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Families ETC - Families Empowered to Change

Mailing Address:
620 Dakota Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60012

Phone: 815-308-0860
Fax: 815-455-3863

Contact Person: Chris Foley, Program Director

Web Site: http://www.familiesetc.org

Population Served:
Serious Emotional and Behavioral Disturbances,Mental Illness/Mental Health

Mission:
To provide immediate help and support to families with challenges at home, school and in the community.

Description:
Families ETC offers a Parent Assistance Line (PAL)[847-961-5353]that allows parents/caregivers to speak directly to another parent who understands the challenges and difficulties of parenting kids with complex needs. Our Family Support Partners are here to listen to your challenges, provide helpful information, discuss options, and offer encouragement.   We provide help in the following areas: navigating the Behavioral Health System, Special Education and Juvenile Court systems; support groups for parents and siblings; educational workshops and opportunities for training; finding community resources; and parent coaching and mentoring. Families ETC is committed to building a stronger community by providing education, support and assistance to: ¨ Families of children with complex emotional and behavioral challenges. ¨ The community at large in order to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness while creating greater understanding and opportunities for the affected families. ¨ Partners, such as schools, mental health professionals, community agencies, the juvenile justice system.

Organization role:
• Provide family to family or youth to youth support on an individual family or youth level (e.g., peer-to-peer, family support partners, parent navigators)
• Sponsor/run support groups for families or youth
• Provide education to families or youth on issues of interest
• Provide training and mentoring of family members or youth (e.g., to assume leadership roles, act as provider)
• Provide training and presentations to system of care/child serving agencies or community
• Provide technical assistance (e.g., to other family or youth organizations, child serving agencies)
• Organize conferences
• Participate in child serving system/system of care policy-making and leadership groups
• Participate in child serving system/system of care management meetings
• Provide quality monitoring and evaluation
• Provide advocacy

Organization type:
• A local family-run organization without national or statewide affiliation
• A family-run or youth-guided organization with a current or past affiliation with a System of Care Community of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program (i.e., CMHS System of Care grant site)

Region(s) served:
• Local

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