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Causes: Ethnic & Immigrant Centers, Family Services, Family Services for Adolescent Parents, Human Services, Immigration

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.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Family Focus in an amazing organization that is committed to bettering the lives of families in the Chicagoland area. What makes them unique is that they focus on the entire family unit, making sure there is support available for each and every member of the family -- children, moms, dads, grandparents. I continue to be amazed when I listen to the testimonials of individuals young and old that have been impacted by the power of the Family Focus family. This organization is truly making a positive and meaningful impact in the Chicagoland community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Family Focus is committed to strengthening families in the Chicagoland area. They understand the needs of the families they work with which translates to successful outcomes. I started as a volunteer and was so impressed with the staff and their work that I became a board member.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Family Focus changes lives, one family at a time. The centers are a part of the communities they serve, and all you have to do is walk into one of them to understand what a difference they make. Every day, with every child.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Family Focus aids families living in Chicago’s low-income neighborhoods to give their children a better running start in life. While Family Focus concentrates primarily on the needs of young children (0 -5 years), it delivers assistance services to children of all ages. As a long-term board member, I have visited all their centers multiple times and have personally observed how the how the highly professional and dedicated staff address the unique and diverse needs of inexperienced parents (frequently teens), single fathers, grandparents raising grandchildren, families exposed to violence, and non-English speaking immigrant families. The work performed by Family Focus makes a very meaningful difference in the life of many families living in Chicago’s low-income neighborhoods.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The mission of Family Focus is to help families in low income communities provide their children with the best foundation for success...and that is exactly what they do. Through the very dedicated staff of professionals at the 7 centers, Family Focus is able to provide a wide range of services to children and their families including early childhood, youth development and family support services. Having seen firsthand the impact Family Focus can have an the people it serves I am proud to be affiliated with this organization.

Ruth G.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Family Focus serves Chicago area families with thoughtfully designed programs for a wide variety of people with diverse needs. Most important is the spirit of the organization, combining the highest levels of professionalism with warmth and respect for every participant.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Family Focus is a truly wonderful Organization that helps people with their family and early childhood needs in eight different challenging communities in the Chicago area. I have visited several of them and know how vital and effective their work is. The Directors of the centers are remarkable and really know the communities. In many cases they are from the communities and always highly competent so that the needs and responses are authentic. The entire organization is based on best practices in child development and family development but the programs are suited to what is actually going on. My husband and I are very supportive because we have great faith in the staff and the work they do. Susie Kiphart