Family Focus

The Department of Family and Support Services


The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) supports a continuum of coordinated services to enhance the lives of Chicago residents, particularly those most in need, from birth through the senior years. DFSS provides families with the resources they need to create a strong developmental and educational foundation for children as well as offers youth, opportunities to learn and explore their talents outside of the classroom and through job training. For your convenience,  the links for the Family and Support Services page and the Children Services  page are provided . 

The Maryville Academy Crisis Nursery

The Maryville Academy Crisis Nursery offers a safe harbor for children 5 years of age and under when parents have nowhere to turn and no one to turn to during a family or personal crisis.  They are a free center-based program where children may stay for as many as three days.  Their goal is to prevent abuse and neglect of children and help a family stabilize their situation by providing
support and resources.  Examples of a crisis include times when families may experience domestic violence, parental stress, medical emergency, or need respite care. Visit Maryville's website or call the 24 hour help line 773-205-3637

All Kids Program

All Kids Program is a complete healthcare program for every child in Illinois.  Children age 18 or younger who live with their families in Illinois and who need health insurance can get All Kids.  Pre-Registration forms are available in the 38th Ward office.  For more information visit All Kids Covered or call 1-866-255-5437.

Chicago Kids Identification System

(KIDS) is a continuing service provided by the City Clerk's Office. KIDS works by taking a digital picture of your child along with information provided by the parents.  This information is stored securely in the Clerk's office to be used only when police and the family report that a child is missing.  Parents receive an ID card with their child's picture and fingerprint using new, inkless technology.  The service is free to Chicago parents.  Call 312-744-2506 to schedule for more information or to schedule an appointment.

The Neighborhood Parents Network

The Neighborhood Parents Network is a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to helping parents raise happy, active, and involved children.  Visit their website at Neighborhood Parents Network .

This is Me

This is Me provides adolescent and teen girls with diverse enrichment opportunities.  For more information, visit their website at This is Me