Jewish Child & Family Services (JCFS) *

JCFS logo 2012

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 one-stop, toll-free access to JCFS, call (855)275-5237 or 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 or 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 one-stop, toll-free access to JCFS, call (855) 275-5237 or 855-ASK-JCFS

Camp Firefly *

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

The Firefly summer camps offer four different options to meet the varying developmental needs of boys and girls who have been diagnosed with social disorders. The camps offer a fun and therapeutic environment focused on enhancing children's social, communicative and adaptive development. Firefly Day Camp allows campers to work in small groups with trained counselors specializing in social communication disorders. 

Firefly Day Camp is held at the JCC's Elaine Frank Apachi Day Camp in Lake Zurich. 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.

• Firefly Day Camp June 22- July 17, 2015 (ages 7-11)
• Camp Firefly Session A July 19-24, 2015; Session B July 26-31, 2015 (ages 9-14)
• Camp Firefly Teen July 19-31, 2015 (ages 14-16)
• Camp Firefly Next Step July 12-July 31, 2015 (ages 16-18; must be a graduate of Camp Firefly Teen to participate)

Community Counseling Centers *

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

JCFS counseling staff promotes personal growth for its clients in response to a variety of situations such as, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, illness, bereavement, relationship issues, family conflict, separation, divorce, remarriage, job loss, disabilities, divorce mediation, trauma, peer and social difficulties, school/academic concern, family violence or abuse and emotional or behavioral changes in youth. JCFS offers short- and long-term therapy for adults, children, teens, couples and families of all backgrounds, provided by masters and doctorate level clinicians at ten locations including Downtown, West Rogers Park, Northbrook, Skokie, Buffalo Grove, Lombard and Flossmoor.

Divorce Specialty Center: Families Redefined *

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

The Divorce Specialty Center offers divorce consultation, case management, individual, family and group counseling, support groups, services for children, divorce mediation and financial counseling. Counselors will be there to assist you during this transition in your life.

Disability Helpline *

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

When caring for a family member with a disability, the responsibilities can become overwhelming in ways many others can’t comprehend. Despite your love and determination, being a caregiver may leave you feeling unsure, resentful and lonely.  Reaching out for professional help and placing a call to the JCFS Disability Line can mean that assistance is in sight.

Education & Support Groups *

Jewish Child & Family Services
Chicago Metropolitan Area
Phone: (847) 745-5411
Email: len@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org
Contact: Tracey Kite, Coordinator

Programs are small discussions and support groups for children and adults on contemporary topics, led by qualified and dedicated professionals. Groups range from 1 - 6 sessions and are held throughout the Chicago area.

Encompass *

Jewish Child & Family Services
Phone: (855) 275-5237 or 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 supports and services for Jewish and non-Jewish adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

Encompass gives adults with intellectual and/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 or 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. Specialized Foster Care program serves children who have a high degree of emotional/behavioral and medical problems. The full service, comprehensive program provides individual/family therapy, group therapy, life skills classes, respite care and case management services.

Is being a foster parent right for you? It is if:

• You've parented your own children and are proud of who they have become
• You consider yourself a good teacher
• Giving a child a better life mobilizes compassion in you
• You will experience the joy of watching a child bloom into a responsible, well-adjusted individual

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: Jodi Doane

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 *

CJE SeniorLife
Jewish Child & Family Services
3003 W. Touhy Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 508-1014
Email: hcs@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org/holocaust-survivors

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

Integrated Pediatric Interventions (IPI) Program at JCFS *

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

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

Speech, Occupational and Developmental Therapies for children aged birth-10 years with developmental delays, including:

EVALUATIONS including Autism and developmental assessments, psycho-educational testing

DEVELOPMENTAL THERAPY focusing on play activities to increase pre-academic skills, language and communication, social and emotional behavior, gross and fine motor skills and self-help

SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY including verbal apraxia, language development, Pivotal Response Training for children with autism, feeding and eating development, and auditory verbal therapy for children with cochlear implants

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY including sensory integration therapy, neurodevelopmental treatment and daily academic-related activities, such as writing, motor planning and assessing a child's learning style

SOCIAL WORK AND SOCIAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT including individual and group parent guidance and support, play-based family therapy, social skills groups, translating interventions to home, and school advocacy

JCARES: Jewish Community Abuse Resources, Education and Solutions *

Jewish Child & Family Services
Phone: (847) 569-5100
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

Jewish Child & Family Services
Phone: (847) 569-5100
Email: ask@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org

Strives to raise awareness of addiction in the Jewish community and awareness of the needs of Jewish individuals in treatment programs. Programs include educational presentations for schools, synagogues and other community-based groups, professional training for clergy, mental health and Jewish communal professionals, information and referral to addiction treatment resources, support groups, pastoral counseling, and spiritual programs for Jews in recovery and their families.

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 trainings, 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
Email: ask@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org

For those who are ill, grieving, or serving as caregivers, the Jewish Healing Network of Chicago 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 for congregations, pastoral counseling, information and referrals. JHNC is administered by Jewish Child & Family Services in collaboration with CJE SeniorLife, the Chicago Board of Rabbis, and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.

Legal Advocacy Center *

Jewish Child & Family Services
216 W. Jackson Blvd.
Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60606-5056
Phone: (312) 673-2740
Fax: (312) 855-3754
Email: sandeshamash@juf.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. Advocacy Services also provides consultations and information and referrals to the social service staffs of Jewish Federation agencies and other community agencies. This Federation program focuses on special education law, mental illness and developmental disabilities law and adult guardianship law.

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 (expanding to the suburbs soon!)
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) 569-5100
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) 569-5100
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 a confidential helpline for 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 *

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

Psychological testing is a positive step toward understanding learning differences, cognitive or emotional or other mental disorders. And, studies show that early detection of underlying issues can lead to better outcomes in terms of intervention and treatment. However, JCFS understands that beginning the process of psychological testing for you or your child can also raise many questions.

The clinical team at JCFS Psychological Services has provided this FAQ to help walk you through the process. Rest assured that you are in good hands. Each year, our team of licensed clinical psychologists and doctoral candidates conducts numerous evaluations tailored to fit each client’s specific needs. The team works to ensure that clients receive thorough preparation and individualized recommendations that will best suit their needs.

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.

Respite Programs for Families with Special Needs *

Jewish Child & Family Services
Joy Faith Knapp Children's Center
3145 W. Pratt Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (855) 275-5237 or 855-ASK-JCFS
Email: allisonrodenhouse@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org
Contact: Allison Rodenhouse

Helps decrease a family’s stress level, provide social and recreational outlets for children and improves the overall functioning of the family. The program takes a supportive and nurturing approach, which enhances a child’s growth and development while providing parents short-term relief. Offers many types of Respite scenarios for parents who need a little “me time” throughout the year. Programs are provided for children and adults and include community and home-based support services for clients with developmental and/or mental health diagnoses, Sunday group respite services, and family respite weekends.

Response *

Jewish Child & Family Services
9304 N. Skokie Blvd.
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 676-0078, (855) 275-5237
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, prevention and education workshops provide experiential, prevention-based education to teens, professionals and parents, offering participants the opportunity to learn more about current topics impacting tweens, teens and those who work with or parent them. Response's counseling department provides teens and their families who may be coping with a range of concerns including depression, parent-teen communication, questions about sexuality and relationship issues with a safe space to talk. Parent and teen education and support groups also available.

Services for People with Disabilities *

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

Jewish Child & Family Services coordinates services for people with disabilities (primarily developmental) and their families. Services include Sibhops, family camp, private case management, service facilitation for the home based waiver, inclusion recreation and a Disability Helpline.

Community education courses are offered to adults who want to enhance their knowledge of issues that affect people with disabilities. Past topics have covered Self-Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Futures Planning, and Parenting a Child with Special Needs. Open to professionals, people with disabilities and family members of people with disabilities.

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

Provides the best educational, emotional and therapeutic services for students of all backgrounds in grades K-12 who have not thrived in a traditional school setting, to encourage their academic, interpersonal and vocational success. An engaging curriculum plus leadership opportunities and support yield success for students with special emotional, behavioral, cognitive and developmental needs. With its low student-to-teacher ratio, positive social interaction, and state-of-the-art facilities including a new Life Skills Room and program, the Therapeutic Day School is designed to meet the needs of children with special needs by alleviating behavioral and emotional struggles and developing a sense of belonging among students.

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 or 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 six years, as well as supportive services and counseling for their parents and training for professionals in the field.

“Connections: A Relationship-Based Phase Model, “an easy-to-follow guidebook written by Virginia Frank Center staff, emphasizes the importance of building strong teacher and caregiver relationships with young children to promote a secure, healthy, and productive learning environment.

Therapeutic Yeshiva Program *

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

Children who are challenged by a range of emotional and developmental disorders are provided an educational opportunity for success unlike any other in the Chicago metropolitan area. Therapeutic Yeshiva, an arm of JCFS Therapeutic Day School, offers religiously observant families the joyful experience of having their child study history, math and other traditional courses, while also fulfilling the mitzvah of learning Torah. When appropriate, students can take classes from other Jewish schools as part of their academic program. To broaden their social and Jewish involvements, the program seeks volunteer opportunities in the community as well as celebrations at other Jewish schools.

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

The 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 six years, as well as supportive services and counseling for their parents and training for professionals in the field.

“Connections: A Relationship-Based Phase Model, “an easy-to-follow guidebook written by Virginia Frank Center staff, emphasizes the importance of building strong teacher and caregiver relationships with young children to promote a secure, healthy, and productive learning environment.

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

JCFS is at the forefront of providing vital, individualized, results-driven services for thousands of people of all backgrounds each year. 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. Volunteer with JCFS and discover a worthwhile and enriching experience. When you give back you make a positive change within your community. Volunteers are an essential part of JCFS. JCFS matches your skills, availability and passions with the volunteer opportunities. Volunteer projects range from once a year, 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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