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April Redzic, Director of Marketing
8765 W. Higgins Road, Suite 450
Chicago, Illinois 60631
Email: aredzic@childserv.org
Phone: (773) 867-7350
FAX: (773) 693-0322

ChildServ in the News:

ChildServ President and CEO featured on WGN

View ChildServ 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, which aired February 2 and 3!

James C. Jones honored as Chicago Defender Man of Excellence

ChildServ President and CEO James C. Jones was honored as a 2013 Chicago Defender Man of Excellence on January 25. All 50 awardees were recognized for their integrity, strength and courage.

Group homes' relationship with the community featured in The Daily Herald

Read how ChildServ group homes work with the community to give young adults who have been abused and neglected the support they need to grow and learn in the Daily Herald.

Media Releases:

December

ChildServ supporters provide holiday gifts for more than 1,100 at-risk kids in Chicagoland

ChildServ is proud to announce that, with the support of local churches and schools, many Chicagoland businesses and countless volunteers, the organization was able to provide and distribute gifts to more than 1,100 children in its care. We are especially grateful to UPS, UBS, The Boys Scouts, and the Methodist faith community for their help in making this program possible.

November

ChildServ honors west suburban resident and Mid American Group CEO Jim Lill for community service

On November 14, ChildServ honored Jim Lill, Chief Executive Officer of Mid American Group, Inc. in Westmont, for his service to at-risk children in Chicagoland at the organization’s annual Founder’s Day Dinner, an event that celebrates those whose community service reflects the spirit of Lucy Rider Meyer, ChildServ’s founder. ChildServ President and CEO presented Lill with the Lucy Rider Meyer Humanitarian Award, along with Peter Hanes of Libertyville and David Lambert of Palatine.

In addition to being a generous supporter of ChildServ, Lill is active in many organizations. He has served on the Butler University Board of Trustees from 2009 to the present and OVID Butler Society and he is the Chairman of the Advisory Board of Davey Risk Management and Insurance Program at Butler University. Lill is also involved in Association House, Gilda’s House, Lawrence Hall School for Boys, Children’s Home + Aid, Pioneer Center of Crystal Lake, Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park, Illinois, Helping Hand Center of Hodgkins, Trustee of Cathedral High School of Indianapolis, Indiana and the Presidents Board of Saint Xavier University. A long-time Rotarian, Lill is past President of the Hinsdale Rotary Club and the District Governor of Rotary 1 in Chicago.

Lill is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago; the Executives' Club of Chicago where he serves on the Finance Committee; the Union League Club of Chicago; and the National Association of Health Underwriters. In addition to his volunteer involvement, Lill was the Captain of the Butler University Football team in 1969 and Rotarian of the Year in 1991. He was listed as one of America’s Most Productive Brokers in 2002, 2006 and 2007, and Nationally Best Retail Agent/Broker in 2008 and 2010, both in Crain’s Business Insurance.

Lill resides in Hinsdale with his wife, Mary Marttila Lill of MJM and Company. They have three children, Christopher, Andrew and James.

More than 150 guests helped raise $28,000 for the agency’s programs through ChildServ’s Founder’s Day Dinner.

October 2012

ChildServ urges Illinois adults to report domestic violence

As October marks the beginning of National Domestic Violence Prevention Month, ChildServ urges all people to become aware of how to report domestic abuse and violence. Knowing in advance what to do can lead to a quicker response and better care for the child or adult in question.

To report child abuse, call the Abuse Prevention Hotline: 1-800-25ABUSE.

To report domestic violence against an adult, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233.

DCFS and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence recommend calling the hotlinewhenever you believe that a person living in a household, adult or child, hasbeen injured or harmed, or put at risk of physical injury.


Auxilliary Board, Howard Sandifer create a night of song for the children served by ChildServ

The Auxiliary Board of ChildServ hosted “From the Top of ‘My Kind of Town’: An Evening of Frank Sinatra,” an intimate concert event to benefit ChildServ’s programs for children and their families on Wednesday, May 9 at the Metropolitan Club at Willis Tower. Funds were raised for the children and families helped by ChildServ, thanks to the generosity of ChildServ donors and UPS.

The evening included buffet hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and a premiere cabaret show based on the music of Frank Sinatra produced and presented by nationally recognized jazz musician Howard Sandifer. Sandifer is a Chicago native and CEO of the Chicago West Community Music Center.

ChildServ invites the public to foster parenting info sessions

As we recognize April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, ChildServ invites caring adults in Chicago and its suburbs to learn more about how they can change the lives of children through fostering. Please consider attending one of our orientation sessions or calling ChildServ at 773-867-7323 for more information about becoming a foster parent.

The agency hosts Foster Parent Recruitment and Orientation Sessions on the 3rd Tuesday of each month in Chicago. There are no fees or obligations to attend, and parents are particularly needed for Spanish-speaking children, teen moms and specialty foster care situations.

Cook County Location
Place: Harold Washington Professional Building, 5401 S. Wentworth 2N
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Call 773-867-7323 for more information or to RSVP.
Acompananos en la siguiente Orientación.

 
ChildServ urges Illinois adults to become aware of how to report child abuse

As April marks the beginning of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, ChildServ urges all people to make themselves aware of how to report child abuse. Knowing in advance what to do can lead to a quicker response and better care for the child or children in question.

To report abuse, call the Child Abuse Prevention Hotline: 1-800-25ABUSE.

DCFS recommends calling the hotlinewhenever you believe that a person who is caring for the child, who lives with the child, or who works with or around children has caused injury or harm or put the child at risk of physical injury as defined in the Abused an