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Chicagoland’s Child and Family Service Provider

At ChildServ, we put kids and their families first.

Each year, ChildServ helps at-risk children and their families build better lives and reach their potential. We provide community-based programs, including counseling, early childhood education, foster care and adoption services, residential group homes, and community support to vulnerable children and families in Cook, DuPage, Kane and Lake counties.

Our Proud History:

ChildServ was founded as the Methodist Deaconess Orphanage in 1894 by Lucy Rider Meyer, a key figure in the Settlement Movement of the late 19th century. The Orphanage initially served European immigrants and their children struggling to adapt and survive in Chicago. 

Later, Ms. Rider Meyer, her colleague, Jane Addams (founder of Chicago's Hull House), and other pioneers in the Settlement Movement recognized the growing need for additional services, creating both our country's first network of health and human service providers and the social worker profession.


In our 121 years, ChildServ's programs have improved the lives of more than 130,000 vulnerable children and families in Chicagoland, proudly upholding and building on the legacy of the Methodist Deaconess Orphanage. 

We look forward to continuing to realize Lucy Rider Meyer's vision which has become our mission: to help at-risk children and their families build, achieve and sustain better lives and provide the highest quality of care and support for our clients.   

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