Grants To Improve Parenting Programs in Chicago Neighborhoods

September 23, 2012

chicago family initiatves strengthening neighborhoodsThe Robert McCormick Foundation and the Chicago Tribune have partnered up to announce 27 grant awards that will assist local agencies with parenting programs. Residents of new homes in Chicago will be pleased to see that these programs will be making Chicago-area communities safer for children.

The motivation behind the awards is to strengthen the social and emotional well-being of Chicago’s children by reducing the risk of child abuse and preventing violence against children.

The grants total $850,000 and the money will be distributed to organizations in Cook and other nearby counties.

Here’s a brief rundown on some of the award recipients that will soon be working even harder to make Chicago a safer place.

Voices for Illinois Children

Award: $50,000 will be used to support Chicago-area children’s mental health advocacy and training programs.

One Hope United Northern Region
Award: $30,000 for the Wings/Healthy Families program which will provide parental skills and family support services to families at risk for child abuse and/or neglect in Lake and McHenry counties.

Casa Central Social Services Corporation
Award: $30,000 for the Safe Start Program that explores the effects of violence on young children in eight West Side communities.

Crisis Center for South Suburbia

Award: $25,000 for the Children’s Services Program, which provides individual and family counseling as well as parent-child groups.

Children’s Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County
Award: $25,000 for the Safe from the Start Program which offers therapy services for children exposed to violence.

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