Building futures

Every child deserves the right to a good education and the chance to achieve their fullest potential. But for children who suffer from trauma, abuse, neglect, and violence, paying attention in school, building positive relationships, and feeling safe are obstacles that are almost impossible to face alone. This is where JPA steps in. Our mission is to improve the social and emotional well-being and functioning of vulnerable children.

We do this by providing individual and small group therapy in schools, social and emotional development to classrooms, support to parents and caregivers, and through consultation with educators and child welfare experts. Our goal is to help kids heal so they can build a better future.

Learn more about JPA's new mentoring program 9th Gear



Treatment and counseling

JPA’s therapeutic approach involves harnessing children’s natural drive to learn, to succeed and to engage in positive relationships, while working to transform psychological barriers that impede progress.

With over a decade of work in schools in some of Chicago’s most challenged neighborhoods, JPA has learned that positive and responsive relationships play a fundamental role in creating wellness and success. We find that children are ultimately much more motivated to learn by positive relationships than by, for example, material rewards.

JPA not only provides therapy to children, but it helps educators discover new strategies and interventions they can use with one child or an entire classroom.

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Information resources for parents, caregivers and professionals


JPA believes in parternships where everyone - teachers, support staff, parents and caregivers, and even the children - can contribute to building healthy communities and positive relationships. JPA's Learning Center is aimed at professionals in child welfare, educators and families. Learn more


Serving communities for over 115 years

Throughout its 115 year history, JPA has been at the forefront in addressing child abuse and neglect. Founded by Jane Addams and her colleagues during the Progressive Era, JPA is a reflection of their desire to uplift society and their belief in the possibility of reform. In its earliest incarnation, JPA provided the city’s first probation officers for children.

JPA serves more than 2,000 children and families each year.

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Your contributions help thousands of families each year.


Spring Gala Event

JPA thanks all of the sponsors for supporting our May 20, 2016 Spring benefit:
Go for the Gold!


Thank you!

Thanks to all our supporters in
2015 and 2016!

Juvenile Protective Association
1707 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614

Tel: 312.440.1203
Fax: 312.698.6931