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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!


Para obtener más información sobre el Programa Mi Familia, haga clic aquí.

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

*Individual parent coaching and support sessions are also available. Residents of Oak Park qualify for free-of-charge parent coaching.

Each month we will have a new topic to help guide our discussions.

Monthly Topics
Groups, Meeting Dates,and Times

Groups, Meeting Dates, & Times

Program Location

Program Location

The Groups are meeting via Zoom. Once we are able to meet in-person, the groups' sessions and parent coaching will take place at our conveniently located Oak Park office.


To Learn More About ITAV

Please contact

For our Spanish speaking group, please contact:

Nieves A. Esquivel, Psy.D. at

ITAV Inquiry Form
Group Registration Form
Any information you provide is strictly confidential. 
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Meet ITAV staff

Meet the It Takes A Village staff

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Nieves A. Esquivel, Psy.D.


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Katherine M. Ford, MSW


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Felicia Owens, Psy.D., LPC


ITAV Webinar: "I have feelings too!" 

Connecting with your children

Major support for It Takes A Village comes from the Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township.


Additional support provided by:


Community Health Care Report


To view the Community Mental Health Report click here.

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