FCAN, the Families’ and Children’s AIDS Network, a program of Children’s Home & Aid, is dedicated to serving HIV-affected families through direct service programs, education, and advocacy.
Programs and Services
The Family Options Project is a multidisciplinary program of legal, social work, and supportive services for HIV-affected children and families in the Chicago area
Red Ribbon Trails are a series of semi-annual retreats for HIV-affected families and annual retreats for adolescents from across the state.
We provide support to caregivers of children in homes impacted by HIV/AIDS through the Positive Planning Project.
The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group is a 5-week support group held by social workers and designed to support the unique needs of older caregivers raising young children.
Children’s Grief and Loss Support Groups are structured 10-week support groups held by social workers and designed to help grieving, HIV-affected children access the support they need.
In addition to providing direct services, FCAN advocates for laws and policies that will address the unique needs of HIV-affected families. In order to improve current programs and policies, FCAN coordinates a statewide network of HIV service providers and families through Chicago Roundtable and Downstate Caucus meetings. FCAN has been instrumental in reforming Illinois laws and systems that impact legal options for Illinois families and support children who are at risk of – or have been – orphaned by HIV/AIDS.