855-ASK-JCFS)
Web: http://www.jcfs.org

 

Jewish Child & Family Services strives to enhance emotional well-being for adults, children, teens and families as well as to maximize potential for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our services include counseling; developmental, cognitive and behavioral testing, assessment and therapy; special education, pediatric speech and occupational therapies; special needs camps, services for people with disabilities and their families; therapeutic foster care, and Jewish community programs and education. Office locations in downtown Chicago, West Rogers Park, Skokie, Northbrook and Buffalo Grove.

Camp Firefly *

Jewish Child & Family Services
6639 N. Kedzie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: 855-275-5237
Email: ask@jcfs.org
Web: www.jcfs.org/campfirefly
Contact: Elizabeth Robbin

 

Camp Firefly provides an outstanding overnight summer camp experience for children, teens and young adults who experience social disorders, such as Social Anxiety, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Asperger's Syndrome, Non-Verbal Learning Disorder and High-Functioning Autism. Campers experience the magic of camp in small groups with specially trained counselors, allowing each camper to have an amazing time while learning social skills and building friendships.

Camp Firefly Session 1 July 16-21, 2018 (ages 9-14)

Camp Firefly Session 2 July 22-27, 2018 (ages 9-14)

Firefly Teen Camp July 16-27, 2018 (ages 14-16)

Firefly Next Step July 8-27, 2018 (ages 17-18) Must be a graduate of Firefly Teen Camp.

 

Counseling at JCFS *

Jewish Child & Family Services
Locations across Chicagoland
Phone: (855) 275-5237 (855-ASK-JCFS)
Email: ask@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org

Professionally trained and licensed clinical social workers, counselors, psychologists, art and drama therapists specialize in high quality therapeutic services that enhance the emotional well-being of children, adults, families, couples and families throughout Chicagoland. Specializes in areas such as parenting, anxiety, depression, attention deficit disorders; emotional, physical and sexual trauma, grief and loss, financial issues, marriage and relationship issues; separation, divorce and co-parenting, stress management, life transitions, work-related issues and addictive behaviors.  Counseling Center locations include downtown Chicago,  West Rogers Park, Northbrook, Skokie, Buffalo Grove and the western and southern suburbs.

Divorce Specialty Center at JCFS *

Jewish Child & Family Services
Chicago and the northern suburbs
Phone: (855) 275-5237 (855-ASK-JCFS)
Email: ask@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org/divorce
Contact: Tami Sollo, LCSW

The Divorce Specialty Center offers divorce consultation, case management, collaborative divorce coaching, therapeutic supervised visitation, individual, family and group counseling, support groups, services for children, divorce mediation and financial counseling.

Encompass *

Jewish Child & Family Services
Phone: (855) 275-5237 (855-ASK-JCFS)
Email: jodinewmark@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org
Contact: Jodi Newmark

Utilizing person-centered planning, Encompass forges partnerships with existing service providers to offer an array of support and services for Jewish and non-Jewish adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Through Keshet, Encompass offers a robust social and recreational program with activities up to five days per week. Encompass partners with JVS Chicago and other agencies for customized employment services, and with JCFS and other providers for residential services and supports. Encompass gives adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities the opportunity to thrive within their community… living in a home of their own with someone they care about, being actively involved with a job, activities or events and spending time with friends.

Financial Counseling *

Counseling at JCFS
Phone: (855) 275-5237 (855-ASK-JCFS)
Email: ask@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org

The financial counseling specialists at Jewish Child & Family Services can help you create financial balance, by assisting you in developing and managing budgets, planning for the future, and accessing important community resources. A financial counseling specialist can meet with you in one-on-one sessions to begin your journey toward better money management.

Foster Care *

Jewish Child & Family Services
216 W. Jackson Blvd.
Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 673-2767
Email: nancyschwartz@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org
Contact: Nancy Dorfman-Schwartz, Senior Director, Child Welfare

 

JCFS places children and adolescents from birth to 21 years of age who are wards of the State in JCFS foster homes. The Specialized Foster Care program serves children who have a high degree of emotional/behavioral and medical problems. The full service, comprehensive program recruits and trains potential foster parents, provides individual/family therapy, group therapy, life skills classes, respite care and case management services.

HIAS Chicago (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society Chicago) *

216 W. Jackson Blvd.
Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 357-4666
Fax: (312) 855-3291
Email: hiaschicago@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.hiaschicago.org
Contact: Jessica Schaffer

Advocacy for the rights of refugees and immigrants on national, state, and local levels. Broad range of pre- and post-immigration services, including refugee processing; permanent residency preparation; assistance with family-based petitions; assistance in the citizenship application process; reparations assistance for Holocaust survivors; community outreach and education; immigrant integration programs. Trained multi-lingual staff and corps of volunteers. Services provided at multiple sites in Chicago and the north and northwest suburbs. Volunteers are welcome! Volunteers help individuals in the citizenship application process through teaching citizenship preparation classes in English, providing bilingual in-home citizenship tutoring and conducting practice citizenship interviews with applicants.

HIAS Chicago Volunteers *

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS Chicago)
216 W. Jackson Blvd.
Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 357-4666
Fax: (312) 855-3291
Email: hiaschicago@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.hiaschicago.org

Promotion of immigrant and refugee rights for Jewish refugees and immigrants from the former Soviet Union and others, location services, and assistance in the citizenship application process: teaching citizenship preparation classes in English, providing bilingual in-home citizenship tutoring and conducting practice citizenship interviews with applicants.

Holocaust Community Services *

3003 W. Touhy Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 508-1004, (773) 508-1000
Email: hcs@cje.net
Web: http://www.cje.net
Contact: Yonit Hoffman, Director

Provides care management, financial assistance, and socialization programming for survivors living in the Chicagoland area. A collaborative effort of JUF/Federation, CJE SeniorLife, Jewish Child & Family Services, in partnership with HIAS Chicago. Social services for Nazi victims have been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

Integrated Pediatric Interventions (IPI) at JCFS *

Jewish Child & Family Services
Phone: (855) 275-5237 (855-ASK-JCFS)
Email: ask@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org
Contact: Marlies Gramann, Director of Outpatient Services

Therapeutic interventions for children with developmental delays age birth-10 years. Services include evaluations; speech, occupational and developmental therapies; and social skills development.

JCARES: Jewish Community Abuse Resources, Education and Solutions *

Jewish Child & Family Services
Phone: 855-275-5237 (855-ASK-JCFS)
Email: ask@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org

Offers education and resources to increase awareness, expand understanding and ensure a culturally sensitive, coordinated response to abuse in Jewish homes and families. A catalyst for social justice and institutional change, JCARES is committed to inspiring collaborative action focused on abuse across the lifespan -- from keeping children safe to the well-being of elders.

 

Jewish Center for Addiction: Prevention, Help and Hope *

Jewish Child & Family Services
Phone: 855-275-5237 (855-ASK-JCFS)
Email: ask@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org

Supports individuals and families struggling with or in recovery from addiction and works to raise awareness and create compassion responses to addictions many challenges. Efforts include community and professional education; youth drug prevention programs, and information about treatment facilities and other resources.

Jewish Community Programs *

Jewish Child & Family Services
Phone: 855-275-5237 (855-ASK-JCFS)
Email: ask@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org

Offers a wide range of education, support and advocacy programs that address issues – illness, grief, abuse, addiction, and adoption – impacting Jewish homes, families and the community across the lifespan. Programming includes professional training, community awareness, support groups, pastoral counseling, professional consultations, information and referrals, cultural sensitivity trainings, and education and policy development support for institutions such as schools, synagogues, camps, and youth groups.

Jewish Healing Network of Chicago *

Jewish Child & Family Services
Phone: 855-275-5237 (855-ASK-JCFS)
Email: ask@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org

For those who are ill, grieving, or serving as caregivers, the Jewish Healing Network offers the comfort of human connection, the spiritual support of Jewish tradition and a sense of community to alleviate loneliness and isolation. JHN offers support groups, professional education, community programs, Bikur Cholim (Visiting the Sick) trainings, Tikvah (Jewish Chaplaincy Community Initiative), information and referrals. JHN is administered by Jewish Child & Family Services in collaboration with CJE SeniorLife, the Chicago Board of Rabbis and the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago.

Legal Advocacy Center *

Jewish Child & Family Services
216 W. Jackson Blvd.
Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 855-275-5237 (855-ASK-JCFS)
Email: ask@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org
Contact: Sande Shamash, J.D.

Provides legal representation, consultation, and information and referral services to individuals with disabilities and their families.

Residential Supports *

CILA Homes for Adults with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities
Abe and Ida Cooper Center
6639 N. Kedzie
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: 855-275-5237 (855-ASK-JCFS)
Email: ask@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org

Residential Supports provides support, assistance and training in community settings for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities. CILA, Home Based Waiver and private funding accepted.

Project Esther: The Chicago Jewish Adoption Network *

Jewish Child & Family Services
Phone: 855-275-5237 (855-ASK-JCFS)
Email: ask@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org

Helps individuals, couples and families navigate the complicated worlds of adoption and infertility. Recognizing that there is no one definition for the modern family, Project Esther offers a range of programs and supports that include connections to adoption placement agencies, infertility specialists, lawyers, physicians and rabbis, assistance with post-adoption questions, support groups, social events, professional and community education.

 

Project Shield *

Jewish Child & Family Services
Phone: 855-275-5237 (855-ASK-JCFS)
Email: ask@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org

Committed to building awareness, education and support for the recognition, prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse in the Jewish community. Provides information, referral services for victims and adult survivors of sexual abuse, professional education and consultations, and trainings for schools, camps, and other Jewish institutions.

Psychological Services at JCFS *

Jewish Child & Family Services
Elaine Kersten Children’s Center
255 Revere Drive
Suite 200
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (855) 275-5237 (855-ASK-JCFS)
Email: ask@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org
Contact: Alysa Slay, Psy. D.

Joy Faith Knapp Children's Center

3145 W. Pratt

Chicago, IL 60645

Provide psychological testing to understand learning differences; cognitive, emotional and other mental health disorders.

Refugee Resettlement Services *

Jewish Child & Family Services
Phone: 855-275-5237 (855-ASK-JCFS)
Email: ask@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org
Contact: Barbara Urbanska Yeager, Coordinator of Resettlement

Resettlement services are available to refugees and immigrants. The program offers case management, cultural orientation, counseling, advocacy, financial assistance, information and referral (when appropriate) to government benefits and to other programs or services, including medical, educational and vocational.

Response *

Jewish Child & Family Services
3033 W. Touhy Avenue
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: 855-275-5237 (855-ASK-JCFS),
Email: responsecounseling@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.responsecenter.org

Empowers adolescents and young adults, aged 12-24, to make healthy life choices. Response provides counseling, sexual healthcare services, programming focused on a variety of topics for schools, synagogues, camps, youth groups, parent education and support, teen leadership opportunities and Snowball, an intensive weekend teen-led retreat filled with activities and interactive workshops.

Services for People with Disabilities at JCFS *

Jewish Child & Family Services
Abe and Ida Cooper Center
6639 N. Kedzie
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (855) 275-5237 (855-ASK-JCFS)
Web: http://www.jcfs.org

Home Based Waiver for Children and Adults with I/DD - JCFS is a service facilitation agency and work with families through the family and agency based models.

Respite Services are offered in a group setting, providing children and youth with special needs with social/recreational opportunities while also providing a break to their caregiver.

Glick Family Camp - A camp weekend for children with developmental delays/disabilities and their families filled with a variety of creative and outdoor activities for everyone!

Camp Firefly - JCFS, in partnership with JCCs offers overnight camp experiences for boys and girls who have been diagnosed with social disorders such as Asperger's, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Social Anxiety.

Sibshops offer brothers and sisters of children with special needs an opportunity to share common joys and concerns, learn to handle common dilemmas and have fun!

Yad B' Yad is offered in collaboration with the Fiedler Hillel at Northwestern University, bringing together young Jewish adults with learning disabilities or I/DD and young Jewish adults for social, recreational and religious activities.

Hevra offers social outing and activities for Jewish adults ages 35-60 with learning disabilities or I/DD with opportunities to make friends and connections in the community.

Residential Supports provides support, assistance and training in community settings for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities. CILA, Home Based Waiver and private funding accepted. 

 Psychoeducational Groups  - JCFS offers a number of short term groups specifically for adults with I/DD. Topics have included Healthy Relationships and Sexuality, Anxiety and Anger Management, Dating Skills and Your Relationship with Food.

Therapeutic Day School *

Jewish Child & Family Services
Joy Faith Knapp Children's Center
3145 W. Pratt Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 467-3900
Email: therapeuticdayschool@jcfs.org
Web: http://jcfsschool.org
Contact: Sandra Spicher

For students kindergarten to grade 12 who require the educational and social/emotional support of a therapeutic day school in a Jewish environment.

Therapeutic Preschool *

Jewish Child & Family Services
Abe and Ida Cooper Center
6639 N. Kedzie
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (855) 275-5237 (855-ASK-JCFS)
Email: therapeuticdayschool@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfsschool.org
Contact: Joni Crounse

The Therapeutic Preschool at The Virginia Frank Child Development Center is a nationally recognized program in the field of family-centered child development. At Virginia Frank, leading experts offer a continuum of preventative and therapeutic services for children from birth to 6 years, as well as supportive services and counseling for their parents and training for professionals in the field.

Therapeutic Yeshiva Program *

Jewish Child & Family Services
Joy Faith Knapp Children's Center
3145 W. Pratt Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (855) 275-5237 (855-ASK-JCFS)
Email: davidrosenberg@jcfs.org
Web: http://jcfsschool.org
Contact: Rabbi David Rosenberg

Jewish children who are challenged by a range of emotional and behavioral disabilities are provided an educational opportunity for success. The JCFS Therapeutic Yeshiva, an arm of the JCFS Therapeutic Day School, offers religiously observant families the experience of having their child participate in a therapeutic school program while also fulfilling the mitzvah of learning Torah and tefillah. When appropriate, students can take classes at other Jewish schools as part of their academic program. Reintegration to a mainstream school is advocated and supported as appropriate. To broaden their social and Jewish involvements, the JCFS Yeshiva encourages social and volunteer opportunities for students in the community.

Virginia Frank Child Development Center *

Abe and Ida Cooper Center
6639 N. Kedzie
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: 855-275-5237 (855-ASK-JCFS)
Email: ask@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org
Contact: Joni Crounse

Virginia Frank Child Development Center is a nationally recognized pioneer in the field of family-centered child development. At Virginia Frank, leading experts offer a continuum of preventative and therapeutic services for children from birth to 6 years, as well as supportive services and counseling for their parents and training for professionals in the field.

Volunteers *

216 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 855-275-5237 (855-ASK-JCFS)
Email: ask@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org
Contact: Karen Goldman, Development Associate - Volunteers & In-Kind Giving

Jewish Child & Family Services strives to enhance emotional well being for adults, children, teens and families as well as to maximize potential for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our services include counseling; developmental, cognitive and behavioral testing, assessment and therapy; special education, pediatric speech and occupational therapies; special needs camps, services for people with disabilities and their families; therapeutic foster care, and Jewish community programs and education. Office locations in downtown Chicago, West Rogers Park, Skokie, Northbrook and Buffalo Grove. Volunteers are an essential part of JCFS. We will match your skills, availability and passions with current volunteer projects, which range from once a year to once a week, from the city to the suburbs.

Yad B' Yad *

Jewish Child & Family Services
Abe and Ida Cooper Center
6639 N. Kedzie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: 855-275-5237 (855-ASK-JCFS)
Email: ask@jcfs.org
Web: www.jcfs.org

Volunteer program bringing together Jewish young adults with developmental disabilities and young Jewish volunteers for social, cultural and religious activities.

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