Education & Support Groups

Ways to learn, find support and grow

JCFS Chicago offers education and support groups through many of its program areas. Upcoming events and groups are listed on our calendar.

Adoption Support

Adoption and infertility support offers a range of services 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 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 773.765.3159

Adults with Disabilities and their Families

Community Education
Periodic community education lectures on a variety of topics of interest to people with disabilities, their families and professionals such as Creative Solutions to Holiday Stress, Healthy Sexuality and Disability, Special Needs Trusts, Guardianship, Estate Planning and more. CEUs are available. For a full list of community education lectures, refer to our calendar. To register, or for more information contact Jen Nalbantyan or call 773.765.3158

Psychotherapy Group

Ongoing group for men and women working on communication, relationships and managing feelings.  Offered in Buffalo Grove and Skokie. Contact 847.392.8970

Therapeutic Groups for Children

Toddler Play Group (ages 2-3) focuses on activities and skills that promote social/emotional communication, early problem solving and following directions. Handwriting Boost (for various ages) uses fun, engaging, themed activities to target fine motor, bilateral coordination and visual-motor skills. This group also focuses on letter formation, size, alignment and spacing, and works to improve each child's overall grasp, posture and core strength. Contact Megan Kowalski or 847.412.4335

Preschool Socialization Group

Therapeutic social skills group for children ages 3-5 with an emphasis on emotional regulation and social development. Contact Kathy Ham at 773.765.3125 to register or for more information.

Social Skills Groups for Children

We offer a range of therapy and social skills groups for children and teens ages 5-15 who have difficulty finding their footing with peer groups and struggle to navigate relationships. Groups include practice with communication, discussion of common social struggles, team building activities, therapeutic intervention, and expressive arts to help children and teens learn the skills necessary for forming and maintaining healthy friendships. Groups explore topics such as feelings identification, conflict resolution, frustration tolerance, effective communication, dealing with bullying and improving self-esteem. Contact Alissa Rotblatt, LCSW or call 773.467.3769

Divorce, Separation, Reunification and Co-Parenting

The JCFS Chicago 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 Tami Sollo, LCSW, or 847.412.4347

Grief and Loss

JCFS Chicago's illness, loss and spiritual support 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. Contact Marsha Raynes or call 847.745.5408


The Get Together provides an opportunity for parents to meet with other parents with young children. Parents share ideas and concerns with each other and professional staff while their children play and explore together. This group meets weekly on Mondays, and is led by a JCFS Chicago child development professional. Contact Mollie Reed, LCSW or call 773.765.3100

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

Growing up is hard to do! Groups for parents seeking support are also available. Contact Lisa Ehrlich, or 773.516.5506