IL -- March 31,2000 -- Congressman
Danny Davis and Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)
Director Jess McDonald, along with the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent
Health and nine eminent community organizations will announce a collaborative
community project on March 31st at 11 a.m. The project is designed
to aid families in crisis and protect children in the Austin and North
Lawndale communities from abuse or neglect.
“Safe Child Initiative: Sankofa, Looking Back to Go Forward,”
grew from a June 1999 town hall meeting held by Congressman Danny Davis
with the National Council of Negro Women as featured participants.
Funded by DCFS, the initiative will aim to develop strategies in
collaboration with churches, social service agencies, health providers
and citizens in the 7th Congressional District to prevent the
unnecessary disruption of families, by helping families in crisis before
child abuse and neglect happen. The North Lawndale and Austin communities
in Cook County receiving supportive services from DCFS will be directly
involved with this pilot project. Currently, 20 percent of the DCFS client
population resides in these communities.
project grew directly out of grass roots community concern and activism.
DCFS, churches, social service agencies, health providers and citizens
have worked together to find meaningful, effective, innovative responses
the urgent needs of our children.
The program is aimed in the first place at assisting and strengthening
families - at prevention," said Congressman Danny Davis.
"This project is much more than just a telephone number.
It represents a qualitatively new level of thinking, a new level
of co-ordination, a new level of commitment to children in crisis."
Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health will manage the implementation of
the program. The project involves the creation of a 24-hour, locally based,
family support hotline - 1-800-KID-4345. The offices will be located at
3333 W. Arthington. Services will also include a coordinator who will
work with families currently involved with DCFS. In addition, project
staff will identify resources in the community as referral services for
families in crisis.
are excited about providing these services to parents who may not receive
it elsewhere,” said DCFS Director Jess McDonald.
“During stressful times, parents need supportive resources
to help them deal with the various circumstances that life places in front
We are stepping forward to provide an array of resources directly
to this community.”
Child Initiative Partners
AM ABLE Family Development Corp.
Caucus for Adolescent Health
Department of Children and Family Services
Council for Negro Women
Church One Child