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Chicagoland’s Child and Family Service Provider

At ChildServ, we put kids and their families first.

Each year, ChildServ  intervene on behalf of thousands of children in threatening situations. Our staff and volunteers are dedicated to providing children in the Chicago-area counties of Lake, DuPage, Kane, and Cook with safe, loving homes and stimulating learning environments, either through family support programs, through adoption and foster home placement, or through enriching group home settings.

ChildServ is a child and family services organization, providing community-based programs to underserved children and families in the Illinois counties of Cook, Lake and DuPage. Our services range from family support groups to group homes for youth in Lisle, Naperville and Downers Grove. ChildServ serves children and families in our community through a comprehensive, tailored service program that truly helps children build, achieve and sustain better lives.

ChildServ recognizes that the strength of our organization lies in our commitment to community and the preservation of family. Our homes and services represent more than just a warm bed. In addition to shelter in a therapeutic group home setting, ChildServ provides children and families with:

  • Counseling
  • Group therapy
  • Life skills education
  • Social activities and recreation

Our Proud History:

Founded as the Methodist Deaconess Orphanage in 1894, ChildServ was created to help the children and families of European immigrants struggling to survive in the fastest growing city in the world, Chicago, well before the arrival of
modern health and human services and well before the onset of modern entitlements and legal protections.

The Methodist Deaconess Orphanage grew out of the so-called “religious and social settlement movements” which were especially active in late nineteenth century Chicago. Led by Lucy Rider Meyer (founder of the Chicago Training School of Missions, Wesley Memorial Hospital and the Methodist Deaconess Orphanage) and by Jane Addams (founder of Chicago’s Hull House), the religious and social settlement movements helped create the social work profession and
America’s first network of health and human services.

The vision, genius and legacy of Lucy Rider Meyer lives on today in ChildServ whose mission has been, since 1894, “To help at-risk children and their families to build, achieve and sustain better lives.” As European immigration, African-American migration from the south to the north, and Asian and inter-American
immigration have changed the face of Chicago, ChildServ has been here to help children and families in need. In fulfillment of our mission, our methods are constantly evolving to accommodate changing demographics, cultures and public policies.

ChildServ is proud to be the direct-descendent of the Deaconess Orphanage and Ms. Lucy Rider Meyer. For over 118 years, the legacy that is ChildServ has represented the marginalized and the voiceless. . .especially those whose individual and family struggles have been complicated by chronic poverty and systemic prejudice. For over 118 years, the legacy that is ChildServ has meant humanitarian assistance, community engagement and empowerment, and human rights. For over 118 years, ChildServ has been a refuge of help and hope.

Learn more about ChildServ. View our child and family resources and our recent News.

See our latest videos on YouTube. Read our 2013 Annual Report, our  2012 Annual Report and our 2011 Annual Report.

To donate or volunteer, or for general information about foster child care or services at our family service center, call (773) 693-0300 or email

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