Get to Know Family Focus

Learn how Family Focus helps nurture children by strengthening families. We help caregivers put the pieces of parenting together, one piece at a time.



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Success Stories

A.D. came to Illinois with her son, Javier. She did not speak English, making her feel out of place and lonely. She became a participant in Family Focus’s programing and drastically improved her life. A.D. learned English and gained parenting knowledge. She now has three daughters, all of whom have been a part of the Family Focus programming preparing them for pre-school and beyond.




  • I wanted to dance just like other girls did. But we didn't have the money and transporation for dance class. [Family Focus] helped me overcome this obstacle.

                            -Haide, Age 13


    I love ballet [but] the classes are too expensive for my family...and the program [at Family Focus] helped me to get a scholarship. I am more responsible and I put more effort into what I do.

                            -Juliana, Age 11

  • "[My dream] is for my sons to go to college, my daughter too, so they can have a better life.” Rivera looked at her newly-secured citizenship certificate. “It’s not too late for me either now that I have this,” Francisca Rivera

  • “I made a good choice in coming to the Family Focus program,” reflected Jamilla Chatman, “I feel better than what I did. I was failing, but now I’m doing a lot better!”

  • "Before the class, I didn't know walking, standing and leaning may help stimulate contractions, and that kneeling may relieve back pain and hemorrhoids. I'm glad I attended the Prenatal classes." - Antone Robinson, teen father

  •  "I was thankful my doula was at my birth. I thanked her for her services before she left the hospital".-- Gabrielle Young, teen mother


Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2015


Strategic Plan Executive Summary

From a single drop-in center in Evanston, Illinois, Family Focus now provides holistic family support services to over 20,000 individuals through programming, outreach, and crisis services.


Bilingual (Spanish) Home Visitor/Family Support Worker

JOB TITLE: Bilingual (Spanish) Home Visitor/Family Support Worker
CENTER:  Family Focus Aurora (Aurora, IL)
REPORTS TO:  MIECHV Program Manager

OVERVIEW:  Family Focus’ mission is to promote the well-being of children from birth by supporting and strengthening their families as individual units and within their communities. We are committed to ensuring our centers provide exemplary services with innovative programs and that family support principles are integrated into every aspect of the work.

Olivia Shares Her Family Focus Story

"I was homeless at 18 and I was adopted and I was in foster care. My best is only what I’ve seen and what I’ve seen isn’t really good at all. It’s hard for me to unlearn that behavior. I was doing the same that was done to me. And I was trying to change, but you can’t really unlearn behavior unless you learn something new. A counselor suggested I take parenting classes at Family Focus."

To read Olivia's full story, click here.

Evanston Receives $5,500 Grant for After School Programs

Evanston Receives $5,500 Grant for After School Programs


Evanston has received a $5,500 grant from our friends at the Jack and Jill of America, North Shore Chapter! This grant is for the after school program at our Evanston center and will allow for us to serve even more of Evanston's awesome students. 

Pictured is JoAnn Avery (left), Evanston Center Senior Staff Primary Prevention Program Coordinator and Center Director, Dr. Dorothy Williams.

To learn more about Jack and Jill ofAmerica, click here