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)
Fax: (312) 855-3750
Web: http://www.jcfs.org

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)

Camp Firefly *

Jewish Child & Family Services
255 Revere Drive, Suite 200
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (855) 275-5237
Email: ask@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org/campfirefly

The Firefly summer camps offer three different options to meet the varying developmental needs of boys and girls who have been diagnosed with social disorders, such as Social Anxiety, OCD, PDD, Asperger's Syndrome, Non-Verbal Learning Disorder, and High Functioning Autism. The camps offer a fun and therapeutic environment focused on enhancing children's social, communicative and adaptive development. Participants explore who they are and come home with greater independence and meaningful life lessons and friendships. Firefly Overnight Camps are partner programs with JCC's Camp Chi, located near the Wisconsin Dells. These programs range from one to three weeks in length, depending on the age of the camper.

Camp Firefly Session A: July 17-22, 2016
Session B: July 24-29, 2016 (ages 9-14)

Camp Firefly Teen: July 17-29, 2016 (ages 14-16)

Camp Firefly Next Step: July 10-July 29, 2016 (ages 17-18; must be a graduate of Camp Firefly Teen to participate)

Counseling Centers 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, Peterson Park, 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

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.

Disability Helpline *

Jewish Child & Family Services
Phone: (773) 467-3838
Email: disabilityhelpline@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org

JCFS staff is available to assist people with disabilities, family members, and professionals with navigating the multiple systems serving people with disabilities. JCFS staff is here to help guide you.

Education & Support Groups *

Jewish Child & Family Services
Phone: (847) 745-5404
Web: http://www.jcfs.org
Contact: Elizabeth Siegel Cohen

Discussions and support groups for children and adults on contemporary topics, led by qualified and dedicated professionals. Groups range from one to six sessions and are held throughout the Chicago area.

Encompass *

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

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 *

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

Whether you are struggling financially or wrestling with the challenge of how to manage the money you have earned or received the heart of the matter is the same: Becoming a better financial steward of your money is a priority. In learning good financial stewardship infused with Jewish values, you can develop more confidence in managing your day-to-day living expenses while also planning for your future. JCFS’ staff of financial counseling specialists 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

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, Holocaust Community Services Program Director

Provides care management, financial assistance, and socialization programming for survivors living in the Chicagoland area. A collaborative effort of CJE SeniorLife, Jewish Child & Family Services, and the Jewish United Fund, in partnership with HIAS Chicago. 

Integrated Pediatric Interventions (IPI) Program at JCFS *

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

Speech, Occupational and Developmental Therapies for children with developmental delays aged birth-10 years. Services include evaluations, developmental therapy, speech and language therapy, social work and social skills development.

Locations:

Joy Faith Knapp Children's Center 
3145 W. Pratt Blvd. 
Chicago, IL 60645

Elaine Kersten Children's Center 
255 Revere Drive, Suite 200 
Northbrook, IL 60062

JCARES: Jewish Community Abuse Resources, Education and Solutions *

Jewish Child & Family Services
Phone: (847) 745-5451
Email: ask@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org

Offers professional education, Partnership for Safer Communities prevention programming for schools, synagogues, camps and other institutions, policy development guidance, and networking opportunities. JCARES efforts are catalysts for the systemic change needed to ensure healthy relationships and safe Jewish homes, families and communities.

Jewish Center for Addiction: Prevention, Help and Hope *

Jewish Child & Family Services
Phone: (847) 745-5451
Email: ask@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org

Supports individuals and families who struggle with addiction. Strives to open multiple avenues of access within and outside the Jewish community. Services include community education, professional training, youth drug prevention programming, and information and referral to treatment.

Jewish Community Programs *

Jewish Child & Family Services
Phone: (847) 569-5100
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: (847) 569-5100, (847) 745-5451
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, pastoral counseling, 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: (312) 673-2740
Fax: (312) 855-3754
Email: sandeshamash@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org/legal-advocacy
Contact: Sande Shamash, J.D.

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

Marriage Preparation *

Jewish Child & Family Services
Chicago metropolitan area
Phone: (224) 625-2819
Email: marriageprep@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org
Contact: Rosalie Greenberger, LCSW, Coordinator

Helps engaged or newly married couples gain understanding about their relationship, so they can be better prepared on their journey of marriage. Marriage Preparation offers couples individual sessions and covers topics including communication styles, problem solving, marriage expectations, and looking at both strength and growth areas in their relationship. Couples will complete the Prepare and Enrich inventory as a part of the Marriage Preparation service.

Migdal Oaz *

CILA Homes for Adults with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities
Jewish Child & Family Services
Rogers Park
Phone: (773) 467-3838
Email: disabilityhelpline@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org
Contact: Emily Tegenkamp, Intake Coordinator

Provides support, assistance and training in community settings for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities.

Project Esther: The Chicago Jewish Adoption Network *

Jewish Child & Family Services
Phone: (847) 745-5451
Email: ask@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org

Supports, strengthens, educates and connects diverse Jewish adoptive and prospective adoptive families. Services include consultation regarding the adoption process, information and referral, support groups, educational programs, family social events and post-adoption services.

Project Shield *

Jewish Child & Family Services
Phone: (847) 745-5451
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., Director of Outpatient Services

 

Conducts psychological testing to understand the learning differences, cognitive or emotional, or other mental disorders.

Refugee Resettlement Services *

Jewish Child & Family Services
Phone: (773) 516-5528
Email: refugeeservices@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
9304 N. Skokie Blvd.
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 676-0078, (855) 275-5237 (855-ASK-JCFS)
Fax: (847) 676-0574
Email: responsecounseling@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.responsecenter.org

Helps adolescents in the Jewish and general community develop skills in communication, decision-making and leadership necessary to deal with life's challenges. Response's community outreach and prevention  workshops provide experiential, prevention-based education to teens, professionals and parents, focusing on current topics impacting tweens, teens and those who work with or parent them. Counseling for teens and their families, parent and teen education and support groups are also available.

Services for People with Disabilities *

Jewish Child & Family Services
216 W. Jackson Blvd.
Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (855) 275-5237 (855-ASK-JCFS)
Email: disabilityhelpline@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org
Contact: Tamara Besser

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.

Community Support Services provides therapeutic mentoring to children/youth with mental health diagnoses that have Medicaid.

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. 

Community Education - JCFS offers free monthly community education lectures on a variety of topics of interest to people with disabilities, family members and professionals. Continuing education credits (CEU's) available.

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
Virginia Frank Child Development Center
Bernard Horwich JCC Campus
3033 W. Touhy Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (855) 275-5237 (855-ASK-JCFS)
Email: jonicrounse@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org/therapeuticpreschool
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 *

Jewish Child & Family Services
3033 W. Touhy Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 761-4550
Email: jonicrounse@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: (773) 467-3746
Fax: (312) 553-5533
Email: volunteering@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org/employment-volunteering
Contact: Karen Goldman, Development Associate - Volunteers & In-Kind Giving

Jewish Child & Family Services provides trusted, innovative and individualized care and support for children, teens, adults and families of all backgrounds across Chicagoland. Services include counseling and support, developmental, cognitive and behavioral services, special education, camps and recreation, child welfare, services for people with disabilities and their families, and community programs. 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
Joy Faith Knapp Children’s Center
3145 W. Pratt Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 467-3813
Email: meredithsices@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org
Contact: Meredith Sices, Clinician

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

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