Beyond Incarceration

This program, still in its pilot phase, supports children with incarcerated parents through 3 programs: 

  1. Field trips for extended families and support networks who often reside in communities disproportionately affected by incarceration  

  2. Arts-focused programs for children and caregivers  

  3. Museum-based visitation for children and their incarcerated parents  

To learn more about this program, please email partnerships@chicagochildrensmuseum.org

Community Resources

Early Childhood Education and Childcare Services

Illinois Action for Children*

Chicago Department of Family & Support Services*

Metropolitan Family Services*

Ounce of Prevention*

Continuing Education and Re-entry Supports

Illinois Re-entry Resources*

Safer Foundation*

City Colleges Continuing Education*

North Lawndale Employment Network

Health and Wellness for Children/Teens

Metropolitan Family Services*

Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4)*

All Kids: Illinois Children’s Health Insurance*

Lawndale Christian Health Center (child/parent groups)

Health and Wellness for Adults

NAMI*

Heartland Health Centers*

Bright Star Community Outreach*

FamilyCare: Illinois Parent’s Health Insurance*

Employment and Training

Opportunity Advancement Innovation*

Workforce Delegates: Chicago Dept. of Family and Support Services*

LUV Institute (teens/young adults)

City of Chicago (youth employment)*

Food and Nutrition

Illinois Hunger Coalition*

Cook County-wide Food Assistance Locator: Greater Chicago Food Depository*

Application for Benefits Eligibility (ABE)*

Nutrition Case Management: Greater Chicago Food Depository*

Rental Housing and Homeowners

Illinois Housing Development Authority*

Chicago Dept. of Family & Support Services: Emergency Housing*

Chicago Dept. of Family & Support Services: Rental Support*

Housing Authority of Cook County*

Peer Supports

Rainbows for All Children*

Lurie Children’s Center for Childhood Resilience

Metropolitan Family Services*

Chasing 23 Youth Empowerment

Family “One Stop” Case Management

Family Community Resource Centers*

CEDA Family Support & Community Engagement*

Bright Star Community Outreach

*City- or county-wide services

Resource list created in partnership with Chicago Beyond, Center for Childhood Resilience, and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.