CHILDRENS HOME & AID SOCIETY OF ILLINOIS

aka Children's Home & Aid   |   Chicago, IL   |  www.childrenshomeandaid.org

Mission

Children's Home & Aid's mission is to advance the well-being of children by investing in families to disrupt the systemic and multi-generational cycle of racial, social and economic inequality. Our vision is an equitable world where all children and families thrive in strong communities.

Ruling year info

1933

President and CEO

Mr. Michael J. Shaver

Main address

200 W Monroe St Suite 2100

Chicago, IL 60606 USA

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EIN

36-2167743

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Children's Home & Aid does what is needed to support children, youth and families across Illinois. Our programming targets the biggest issues facing many families - from education and community-based mental health services to foster and residential care programming that keeps families together and helps children return to loving homes.

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?

Programs Overview

Children’s Home & Aid programs are organized under three practice areas: Child Welfare, Education and Family and Community Services.
 
Early Childhood Care and Education is one of Children’s Home & Aid’s largest programs, serving over 1,200 low-income children each year. The agency operates five Early Childhood Centers located in Chicago, Palatine, Carpentersville, Schaumburg, and Bloomington. Each location provides priority enrollment to children of adolescent parents, victims of child abuse and/or neglect, and children from very low-income households.
 
Clinical and Community Services encompass youth services, residential services, parent support and child and family counseling. In many cases, children served at the agency’s early childhood centers transition into the neighborhood schools where the agency is a partner. After-school programming emphasizes academic support, visual and performing arts, recreation, and leadership development. Children’s Home & Aid also provides community-based clinical counseling services to children and families. The agency addresses the mental health needs of youth in medically under-served communities where mental health and social-emotional problems frequently go undiagnosed and untreated.
 
Family-Centered Services incorporate foster care, adoption and intact family services. Intact family services and adoption preservation keep families together through child protective services, family preservation and reunification and extended family support. Foster care serves children whose families are unable to care for them due to a crisis. The children are placed in a temporary safe haven until they may be returned to their biological families or until a permanent, loving home can be found. Children's Home & Aid provides foster care services to over 3,000 children each year. 

Children’s Home & Aid provides over 60 programs organized under three practice areas: Family Centered Services, Early Childhood Services, and Clinical and Community Services. The agency offers services in eight Core Service Areas: Adoption Services, Foster Care, Intact Family Services, Child and Family Counseling, Parent Support, Residential Services, Youth Services, Early Childhood Care and Education.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

Children's Home & Aid provides a continuum of trauma-informed Youth Services in some of Chicago's most fragile neighborhoods. We currently reach at least 600 at-risk or justice-involved youth in Greater Englewood alone. Youth Services seeks to address both the risk factors of violence while strengthening protective factors against violence, as identified by the Center for Disease Control.

Our programs in the Englewood area includes:
- trauma-informed clinical counseling in schools and community locations
- Choose 2 Change
- Mentoring
- Violence prevention
- Young Father Engagement
- Summer youth employment

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

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 participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Programs Overview

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Family relationships, Social and economic status

Related Program

Programs Overview

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children in foster care who have stable placements

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Infants and toddlers, Children, Preteens

Related Program

Programs Overview

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients referred to other services as part of their support strategy

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Family relationships

Related Program

Programs Overview

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients in residential care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children, Preteens

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

The mission of Children's Home & Aid is to provide “help, hope, and opportunity" to Illinois children and their families. To accomplish this mission, Children's Home & Aid implements a wide variety of programs for children and families.

Due to the range of its programming, the particular goals of each program at Children's Home & Aid are detailed in an evidence-based Theory of Change that delineates each program's target population, activities, process indicators, short-term goals, and long-range outcomes. For example, the agency's residential care program seeks to accomplish the following objectives for its residential care program at the Rice Center: (1) 85% of Rice residents who are discharged over the course of the year will be discharged to a less restrictive setting; (2) the average length of stay for residents discharged to a less restrictive setting will be 18 months; and (3) 75% of placements of former residents will remain stable for 90 days.

Children's Home & Aid is working to create an agency that consistently tracks and reports on programming impact, using results to drive service decisions. Team ImPACT (formerly Best Stat) is Children's Home & Aid's internal performance improvement process. Through the Team ImPACT process, agency programs (and some agency initiatives) measure the work they do and the outcomes clients/staff achieve. Programs and initiatives review their performance regularly in quarterly Team ImPACT meetings, where the agency comes together to support staff in improving the work we do.

Children's Home & Aid is committed to using data to measure results and inform continuous
program improvement, and it retains a professional evaluation staff to support this function. The agency has developed a structured process, known as Team ImPACT, to evaluate its programs, including the Rice Center, and use data to improve practice at the direct service level. Team ImPACT measure the work we do with clients and the outcomes clients achieve, in order to evaluate program performance. Programs review their performance regularly in quarterly Team ImPACT meetings where the agency comes together to support programs in improving their work. The aim of Team ImPACT is to evaluate the effectiveness of our activities by analyzing certain measures, and to allow programs the opportunity to continuously adjust and refine their activities to have greater impact on client achievements and outcomes.

In 2020, Children's Home & Aid has begun to introduce the Team Impact: Partnership for Collaborative Transformation, formerly known as Best Results!. Team ImPACT will be replacing the agency's Best Results! process, as Children's Home & Aid has decided to reshape and rebrand the Best Stat process for a number of reasons, including:

-The agency wants to make the process as MEANINGFUL and USEFUL for programs as possible. To do this, Children's Home & Aid is making a number of changes and wants a new name to reflect these changes; these changes include developing theories of change at the individual program level looking at program activities AND outcomes, working more closely with the QI and Training teams, and looking at measures that are more meaningful and can be more readily impacted.
-Children's Home & Aid wants a brand that more clearly reflects that the process is one about INTERNAL transformation of programs/initiatives, not an external process that is driven by funders or donors.
-Based on the results of the agency culture survey, the organization wants to reflect the agency desire for less "market based" (compete--"Best") to more "clan based" (collaborative--"Team").

Financials

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Operations

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

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CHILDRENS HOME & AID SOCIETY OF ILLINOIS

Board of directors
as of 07/07/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Alan Conkle

PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLC

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 8/10/2020

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
Decline to state
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/10/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.