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.



Groups like this are needed because some of us men need building up, we need somebody to talk to and relate to, and the resources that this group has to offer. Family Focus is helping us find jobs and getting our records cleaned-up so we can be independent and take care of our families. -- Jesse, Father of two

Monica Olivares

Once again, my Family Support Worker to the rescue. I learned all about milestones and what I should expect from Michelle that helped me to understand my child and be patient. I learned the facts and the tricks about all I needed to raise my daughter. It was easier for me to toilet train, handle tantrums, and teach healthy eating habits and all that while keeping in mind that I was important, too. -- Monica Olivares

Afterschool Activities

Primarily we chose Family Focus’ Afterschool Activities program because we believe in the program. Ralph
is a special reason, because he has so much to share and is such a strong positive influence on every child.
However, all of the staff are good and strong. It is a pleasure to see my child involved in this beautiful, rich,
diverse environment.