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Childcare Opportunities 

St. Vincent de Paul Center: Marillac St. Vincent Family Services’

Lincoln Park: Several open slots for children ages 3-5 and school-age, from Kindergarten to age 12. To enroll, clients must be eligible for the Child Care Assistance Program through the state, meaning they need to be working or in school. This can include job training programs, trade school, self-employment, cosmetology school, etc. For more information, please contact Denise Lucas, Admissions Manager, at denise.lucas@marillacstvincent.org, (312) 278-4203, or fill out the enrollment interest form at MSVKids.org. 

Marillac Social Center: Marillac St. Vincent Family Services’

East Garfield Park: Several open slots for children ages 6 weeks to 24 months, and school-age, from Kindergarten to age 12. To enroll, clients must be eligible for the Child Care Assistance Program through the state, meaning they need to be working or in school. This can include job training programs, trade school, self-employment, cosmetology school, etc. For more information, please contact Monique Milburn, Admissions Coordinator, at monique.milburn@marillacstvincent.org, (773) 584-3290, or fill out the enrollment interest form at MSVKids.org. 

Domestic Violence Services

Basta! (Enough!) DV Services

Healthcare Alternative Systems offers individual counseling, safety planning, and domestic violence classes for survivors. Services are free and offered in Spanish and English. Services are by appointment only. For more information, please call (7330) 254-5141 or visit www.hascares.org.  

Parenting Resources

Caregiver Support Group: Chicago CAC

Do you know of any caregivers that are interested in extra support? Check out the parent support group through Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center on Thursdays 5:00-6:00pm via Zoom, for more information please contact Portia Patillo at ppatillo@chicagocac.org or 872-356-1678.  

Circle of Security Parenting Groups: Children’s Research Triangle (CRT)

At times, all parents and caregivers feel lost about what our child might need from us. Imagine what it might feel like if you were able to make sense of what your child was really asking from you. The Circle of Security Parenting program is based on decades of research about how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened. The group meets Thursdays via Zoom from 11:15a-12:30p with the group start date TBD. Interested or would like to hear more? Please email Monica Dirr, LCSW at mdirr@cr-triangle.org.  

Prevention Resources

Stewards of Children Workshop for Adults: Advocate Health Care 

Participants will learn prevention methods, participate in discussion of key factors of child sexual abuse, view a powerful video including testimony from survivors of child sexual abuse, have the opportunity to voice their concerns, discuss options, and consider protection policies. Each presentation is 2 hours for between 5 and 25 participants and include a Video Presentation and Discussion. Please contact CTTP@advocatehealth.com for more information.  

Processing Groups

The Encompassing Center’s Youth Art-Based Therapy Group: Catholic Charities

This group is a virtual group for youth girl (13-18) beginning in the next few weeks. This group provides a safe and supportive space for youth to express themselves through art activities. Art supplies will be provided and no art experience is necessary. Participants must live in East/West Garfield Park, North Lawndale, or The Near West Side. For more information or to check eligibility of an address, please contact Natalie Sager at (312) 330-4344 or nsager@catholiccharities.net

Psychoeducational Groups

Hope and Healing Group: Chicago CAC (English/Spanish)

Please join us at our educational support group that offers children ages 8-12 and caregivers information on healing from the crisis of sexual abuse and hope to heal as a family. You can choose the dates that work best for you and drop-in at any time. For more information about the English group please contact Rhiannon Reaves at rreaves@chicagocac.org. For more information about the Spanish group please contact Jacqueline Sanchez at jsanchez@chicagocac.org.  

Story Space: Chicago CAC

This psycho-education group for children ages 5-10 years old uses picture books and self-expression activities to address trauma and nurture the development of caregiver and child relationships. This program will begin in April 2021 and run for six weeks and meet once a week while giving take-home resources and activities to continue practicing the skills we cover. The goal of Story Space is to offer an age appropriate space for these young survivors to process their experiences and emotions through storytelling activities that incorporate counseling modalities to promote healing and resilience. Drop-ins are welcome through the 5th session. For more information, please contact Adelia Davis at adavis@chicagocac.org

Sexual Behavior Problems Resources

Group Services

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Group for Children with PSB: Chicago CAC

Please join us for our PSB program for children ages 7-12 and their caregivers to understand normative behaviors and problematic sexual behaviors in children as well as appropriate and effective response to PSB. We can receive referrals from parents/guardians, DCFS, mental health and other professionals, daycare providers, and police/law enforcement professionals. Current group format is weekly via Zoom. For more information or to refer a child, please call Rhiannon Reaves at (312) 492-3764.  

Individual Services

Foster Care SBP: Advocate Health Care

We provide specialized assessment and therapy services, at no-cost, for children ages four to fourteen who display a range of SBPs. As part of our initial services, we provide SBP assessments to explore their level of functioning, the nature and extent of their SBPs, identify co-existing conditions, and inform treatment recommendations. Our services focus on identifying and addressing the conditions and needs of the child, treating sexual abuse they may have experienced, creating and maintaining a safety plan, and providing treatment to directly address and manage the SBPs.  Caregivers are an important part of our services and their participation is vital. Eligibility is children ages 4-14 years. Intake: 1-800-216-1110 or CTTP@advocatehealth.com.  

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