Child & Family Services
The Child & Family Services Program assists parents with issues involving their children’s education and development, in order to improve children’s outcomes in school and beyond. Our services:
• Assist parents with enrolling their children in preschool, elementary, middle, and high school
• Help parents to communicate with teachers and administration at schools
• Support students struggling in school and help to resolve any challenges in translation or adjustment
• Encourage parents to become advocates for their children through workshops and programming
In the 2017-2018 fiscal year, the Child & Family Services program served:
with a total of
365 case activities.
The Child & Family Services Program also includes a Parent’s Group to bring mothers and fathers in the IMAS community together for workshops about the American primary education system, child care and how to support their kids’ development and education.
If you are interested in these services, call us at (773) 409-4597 and ask for Muntaha Alhindi to make an appointment!
مساعدة العوائل من ذوي الاطفال
للحصول على المساعدات التي تلزمكم يرجى الاتصال بمديرة شؤون العوائل ذوي الاطفال: زينة خادم -لتحديد موعد
2600 W. Peterson Ave, Suite 100, Chicago, IL 60659
Rayah is a refugee from Iraq. She has been in the United States for approximately four years. During the last year through the Immigrant Family Resource Program, IMAS provided Rayah assistance in applying for Medicaid and SNAP benefits for herself, her husband, her children, and her elderly mother.
IMAS also helped Rayah to access necessary medical services through referrals to care providers and assisted her in understanding the healthcare and health insurance systems.
Finally, her IMAS Case Manager referred Rayah to other IMAS staff for Child and Family Services. These referrals resulted in Rayah being able to register her child in a private kindergarten and for her to become a parent volunteer at the same school. This was her first job of any sort in the United States.
In Rayah's words:
“When I came to Chicago, I did not know anyone who could help me. I consider IMAS like a family. Whenever I have any question, there is someone who can answer it for me.
I would not have been able to access benefits without IMAS. Before I came to IMAS I did not know where to apply. An IMAS volunteer went with me to the Illinois Benefits office. The benefits office did not have interpreters for Arabic, so the IMAS volunteer helped translate for me. I did not know what benefits I would be eligible for until IMAS helped me. My neighbor recommended that I come to IMAS for housing issues because I was in a home that was not suitable.
I have recommended IMAS to several people from different countries for help for various issues including housing, education, and public benefits. This includes people who are new to the country and people who have been here for many years.”
My family and I strongly appreciate the tremendous efforts by the Child & Family Services Program at IMAS. The organization has been very helpful and supportive in assisting us and our children. [The program] has provided us much information on the rules and regulations of Chicago Public Schools and helped us register our children in school.
My wife and I have attended workshops given by [the Child & Family Services Specialist] and others that deal with topics related to raising children in the United States, the challenges we will face as parents here, and how to integrate into the community while maintaining our identity.
IMAS has also provided workshops for our children on issues important to high school students, as well as activities and field trips. My wife is also a regular attendee at meetings for the IMAS parent group, which has provided us with more information on parenting and how to be an effective leader in the community.
During these workshops and meetings, IMAS has connected us to other refugee families as well as families from the wider Chicago community.
My family and I are truly grateful for the work of IMAS in helping us to integrate and develop our lives in our new country and second home, the United States.