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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

December 12

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.

Program Location

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 |

For our Spanish speaking support groups, please contact:

Silvia Rosman, MSW

773.665.8052, ext. 251 |

Minority Family Program Staff

Inquiry Form
Any information you provide is strictly confidential.
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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.

Natalie & Ben Heineman Smart Love Center

2222 N. Kedzie Blvd.

Chicago, IL 60647

Oak Park Location

1010 Lake Street, Suite 500

Oak Park, IL 60301

Preschool: 773.665.8052 ext. 1

Counseling: 773.665.8052 ext. 4

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