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.
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.
The Learning Center
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.