ARDEN SHORE CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICE

Rebuilding Children's Lives Since 1898

Waukegan, IL   |  https://ardenshore.com/

Mission

The mission of Arden Shore Child and Family Services is to rebuild children’s lives in a caring community.

Ruling year info

1951

President & CEO

Dora Elssy Maya Ph.D.

Main address

329 N. Genesee Street

Waukegan, IL 60085 USA

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Formerly known as

Arden Shore Association

EIN

36-2167724

NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

Group Home, Residential Treatment Facility - Mental Health Related (F33)

Community Service Clubs (Kiwanis, Lions, Jaycees, etc.) (S80)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

All children should encounter a world of opportunity--a world where they can reach their full potential and lead happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives. What will be their passion? What career will they pursue? Will they marry? Where will they live? What parts of the world will they visit? But often, circumstances beyond their control intervene and they find themselves in situations that challenge their ability to meet their full potential. Poverty, housing instability, physical or mental illness, parental abuse and neglect, and abandonment are some of the very serious challenges facing children throughout our communities. These children and their families need a caring community to help them navigate these challenging situations by steering them along the road to success.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Intact Family Preservation Services

The Intact Family Preservation program is designed to keep children at risk of abuse and neglect with their families when it is best for their well-being. Families voluntarily participate in this program to avoid traumatic disruptions in the family unit and stay healthy and together. In this program, Arden Shore’s staff provides a range of family advocacy and support services, so that families can overcome their challenges and thrive.

Population(s) Served
Families

Without good mental health, overall well-being is unsteadied and vulnerable to negative events such as losing a job or the death of a loved one. Mental health services are available to participants in every Arden Shore program – building a strong foundation for physical, social, and emotional mental well-being.

Arden Shore’s therapeutic professionals work with adults, children, and families to make sure they have the tools they need to heal from difficult situations, including trauma, domestic violence, neglect, and substance abuse. When these conditions are left untreated, it is more difficult for individuals to accomplish everyday tasks that we take for granted such as getting and keep a good job, forming lasting relationships, and
maintaining physical well-being.

As part of its broader commitment to ensuring the vitality of the community, Arden Shore continues to expand its behavioral health services to include Medicaid-eligible individuals who are not otherwise receiving services at Arden Shore. This service is for individuals, negotiating a wide range of behavioral health and substance abuse issues, who otherwise are unable to afford ongoing support and training that is necessary for recovery and rebuilding.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Arden Shore operates a group home in Waukegan, Illinois that houses up to seven boys, ages 10 – 18 years who are unable to thrive in typical home environments. The home is a safe and caring environment and dedicated staff provide the support the children need to overcome early traumatic experiences and grow into healthy adults. The support includes in-home therapy to help them develop tools for dealing with stress and handle conflict; structured activities to create stability, such as part-time jobs; and training to help them live independently on their own.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Arden Shore knows that stable, permanent homes are foundational for children’s present and future well-being. When children have what they need to reach their full potential, they become thriving adults and contribute to our communities in meaningful ways.

Arden Shore makes sure children can recover and rebuild from abuse or neglect by working closely with foster parents to provide a nurturing home and stable environment. We do things like assessing the child’s physical and emotional needs before placement, working with the biological parents when possible, and regularly checking in on the foster parents and siblings.

Many adults play meaningful roles in helping children reach their full potential. Arden Shore has been repeatedly recognized by DCFS for exceptional foster parent involvement in providing input and guidance into our programs so we could make sure all our children have what they need to thrive.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Where we work

Accreditations

Council on Accreditation (COA) [for Children and Family Services] - Accreditation 2000

Council on Accreditation (COA) 2016

Awards

Foster Parents Involvemnt 2008

DCFS

Affiliations & memberships

United Way Member Agency 2002

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Unduplicated across the organization

Number of families who complete the program successfully, meaning the families received the help and services they needed to keep their children from entering the foster care system.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Intact Family Preservation Services

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of health outcomes improved

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Behavioral Health and Support Services

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Overall improvement in wellbeing at time of service completion

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our communities’ future—our social and economic vitality—depends upon all children having the resources and supports they need to build strong minds and bodies. When, together, we make sure that everyone can reach their potential and fully contribute to our society, we all benefit. Maximizing the potential of each and every one of our neighbors ensures that our communities remain vibrant places to live, work, and play.

Arden Shore is dedicated to providing children with the resources and support they need to become healthy adults, cognitively, socially, and emotionally. They are committed to rebuilding lives affected by trauma and abuse in a caring community through foster care, family support, behavioral health services, and residential programs.

Facing a Growing Challenge in Northeastern Illinois
There are approximately 400,000 children in the Foster Care system in the United States. In Illinois alone, there are approximately 18,000 children in the system. Since 2006, there has been a 33% increase of substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect in the collar counties (DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will), compared to 7% in the rest of the state. (Voices for Illinois Children, Child Health Matters, Illinois Kids Count 2014). A number of factors are contributing to the growth in these cases. The recent opioid epidemic is a significant contributing factor. The crisis is so severe — with a 32% spike in drug-related cases from 2012 to 2016 — that it reversed a trend that had the Illinois Foster Care system shrinking in size over the preceding decade. (Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) FY 2016 data)

A shortage of mental health services is another contributing factor. According to the Lake County Health Department, there is a considerable gap in the number of children and their families in need of mental health care treatment and those who are receiving them. (Live Well Lake County Community Health Improvement Plan, 2016-2021)

Additionally, rising child poverty rates in Lake County are driving the increase in abuse and neglect cases. Although Lake County is one of the wealthiest counties in the state by median household income, economic disparities in the county are dramatic. A metric of income inequality compares the ratio of income of the 80th percentile of households to the 20th. By this measure, Lake County is the most economically unequal of the collar counties, influencing the likelihood of stress experienced by Lake County families (Live Well Lake County Community Health Improvement Plan, 2016-2021).

Stable, permanent homes are foundational for a child’s well-being. When children have what they need to reach their full potential, they become thriving adults and contribute to our communities in meaningful ways. To help children and families living in challenging situations succeed, Arden Shore provides a continuum of services that strengthen all areas of the family structure, including: Intact Family Preservation Services; Behavioral Health and Support Services; Foster Care Services; Group Home Residential Services.

The root causes of childhood trauma are complex. To address the causes in the most effective manner possible, Arden Shore provides a continuum of services that strengthen the entire family in multiple areas of health and well-being. A safe, trusted place, located in Waukegan, Illinois, Arden Shore helps families to overcome their challenges and live healthier, more productive lives. Arden Shore's recent audits and reviews achieved exemplary compliance ratings with the Council on Accreditation (an international, independent, nonprofit human service accrediting organization), as well as the Illinois Departments of Human Services and Child and Family Services, which is evidence of quality service delivery and commitment to ongoing performance improvement.

Arden Shore has been serving the children and families in Lake County, Illinois for over 120 years. Throughout those years, Arden Shore’s goal of “Rebuilding Children’s Lives” has remained unchanged. Formed as a summer respite camp for immigrant mothers and children who moved to Chicago from Germany, Arden Shore has continually evolved to meet the community needs and shifting demographics in Lake County. Today, Arden Shore is uniquely situated to serve the children and families of Lake County, primarily Waukegan, North Chicago, Zion, Gurnee, Round Lake, and surrounding areas.

Arden Shore Child and Family Services is one of a very few culturally and linguistically competent behavioral health organizations in Lake County serving the Medicaid population. More than 90% of Arden Shore’s clients are residents of Lake County and more than 50% are Latino. Arden Shore’s staff reflects the diversity of the community. More than 50% of their staff is Latino and more than 60% are fluent in Spanish. As a result, their impact on families is greater because parents and children are more comfortable and willing to speak openly with therapists and staff who understand their language and culture.

Arden Shore has made significant strides in holistic support for families through implementation and ongoing to enhancements to the organization's Behavioral Support Services and Support program that have contributed to the improved well-being of families served across the organization.

In FY2020, Arden Shore’s Behavioral Health Support Services received certification as a Community Mental Health Clinic (CMHC). This designation includes coordination or direct delivery of the following services: crisis mental health services; screening, assessment and diagnosis; patient-centered treatment planning; outpatient mental health and substance use services; primary care screening and monitoring; targeted case management; psychiatric rehabilitation services: peer support, counseling and family support services; and services for veterans.

Looking Ahead. Arden Shore is uniquely positioned to reach those in most need of comprehensive care. With a long-term vision of providing both mental health and psychiatry services on-site, Arden Shore is in the process of remodeling the basement to increase capacity for behavioral health staff, services, and family-centered supports.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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ARDEN SHORE CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICE

Board of directors
as of 10/24/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dottie Rzeszutko

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Term: 2016 - 2019

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/24/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/29/2020

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.