Children’s Home & Aid Society receives $20,000 grant

Children’s Home & Aid Society of Illinois has been awarded a grant of $20,000 by the Meryle A. Stockhus Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois.

According to Judith Loudin, the grant will be used to reach an additional six to 10 high-risk children in the Early Prevention in the Community (EPIC) program. This early mental health treatment program serves first through third grade children with a current mental health diagnosis (e.g. Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Mood Disorders, etc). Without EPIC services, these children might otherwise not receive mental health services until exhibiting more dramatic maladaptive behaviors (requiring more intensive, more restrictive services away from their home and community). EPIC is provided to help the area’s most needy children to help them develop the social skills and coping strategies needed to find success in school, in their families, in the community and in their futures.

Children’s Home & Aid Society of Illinois was founded in 1883 by the Reverend Martin Van Buren Van Arsdale. The Rockford office was opened in 1939, and serves an 11-county area. Programs include Adoption, Foster Care, Adoption Preservation, Parents Care & Share, Pregnancy and Early Parent Counseling, Early Prevention in the Community, and Family First. The office serves DeKalb County with Healthy Families Illinois, and Rock Island County with Adoption Preservation. The regional office serves an average of 1,500 clients per year.

The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is a not-for- profit community foundation that supports charitable programs in the four-county area of northern Illinois, comprising Winnebago, Boone, Ogle and Stephenson counties. Since its founding in 1953, the Foundation has given nearly $2 6 million in grants to community projects and organizations.

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