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It Takes A Village 

Smart Love's Free-of-Charge Support for Families of Color

Raising children truly does take a village.  Join us for our next meeting!


Smart Love Family Services welcomes families in the greater Chicago and Oak Park areas to be part of It Takes A Village, a free-of-charge program for parents and youth of color that is uniquely tailored to fit their needs. Smart Love’s dedicated professionals lead Group meetings, providing a caring, confidential, and non-judgmental environment for parents and youth to share their experiences, ask questions, and express their hopes. Together, the groups build community, gain knowledge, and set the course for happy futures.

Parents and youth come to separate Group sessions to gain ideas, knowledge and encouragement in dealing with issues such as racial identity, inequalities, racist attitudes and systems, and current affairs. 

Groups, Meeting Dates,and Times

Groups, Meeting Dates, & Times

Finding Strength Together

African American Parent Group 

Youth Group

Ages 6-18

Program Location
ITAV Inquiry Form
Meet ITAV staff

Program Location

The Groups are meeting via Zoom. 


To Learn More About ITAV

Please contact

Group Registration Form
Any information you provide is strictly confidential. 
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Meet the It Takes A Village staff

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Katherine M. Ford, MSW


Felicia Owens, Psy.D., LPC


ITAV Webinar: "I have feelings too!" 

Connecting with your children

Funding for this program is provided by:


Community Health Care Report


To view the Community Mental Health Report click here.

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