Mission: Family Focus helps Chicago-area families living in low-income communities to give their children the best possible start in life. We do whatever it takes to help families gain the confidence and skills to be the parents they want to be.
Results: Last year we served 20,000 people through direct service and referrals. We partner with families to help them access the tools and resources they need to become self-sufficient. This partnership approach differs from the usual social service model and makes the participant invest in their own success, thereby creating long-term change.
Target demographics: Our target beneficiaries are children 0-5 years old, but to impact that age demographic you must first target the family unit.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Young children, immigrants, teen parents, fathers.
Geographic areas served: Chicagoland area including Aurora, Cicero, DuPage, Englewood, Evanston, Hermosa, Highwood, Lawndale, and Melrose Park
Programs: Family Focus concentrates on the needs of young children (0 -5 years) but provides services to children of all ages. Their community-based support services build upon families’ inherent strengths and help young children by providing their families with the skills and support they need to thrive - principles of the Family Support Movement. Family Focus proactively customizes programs to the needs of the communities served. These community specific programs are culturally appropriate to ensure the best outcomes. With a strong focus on the needs of infants and their families, they address the unique issues faced by parents with young children, pregnant and parenting teens, grandparents raising grandchildren, estranged fathers and families exposed to violence. The specific needs of immigrant families are also addressed with a comprehensive range of programs and services. In addition, Family Focus helps families connect to a wide range community services and health care providers and provides after-school programs for children in 40 Chicago-area schools.
Family Focus provides my family reliable, safe, fun before and after school care. My son loves attending and playing games with other kids and the staff. He actually does get mad at me if I come early! The staff is kind and generous and help to establish routines that support my son's academic needs. I am so grateful that this exists for my family.
My son receives services from Family Focus and they are awesome! He has the best time with the staff and his friends after school. They always have the best activities planned for the kids and also help them with homework. I couldn't be happier!!!
Family Focus is exceptionally helpful in taking care of our 2nd grader during after school hours, and on full days when school is closed. The staff takes exceptional care of our child, helps get homework done, feeds healthy snacks and supplies plenty of fun time for all of the children.
I would definitely recommend Family Focus to anyone needing great childcare!
I am a participant at family focus lawndale in the PI program where there is a lot to offer. My experience at family focus has made me a better person and the staff is like mothers and fathers that some have never had, like me. I was taught the value and meaning of life with my parent educator. They even have workshops to help you be better parents, friends and role models or just to blow off some steam. We also do field trips with our children that most parents can't afford. This is like going to grandma's house where there is the greatest dishes, warm embraces, smiling faces, uplifting chatter, positive interacting, feeding the needy, and not judging the greedy. If we had more people to support family focus then we will have higher goals for our community.
I am a participant at family focus and my experiance with family focus has been a great one since I came to the PI program. When I first came to the program I had no hope. This program gives me a lot of motivation and encorugement, even though I am going through kind of difficult time I know if I need help with something the wonderful people at family focus will do their best to help me with anything they can. Also my kids enjoy being apart of family focus, they can be themselves and enjoy being a kid. So thanks family focus for being apart of me and my kids life. I am very glad to be apart of this program.