Education & Support Groups

Ways to learn, find support and grow

Jewish Child & Family Services offers education and support groups through many of its program areas. Upcoming events and groups are listed on our calendar.

Adoption Support

Project Esther: The Chicago Jewish Adoption Network offers a range of programs and groups for Jewish adoptive and prospective adoptive families. We offer single events and ongoing groups on a variety of topics related to the adoption process including adoptive parenting, adoption and the Jewish family as well as family social events. Contact Marsha Raynes, LCSW or call 847.745.5408.

Children with Disabilities and their Families

Sibshops
Sibshops offer brothers and sisters of children with a variety of special needs an opportunity to share common joys and concerns, learn to handle common dilemmas and have fun! For information on Sibshops, contact Tammy Besser, LCSW, or 773.467.3751

Adults with Disabilities and their Families

Community Education
Monthly community education lectures on a variety of topics of interest to people with disabilities, their families and professionals such as Working when you Receive Social Security, Microboards, Guardianship, Sibling Issues, Transitioning and more. CEUs are available. For a current list of topics or to be included on the mailing list, email ask@jcfs.org or call 855.275. 5237 (855.ASK.JCFS).

Group Services for Adults with I/DD
Talk It Over: A Support Group for People with Disabilities

JCFS offers a range of groups over the year. These groups include, but are not limited to the following: relationship and dating skills, sexuality, your relationship with food, anxiety and anger management, financial literacy. For current offerings, call 855.275.5237 (855.ASK.JCFS) or email ask@jcfs.org.

Psychotherapy Groups

A long term group for men and women working on communication, relationships and managing feelings. Group offered in Buffalo Grove. Contact Dorinne Palmer, LCSW, or 224.625.2816

Developmental Groups for Children

For Children with Developmental Delays
For toddlers ( ages 2-3 years) to learn the fundamental skills needed to promote communications, early problem solving and following directions. A Friends peer group (ages 5-7) for developing social skills such as learning to read social cues and relate to other children is also offered. Contact Meredith White, MS or 847.412.4336

Social Skills Groups for Children

For children ages 5-13 who have difficulty finding their footing with peer groups and struggle to pick up on social cues. Groups allow for hands-on learning using play, expressive arts, outings, and discussion to help learn the skills necessary for forming and maintaining friendships. Groups for youth with developmental delays to explore topics such as feelings identification, frustration tolerance, effective communication, dealing with bullying and improving self-esteem are also offered. Contact Alissa Rotblatt or 773.467.3769

Divorce, Separation & Co-Parenting

The JCFS Divorce Specialty Center offers groups for adults in all phases of the divorce process to meet with others who are dealing with the financial, emotional and parenting issues related to this transition. Groups for children dealing with divorce are also offered. Contact Tammy Sollo, LCSW, or 847.412.4347

Grief and Loss

The Jewish Healing Network offers workshops, ongoing groups and Community Presentations related to illness and loss. Our Help and Healing Workshops utilize art, music, books, and meditation to enable the healing process. Healing Hearts offers grief support groups in the Northwest Suburbs.
Jewish Healing Network: Contact Elizabeth Cohen, LCSW or 847.745.5404
Healing Hearts: Contact Rosalie Greenberger or 224.625.2819

Interfaith Couples and Families

Groups for interfaith couples to explore family traditions and future religious decision making, including children, extended family and traditions. Workshops are also available for couples with children to explore their religious and spiritual values and how to make decisions about raising a child. Contact Rosalie Greenberger, LCSW or 224.625.2819 or Rabbi Ari Moffic 312.550.5665

Parenting

Preschool
Parents need support. The Get-Together is a group for parents, grandparents, nannies and children (ages 0-5) to meet others and share experiences, ideas and concerns. Also offered is a Social skills group (ages 3-5). Contact Joanne Kestnbaum, LCSW or 773.765.3121

School Age
Parenting is a journey, don’t take it alone. Parents can learn the latest research and trends, and gain new ideas for handling those “now what” times. Programs may target specific age ranges (grades 3-5 or middle school, for example) or specific topics (Girl Drama or Raising Emotionally Healthy Boys). Contact Tracey Lipsig Kite, LCSW or 847.745.5411

Teens
Growing up is hard to do! Groups for parents seeking support are also available. Contact Sarah Casper or 773.516.5506