Raising a juvenile can be challenging. Support is available. Below are some organizations who provide emotional support, education, and/or information though various other options are available in DuPage County.
Informal support can be offered by extended family, friends, churches, and other community-based groups. It is normal to feel overwhelmed and stressed when in a caregiver role. It is important for caregivers to care for themselves. Asking for help is often an important step. Support is available. You do not have to do it alone.
Boys Town National Helpline (800-448-3000)
Crisis hotline available 24/7. Trained counselors offers guidance and expertise to help you understand your child's behavioral issues and offer you ways to address them. Counselors are available to talk when you are feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, or out of options.
Parent guides are also available and contain a range of useful materials, including tips, articles, Q&As and videos. Guides are targeted for developmental stages (toddler, grade school, tween, teen).
A FREE email series is available to help you with parenting challenges related to common topics. Each series consists of weekly emails that run 4-6 weeks, discuss a specific parenting issue, include a teaching activity and a relevant social skill.
Charts and contracts can be an effective way to maintain family harmony and monitor family responsibilities. These parenting tools help ensure consequences and rewards are contingent on specific behaviors or social skills you want to see from your kids.
National Parent Helpline (855-427-2736)
Offers emotional support from a trained advocate 8am - 5pm CST.
Project HELP (630-357-LOVE)
Offers a FREE, in-home Parent Mentor Program and a FREE, three week Parent Education Workshop. Also offers FREE online developmental milestone assessment (children under five) and a confidential mental health screening tool. (A screening tool does not diagnose mental illness but can help identify individuals who may benefit from reaching out to a mental health provider.)
Parents Matter Too
Discusses practical strategies within a supportive group of parents. Develop parenting skills and gain knowledge about the risks and stresses kids are facing. You can discuss your concerns with an expert and receive support as you weigh options and make decisions. Conversational Circles offer an in-person opportunity to speak with other parents about challenges and solutions. Resource pages outline links and contact information for other available services in the community.
Offers a variety of resources and information about bullying. Bullying is defined and sections specific to parents and youth are available. Warning signs a youth may be experiencing bullying are outlined in the link below.
Naperville-based organization that supports parents and caregivers by sharing current parenting and educational resources, news, strategies, and inspiration from leading voices in a variety of fields.
Community-based organization in Aurora focused on building strong family foundations. Services includes parenting education programs (skill building to prevent or address issues related to child abuse or neglect; group format with other families for support and information sharing)
WAYS (Wayne/Winfield Area Youth/Family Services)
Community-based organization assisting local residents develop supports and skills. Services Include STEP (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting), which (teaches parents to understand their child's behavior, communication, setting limits, and applying consequences.
Glenbard Parent Series: Navigating Healthy Families
FREE, community-based lectures and presentations by local and national experts in a variety of fields dealing with youth. Topics cover many issues facing today's youth. Some programs are presented in Spanish and a specialized series is also available - FUSE: Families United in Support of Equality and Excellence for African-American Students (Co-Sponsored by the DuPage Branch of the NAACP).
Upcoming Speakers - Glenbard Parent Series
*Advanced registration is not required.*
Five minute videos for teens and parents showcasing recent GPS speakers and programs.
PARENTS AS TEACHERS
Supports children from the prenatal period through preschool as well as their parents. This early childhood intervention program offers routine parent education, discusses stages of healthy child development, offers developmental screening, and is FREE to parents residing in select DuPage School Districts. We partner with the following school districts in DuPage County: Addison SD 4, Bensenville SD 2, Community Consolidated SD 93, Fenton SD 100, Keeneyville SD 20, Marquart SD 15, Queen Bee SD 16, Roselle SD 12, Villa Park SD 45, Wood Dale SD 7, Woodridge SD 68
Contact Vicki Trotter (firstname.lastname@example.org), Director - Parents as Teachers Program, and/or view these links for additional information:
Project HOPE (Birth to 3 Program) - West Chicago School District 33 (630-473-0778)
Offers services to qualifying families with children ages birth to 3 years old. This is an early education intervention program that focuses on parent-child Interactions, developmental-centered parenting, and family well-being and connections to resources.
Families expecting a baby or with children under age 3 are screened for the program using our needs matrix. Contact Project HOPE for a screening to determine eligibility.
DuPage Prevention Leadership Team (PLT)
Visit the For Parents page for educational information about substance use, including strategies for starting conversations with your children about substance use.
Offers confidential advocacy, support, and service coordination 24/7. Call or online chat functions. Bilingual advocates available.https://www.thehotline.org/
Overview of services available in DuPage County and surrounding Illinois communities.https://www.ilcadv.org/get-help/
Services include Hotline, Emergency Shelter, Court Services/Advocacy, Children & Family Services (individual, group, family, parent support), and Adult Services (individual support & case management, support groups, education, workshops).
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