Residential Sanctuary Model

Victor's Story

Every home should be a sanctuary. That is no less true for Victor, who lives at a JCFS group home along with other children who are healing from abuse or neglect. That is why JCFS adopted the Sanctuary Model, a proven method for working with children who have suffered trauma. This unique model allows everyone, from child care staff to children, to have an equal voice in daily life. Previously powerless in his own home, Victor is building trusting relationships, and with the caring guidance from JCFS’ child care professionals, is learning to advocate for his own rights with the confidence that he will be heard and respected.

Did You Know?


JCFS to Target Jewish Tween Girls with New Planning Grant from Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago  

Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago (JWF) approved a new $20,000 grant to Jewish Child & Family Services (JCFS) to develop a community response to the needs of Jewish pre-teen girls. With this program, “BeTween: A Jewish Community Planning Initiative,” JCFS will spearhead a community response addressing the needs of Jewish girls, during one of the most critical and vulnerable times of their development.


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