Links to Resources

JCFS is One Among Many 

Just as Jewish Child and Family Services has been honored by other organizations for our work, there are many organizations with whom we work closely and frequently recommend for service in their areas of specialization. These groups offer great community support services, and are tremendous resources for individuals and families that need help in a variety of areas. Learn more about them today.

Non-Profit Organizations 

The Ark 

The ARK creates a safety net for Chicagoland Jews in need by providing vital human services within a framework of Jewish values and laws, and by building bridges between volunteers and those in need in our community. 

CJE Seniorlife  

CJE SeniorLife is an innovative provider of community-based and residential programs and services for older adults and their families throughout Chicago and its surrounding suburbs.

Jewish Community Centers (JCC)  

JCC Chicago is dedicated to ensuring a strong and vibrant Jewish life and community for generations to come. Through a mix of formal and informal education, recreational and cultural activities, JCC Chicago provides quality experiences that enrich the lives of individuals, families and the community at large. Their award-winning preschool programs, summer camps (including a partnership with JCFS for Camp Firefly camp for children with social skills disorders) and the wide array of enriching activities we offer, provide opportunities to bring jewish values to life through innovative programs designed to meet the needs of everyone from infants to adults.

Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago (JUF/JFMC) 

The Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago are the major instruments of Jewish philanthropy in the Chicago area. Together, they raise and allocate funds to support local, national, and international services and institutions in areas of human welfare and health care, education and identity, culture and community and rescue, resettlement and care for Jews in need throughout the world.  

Jewish United Fund (JUF) TOV Volunteer Network 

JUF TOV links prospective volunteers to service opportunities in the Jewish and larger communities.  

Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) 

For over 125 years, Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) has provided entrepreneurial support services, job development and placement, career counseling and networking, and customized skills training and rehabilitation to help all people realize their full potential.  The agency is an affiliate of and receives support from the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and other public and private funding. 

Jewish Women International  (JWI) 

JWI’s programs and philanthropy ensure that women and girls exist in the peaceful homes and relationships to which they’re entitled; that they understand the link between emotional and financial independence and their personal safety; and that the devastation of domestic abuse is never obscured by a community’s denial or pride. 

Keshet 

Founded in 1983, Keshet provides educational and recreational programs for children with special needs. Keshet's philosophy centers around the belief that every child deserves the opportunity to participate in the mainstream activities of his or her community. Because of this deeply held concept, the children of Keshet integrate into schools and camps alongside their typically developing peers.

United Way

In communities across America, there are 1,350 United Way chapters that improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of their communities. More than fundraisers, United Ways are partners in change, working with a broad range of people and organizations to identify and resolve pressing community issues. United Ways have led the nonprofit sector in the call for transparent accountability and measurable results. 

Government Agencies

Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) 

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services provides child welfare services in Illinois. The Department's organization includes the divisions of child protection, placement permanency, field operations, guardian & advocacy, clinical practice & professional development, service intervention, budget & finance, planning & performance management, and communications. 

Department of Human Services (DHS) 

DHS serves Illinois citizens through seven main programs: alcoholism and substance abuse treatment and prevention services; developmental disabilities; health services for pregnant women and mothers, infants, children and adolescents; prevention services for domestic violence and at-risk youth; mental health;  rehabilitation services; and welfare programs including temporary assistance for needy families, food stamps and child care. 

Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) 

The Illinois State Board of Education provides leadership, advocacy and support for the work of school districts, policymakers, and Illinois residents in making Illinois education second to none. The State Board’s vision is that Illinois public schools will enable all students to succeed in postsecondary education and career opportunities, to be effective life-long learners and to participate actively in our democracy. 

 

Resources for Facts and Stats 

ChildStats.gov

This website offers easy access to statistics and reports on children and families, including: population and family characteristics, economic security, health, behavior and social environment, and education.

FedStats.gov

This website is the gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal agencies.