Children’s Home & Aid 

Children’s Home & Aid partners with children, youth and families whose potential is at risk to create hope, opportunity, and bright futures. Our vision is that All children, youth and families thrive in strong communities. We link children to a network of opportunity and care, to extended family, teachers, mentors, and the resources of their neighborhood and community. For more than 130 years, we go wherever children and families need us, and where that work has been proven to be most effective: at home, in the classroom, in the neighborhood, in the course of daily life. Our offices are located across Illinois and serve more than 40,000 children and families each year in over 60 counties. 


Mike Shaver, President & CEO                                                                     

Contact: MaShaun Alston  Email:

Family Focus

The mission of Family Focus is to promote the well-being of children from birth by supporting and strengthening families in and with their communities. We help parents gain confidence and competence as the primary caregivers and educators of their children. We provide parents and their children with critical resources and learning opportunities to encourage healthy development in their communities. Our areas of focus are Early Childhood Development, Youth Development, and Family Support Services.


Merri Ex, President & CEO                                                     

Contact: Bobby Vance Email:

Fathers, Families, and Healthy Communities

Fathers, Families & Healthy Communities confronts racism, poverty and policy that limit relationships between Black Fathers and their children. Through training, collaborative partnerships and advocacy, FFHC creates new pathways for men to connect with their children, their families and their communities. We believe that fathers are an underutilized resource and an overlooked asset that can help break the cycle of poor child outcomes in many of our communities. By connecting African-American fathers and their families to a range of services and resources, FFHC provides fathers with the tools they need to meaningfully engage with their families – and ultimately to give their children a better chance at success.


Dr. Kirk E. Harris CEO & Co-Founder

Contact: Reggie Hicks                                                                                    

Metropolitan Family Services

Metropolitan Family Services empowers families to learn, to earn, to heal, to thrive. Part mentor, part motivator, part advocate, Metropolitan provides a wide variety of programs and services designed to strengthen families and help them realize their full potential. Since 1857 Metropolitan Family Services has been the engine of change that empowers Chicago-area families to reach their greatest potential and positively impact their communities. We have more than 1,000 full- and part-time professional staff dedicated to providing quality services to families throughout Chicago, DuPage County, Evanston/ Skokie and the southwest suburbs. In 2018, we reached over 79,000 people across the city and the suburbs.


Ric Estrada, President & CEO

Contact: Nathan Wright Email:

Power of Fathers
5958 S Marshfield Ave
Chicago, IL 60636





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