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ChildServ Celebrates 120 Years with Historic Gala

In honor of its 120th birthday, the Board of Trustees of ChildServ hosted the agency's 120th Gala, on November 21 at the Chicago Cultural Center. The Lucy Rider Meyer Humanitarian Award was bestowed to United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, and nationally renown singer Johnny Vincent performed. Special thanks to all of our sponsors and donors for making possible this historic event.

2014 Holiday Gift Giving Season Begins
ChildServ friends and donors are invited to sponsor a child or volunteer to wrap gifts for the annual ChildServ Holiday Gifts Program. Click here to learn more!

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.

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