Parent and Youth Groups
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Smart Love Family Services welcomes the parents and children of minority families in the greater Oak Park area to be part of our Minority Family Program, a free-of-charge year-long program providing knowledge, peer support, and guidance uniquely tailored to fit their needs. This great resource empowers families to better understand their children’s behavior and emotions, along with factors that affect their self-regard and success at school, home, and in life.
Parent and Youth Groups offer safe, supportive and confidential space for exploring the concerns, questions, and issues that affect minority children and how their parents contend with them to ensure their physical and emotional well-being in school and in their communities.
Parents and children come to separate biweekly Saturday Group sessions to gain ideas, knowledge and encouragement in dealing with issues such as:
Helping children understand and process current affairs appropriately for their age
Identifying and overcoming inequalities and coping with racist attitudes and systems
Establishing positive and healthy at-home learning environments
Finding and supporting children’s positive motives during these challenging times
Managing “the homework struggle” during the pandemic
Encouraging a healthy, positive sense of self and identity in the context of a dominant culture
Developing positive communications and problem-solving skills
Reinforcing the making of good choices
Maintaining a positive attitude toward school
Dealing with siblings, peer pressure, and stress
Establishing parental expectations and setting boundaries
Building healthy and happy relationships
Smart Love’s dedicated professionals lead the Group meetings, providing a non-judgmental, caring, environment for parents and children to confidentially share their experiences, ask questions, and express their hopes. Participants are encouraged to learn from one another and Smart Love staff, whether they simply come and listen—or actively participate in discussions and connect with their peers.
Children from 6-18 are welcome to participate in the Youth Group sessions. Individual parent coaching and support sessions are also available free-of-charge for MFP participants who are residents of Oak Park and Proviso Townships.
Upcoming 2020/21 Group Meeting Dates & Times
January 9, 23
February 6, 20
March 6, 20
April 3, 17
May 1, 15, 29
June 12, 26
The Groups meet from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m.
During the COVID crisis, 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.
Smart Love Family Services
1010 Lake Street, Suite 500
Oak Park, IL 60304
Inquiries and for More Information
To speak directly with our group coordinator, please contact:
Daniece Townsend, M.A., LPC, NCC
773.665.8052, ext. 207 | firstname.lastname@example.org
For our Spanish speaking support groups, please contact:
Silvia Rosman, MSW
773.665.8052, ext. 251 | email@example.com
Minority Family Program Staff
Katherine M. Ford, MSW
Jessica Hudnall, M.A.
Dr. Felicia M. Owens
Dr. Gabrielle Rodriguez Franco
Silvia Rosman, MSW
Daniece J. Townsend, M.A., LPC, NCC
Major support for the Minority Family Program 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.