JUVENILE PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION
RECOGNIZED FOR SUCCESSFUL PARTNERSHIP
IL, NOVEMBER 19, 1997 -- "Protecting Children, Treating Families,
Rebuilding Lives," a partnership between Chicago’s Juvenile
Protective Association and the Illinois Department of Children and Family
Services, today garnered one of two Honorable Mentions in the competition
for Mutual of America Life Insurance Company’s 1997 Community Partnership
The annual award is given to nonprofit organizations nationwide that
have created partnerships with the private, public and social sectors
that aid in the development of cohesive communities.
1994, the Juvenile Protective Association has been collaborating with
DCFS to help create a model treatment program for abused and neglected
children and their families, and to institute a Best Practices model
for child welfare.
a Model of Practice has been formed on the premise that the clients
are responsible for their own actions and are the persons who need to
be engaged if change is to occur.
Award Selection Committee was impressed by the ‘Protecting Children,
Treating Families, Rebuilding Lives’ program’s impact on the
lives of the children and families it serves," said Thomas Gilliam,
President and Chief Executive Officer of the Mutual of America Foundation.
"The program is an excellent example of how government in partnership
with the social sectors can work in a positive, creative and more efficient
the program, clients receive an individualized assessment and treatment
plan that ranges from assistance with food, shelter, employment and
education, to various forms of counseling and psychotherapy.
this partnership, JPA and DCFS have redefined how child welfare professionals
treat clients beyond a child abuse investigation and court action,"
said DCFS Director Jess McDonald. "The model’s basic premise
is that clients must be empowered to take responsibility for their actions,
rather than social service providers doing the work for them. As a result,
DCFS is redesigning its training to enhance direct service workers’
skills in helping families define their own goals and desirable outcomes."
Juvenile Protective Association is one of only a few agencies which
provides extended counseling for as long as it is needed, and services
are provided free of charge to those who cannot afford them.
new Model of Practice explicitly defines dysfunctional areas of family
life and how families can be engaged in healing and changing those areas,"
said Richard Calica, Executive Director of the Juvenile Protective Association.
"Our success demonstrates that the negative effects can be remedied
when child and adolescent victims are responded to swiftly with care
criteria for the Mutual of American Community Partnership Award are
the duration of the partnership (a minimum of one year), a demonstration
that the partnership has made a difference, the ability of the partnership
to be replicated and to stimulate new ideas in addressing social issues,
and the partnership’s commitment to the mission and principles
of the organization.
Community Partnership Award winner for 1997 was the ACORN Clinic of
Brooker, Fla., for its "A Level Playing Field" program, which
operates in partnership with the University of Florida in Gainesville.