Spring/Summer 2019 Programs

Specialized Camps

“Here I Am” After-Camp
If you’re planning ahead for summer 2019, consider an “After-Camp” Therapy Group designed for children who would benefit from therapeutic support during the summer months with a focus on emotional needs, struggles in social settings, and difficulty navigating relationships.

Glick Family Camp
Get ready for campfires, canoeing, crafts, and more at Glick Family Camp! Children, teens, and young adults with disabilities, special needs, and developmental delays and their families will spend the weekend relaxing, meeting other families, and enjoying beautiful Illinois countryside. Staff will lead campers in a variety of creative, stimulating, and interactive activities.

Camp Firefly
While offering the best of summer fun, Camp Firefly is designed to support children, teens and young adults who oftentimes have difficulty connecting with peers and navigating social situations. Campers come away with meaningful life lessons and friendships that continue long after the summer ends.


Support and Relief for Individuals and Families

The Get Together
The Get Together is a weekly socialization group for parents, grandparents, caregivers and children, newborn through 5 years old. Meet new people, share experiences, ideas, and developmental concerns as children play. This group is led by JCFS family and child development therapists.

Sibshops offer brothers and sisters of children with a variety of special needs a place to meet other siblings in a relaxed, supportive and recreational setting. For kids ages 6-12 years old. Teens are also welcome.

Sunday Respite
We use a supportive, nurturing and therapeutic approach for children with I/DD, combined with fun, social and recreational activities, giving parents time for a break. Sessions are offered 1-2 Sunday afternoons per month.

Lev Chicago Respite
An after-school respite program for Jewish children with I/DD that provides a nurturing, therapeutic, social/recreational and religious observant environment for children, and a break for parents.

Healing Hearts: Grief Support Group for Spouse/Partner Loss
For older adults who have experienced the death of a spouse or partner over the last two years. Meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month.


Therapeutic Groups for Children

Toddler Play Group (2-3 years old)
Encourages early interactions and focuses on participating in circle time and engaging in play time activities.

Play Group (3-5 years old)
Focuses on the development of language and social skills, along with building play and friendship.

Handwriting Group (various ages)
Fun, engaging activities are used to target each child's fine motor, bilateral coordination, visual-motor and handwriting skills.

Friends Club/Peer Group (5-7 years old)
Does your child have difficulty finding their footing with peers? Consider enrolling your child in this group that uses hands-on learning and play activities based on Michelle Garcia Winner's Social Thinking approach.


Professional Training

Connections Early Childhood Training Institute
Connections Early Childhood Training Institute is a six-week summer program for early childhood teachers and professionals, offered by the JCFS Chicago Virginia Frank Child Development Center. It emphasizes the importance of building strong teacher and caregiver relationships with young children to promote a secure, healthy and productive learning environment.



Adoption and DNA Testing: The New Frontier
Tuesday, April 30
Join us for a panel discussion and Q&A session to talk about how “Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing” is impacting the identity journeys in adoptive families. This event is made possible by a generous donation from the Rubens Family Foundation.

Networking for Success: The Jewish Connection
Tuesday, May 7
Join JVS Career and Employment to expand your Jewish networking options. Job seekers will have the opportunity to expand their employment connections and business owners meet potential job candidates while promoting their business.

JCFS Chicago and The Lauri S. Bauer Foundation for Sudden Loss present: The 7th Annual Conference on Help, Healing and Hope After Loss
Thursday, May 9
The sudden, sometimes traumatic death of a loved one can be life-changing for those left behind. Survivors may feel regret, guilt and anger over their loss, and oftentimes struggle with complicated grief. The presentation will address common reactions to sudden loss and offer coping strategies.

A Striking Event: Under the Stars at Ravinia
Wednesday, June 19
Join us for JCFS Chicago's annual fundraiser, A Striking Event: Under the Stars at Ravinia. The evening includes food, raffle and a musical performance by Juilliard Quartet. We are pleased to present Susan Duman with the Irving B. Harris Leadership Award and Dr. Lisa Wolfe with the What's Possible Award.

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