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ChildServ hosts 2014 Ravinia Event this Friday!: TRAIN with the Wallflowers

ChildServ will host its SOLD OUT Ravinia event this Friday with a tented reception and performance by Grammy-award-winning band Train, along with the Wallflowers. Special thanks to event co-chairs Tina Pickell and Greg Hummel, as well as their committee and RD committee chair John Gotschall for preparing this wonderful event!

Learn more here about our Ravinia Event.

Meet the Conners, a military family made stronger with ChildServ

Anne and Kevin Conner* and their family of five first came to ChildServ because they wanted tchildservo learn how to cope with Anne’s deployment to Afghanistan. They knew that it would have an emotional impact on the whole family and wanted to prepare themselves.

As the deployment date approached, ChildServ’s Military and Veteran Family Counseling Program therapist worked with the Conner’s to help them understand what changes and challenges to expect in the days that would follow. The family received formal counseling sessions, which helped them deal with any emotional issues they were facing such as separation, loss, changing parenting roles, and communication.

Thanks to his counseling, Kevin was prepared when one of the children began acting out. He also had the opportunity to enroll himself and his daughter in ChildServ’s Parent Empowerment Program. Their family’s PEP parent educator helped their youngest daughter become better prepared for school and provided her with the extra attention that she needed in Anne’s absence.

Anne is still in Afghanistan and her family is waiting for her safe return home. At times, Kevin and the kids struggle without their wife and mom around, but with the help of ChildServ, things have gotten easier and they will continue to get better.

*For the family's privacy, their names and photos have been changed.

Palatine Community Action Team hosts nationally recognized author July 5

ChildServ, Children’s Home + Aid, Adler School of Psychology and the Elgin District NIC of the United Methodist Church presented Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph.D.,the founding co-director of Faith Voices for the Common Good and Founding Co-Director of the Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School, Saturday, July 5,at Barrington United Methodist Church for a special event to teach faith leaders how to minister to veterans returning from active duty. For more information and photos, please view us on facebook.


ChildServ President and CEO presents position paper on the state of at-risk youth in Chicagoland.
On April 30, ChildServ hosted a white paper presentation and panel on at-risk youth. President and CEO James C. Jones released the agency's position paper: "The State of At-Risk Children in Metropolitan Chicago: Ready by 21."To read "Ready by 21," please click here.

To view photos of the event on Facebook, please visit facebook.com/childserv.

ChildServ featured in column by Gail MarksJarvis, award-winning Tribune columnist and best-selling author

ChildServ was featured in a special column on giving by Chicago Tribune columnist Gail MarksJarvis. To read this wonderful article, please click here.


ChildServ offers free counseling for military and veteran families

Free counseling is available to Chicago-area veterans, reservist, active military members andFree counseling to military and veteran families provided by ChildServ

Free counseling is available to Chicago-area veterans, reservist, active military members and their families through ChildServ. Appointments can be made in two ChildServ locations located in Chicago’s Englewood or Austin neighborhoods, or for in-home counseling visits in Maywood, Forest Park, Berwyn, Cicero, Westchester and on Chicago’s South and West sides.

Men and women who have served in any branch of the military are eligible, regardless of discharge status, as well as their family or household members.

Services include individual counseling for children, adolescents, and adults, as well as family counseling. The program addresses and supports the challenges of family adjustment, reintegration, bereavement, sexual trauma, post-traumatic stress, and others.

To learn more about this free program, call ChildServ at (773) 239-8942.


ChildServ President and CEO featured on WGN


ViewChildServ President and CEO James C. Jones's feature as Chicago's Very Own.You can also see Mr. Jones on WGN's People to People.


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