Family Focus Aurora services the Aurora community in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. In addition to providing program services, our center has become a a community staple with community projects such as the Roots Aurora festival.
Family Focus, Inc. offers innovative, community-based programs that help parents, grandparents, and foster and adoptive parents, gain confidence and competence as the primary educators of their children. Family Focus has seven centers in Chicago and surrounding communities.
Early Childhood Home Visiting – Home visiting addresses critical years of social, emotional, and cognitive development with the parents in the home. Home visitors meet with families in the environment where they spend most of their time and track progress along developmental domains to ensure that children are meeting critical developmental milestones. Home visitors establish a customized Individual Family Support Plan at enrollment that is tracked by parent-teacher teams throughout the year. Parent-child activities are designed to involve the parent and child in sharing and learning activities that foster gross motor, language, fine-motor, social, and emotional skills. Parent reflections and family support worker reports/observations during home visits help gauge parental knowledge of child development and attitudes regarding parent-child interactions. All of our services are provided by home visitors with extensive early childhood training; in fact, we have many staff members who are former participants that went on to earn degrees in early childhood.
Family Advocacy Center – Known as FACs, staff called Family Support Workers (FSWs) partner with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to provide parenting classes and one-on-one support from a staff member to parents who have been reported to DCFS for potential abuse/neglect. This service has a big impact: Less than 2% of our families are re-reported to DCFS within 18 months in comparison to the Illinois state average of 32% re-reported.
After School Programming – After school activities are offered at the center Monday through Friday during the critical hours of 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.; the time when a lack of constructive activity and supervision can lead to risk-taking behavior. The majority of students attend regularly (4-5 days per week throughout the school year for three hours per day). Programs focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), literacy through creative writing and drama, and social-emotional growth.
Doula Services- A doula, also known as a birth companion or birth coach, is a non-medical person who supports and assists a woman before, during, or after childbirth, to provide emotional support and physical help if needed. Expectant mothers meet with doulas prior to birth to discuss birth plans, and education on prenatal care, what to expect during labor, and post-labor. Doulas are present during the entire birth process as an advocate and support system.
Power of Fathers Program – Open to new fathers, teen fathers, uncles, grandfathers, and fathers trying to reconnect with their families, this program helps fathers learn positive parenting skills and build relationships with their children in a safe, welcoming setting. This group provides comprehensive family support, including family night cook-outs and family field trips. This program uses the 24/7 Dad curriculum and also covers topics such as: father’s rights, ex-offender rights, job referrals, child support information, male-female relationships, grandfathering, parental self-esteem, domestic violence, child development, and more.
Immigration – Family Focus provides immigrant families and individuals with bilingual services to provide pathways to success including assistance with citizenship process by accredited staff, DACA renewal, interpretation services, ESL and GED classes, citizenship classes, referrals to healthcare, education and employment resources, and more.