Press Releases List
Innovative Leader in Child Welfare Returns to Children’s Home & Aid in CEO Role
Michael J. Shaver, a leader in child welfare and human services experienced in redesigning public systems and community-based, non-profit agencies, will return to Children’s Home & Aid, stepping into the role of President & CEO when the current leader, Nancy Ronquillo, retires June 30.
“Children’s Home & Aid is a first-in-class organization,” Shaver said. “The agency has a well-deserved reputation for always looking for strategies to improve on the work and reach better outcomes for children and families.”
Shaver served for seven years as Children’s Home & Aid’s Chief Operating Officer before leaving in 2014 to become the President & CEO of Children’s Home Society of Florida. “Some of the most important lessons I learned about being an effective CEO, I learned from Nancy,” Shaver said. “I learned the importance of building a strong team, listening to the field, and humility.”
April 5, 2019
Governor Vetoes House Bill 581, Increases Uncertainty for Illinois Business Climate
Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto Friday of HB581, the Social Services Contract Act, further destabilizes contractual relations with the State of Illinois. The legislation would have provided small businesses and non-profits that deliver state services to Illinois children, families, and communities with greater certainty when it comes to the contracts that govern their work.
In his veto message, Governor Rauner asserted that he supports reasonable measures that give greater certainty to social service providers. HB581 provides precisely such mechanisms. HB581 garnered bipartisan support and passed with super majorities in both the House and Senate, and would have helped non-profits manage with greater certainty in this uncertain budget climate.
The Illinois Collaboration on Youth, Voices for Illinois Children, and Children’s Home + Aid are disappointed with the Governor’s choice to veto this legislation and urge lawmakers to override the veto when they reconvene this fall.
August 29, 2016
Children’s Home & Aid’s Statement on the Executive Order Establishing the Governor’s Cabinet on Children and Youth
We applaud Governor Rauner’s formation of a Cabinet on Children and Youth. The many sources of funding and multiple state agencies that administer the services children need as they develop over 20 years often create artificial distinctions that distract us from our goal of growing healthy, educated children who are safe and thriving in strong communities.
February 18, 2016
Crucial Program to be Suspended for At-Risk Youth on Chicago’s South Side
On February 15, Children’s Home & Aid will suspend crisis intervention services for runaways and youth at risk of delinquency in Englewood and West Englewood. The services are delivered through the state-mandated Comprehensive Community-Based Youth Services (CCBYS) program, which has been operating without payment since July 1.
January 25, 2016
Children’s Home & Aid’s Woman’s Board Gala Raises More Than $550,000 for Early Childhood Education
During the 95th annual Woman’s Board September Gala more than $550,000 was raised to support early childhood education in the Chicago area. Rob Johnson, CBS2 News Anchor, was the master of ceremonies at the gala where 425 guests gathered to support three of Children’s Home + Aid’s early childhood centers.
September 12, 2015
Children’s Home & Aid Wins $1 Million Grant for Project to Curb Youth Violence
From more than 200 proposals, a program developed by Children’s Home & Aid, a leading child and family service agency in Illinois, in partnership with Youth Advocate Programs, Inc., has won a $1 million grant to reduce youth violence in Chicago.
June 4, 2015
Community Child Care Center of Palatine Township Receives ExceleRate Illinois Gold Circle of Quality Designation
Children’s Home & Aid’s Community Child Care Center of Palatine Township received the Gold Circle of Quality designation from ExceleRate Illinois, the state’s new quality rating and improvement system for early learning and development providers.
October 22, 2014
Statement Regarding Recent Campaign Ads Linking Governor Quinn to DCFS-Involved Abuse and Neglect Deaths
Protecting and caring for children in Illinois should be a top agenda item for all our elected officials and we welcome increased awareness of the problem. Recently however, sound bite driven debates of DCFS-involved abuse or neglect deaths have reduced the complex issue of child welfare to a single statistic that does a disservice to the children we all want to protect.
October 9, 2014
Hoffmann Family Supports Children’s Home & Aid
Children’s Home + Aid unveiled the construction of a new child and family center, the “Jerri Hoffmann Child + Family Center.” The project was announced at the organization’s annual gala held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago.
Children’s Home & Aid Woman’s Board Honors Mr. and Mrs. Gary Ahlquist
During its Annual September Gala, the Woman’s Board of Children’s Home + Aid honored Mr. and Mrs. Gary Ahlquist with the Pauline K. Palmer Award for their exceptional commitment and service to vulnerable children and families. The event is taking place the evening of Friday, September 5th at The Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago.
September 5, 2014
Local Organization Celebrates 75 Years of Providing Home and Aid to Rockford’s Vulnerable Children
Children’s Home + Aid will celebrate its 75th anniversary with an open house from 1 to 5 p.m., Thursday, July 31. The event will be at the Northern Region Administrative Office, 910 Second Ave., Rockford.
July 17, 2014
JPMorgan Chase Foundation Funds Children’s Home + Aid’s Learning Lab in Chicago’s Englewood Community
Chicago, IL – Children’s Home + Aid will host an opening ceremony for their newly launched Learning Lab U, an innovative computer and training center housed at Children’s Home + Aid’s Mitzi Freidheim Englewood Child + Family Center, on Monday, June 9, from 1 – 2 pm.
June 9, 2014
Expulsion Three Times More Likely in Preschool than K-12
Bloomington, IL (March 8, 2014) — Children’s Home + Aid and the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development hosted a day-long conference today entitled Expelled by Five: Implications for Early Childhood and Beyond. Bloomington’s Mayor Tari Renner opened the event, which was attended by renowned experts in the field of early childhood education and over 100 Illinois childhood representatives and childhood education providers.
March 8, 2014
Illinois Committee Joins Forces to Protect Children – April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
Children’s Home + Aid, Prevent Child Abuse Illinois and the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services join forces to honor National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April. With events throughout the state, the three organizations, with dozens of partners statewide, aim to spread awareness about the issue of child abuse in Illinois and assist the public in locating and utilizing available prevention resources.
March 27, 2014
CHILDREN’S HOME & AID WOMAN’S BOARD HONORS JERRY M. REINSDORF
During its Annual September Gala, the Woman’s Board of Children’s Home + Aid honored Jerry M. Reinsdorf, chairman, Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox, with the Pauline K. Palmer Award for his tremendous advocacy for community services in the Chicago area.
September 6, 2013
Children’s Home & Aid Announces Beverley A. Sibblies as New Chair of the Board
Children’s Home & Aid announced today they have elected Beverley Sibblies as the new Chair of the Board of Trustees. Sibblies, Founder and CEO of BAS Financial Corp., will replace current chair Elizabeth Connelly, Region Head for J.P. Morgan’s Government, Not-for-Profit and Healthcare Commercial Banking business. The officers were elected during the May board meeting and will begin their term on July 1, 2013.
July 1, 2013
JPMorgan Chase, Polk Bros. Foundation and Governor Pat Quinn
Honored at Champions for Children Luncheon
(CHICAGO) – Children’s Home + Aid hosted the 8th annual Champions for Children Luncheon on Monday, May 20th at The Palmer House Hilton.
May 23, 2013
Children’s Home & Aid Woman’s Board Showers the Parents and Families of Englewood
(CHICAGO) – More than 75 attendees gathered on Saturday, April 27 at The Fortnightly of Chicago for a baby shower hosted by the Children’s Home & Aid Woman’s Board. On this beautiful spring day, the board members and their guests enjoyed afternoon tea and brought donated baby items to stock the Mitzi Freidheim Englewood Child & Family Center’s (MFECFC) family necessities pantry.
April 30, 2013
Blue Bows Tied on Michigan Avenue Trees for Child Abuse Prevention Month
(CHICAGO) – Over 100 community leaders today joined Nancy Ronquillo, president and CEO of Children’s Home & Aid, and other child advocates at a kick-off Blue Bow Ceremony to pledge support for the 2013 Blue Bow Campaign. This 17th annual Blue Bow event at Fourth Presbyterian Church marks the beginning of National Child Abuse Prevention Month in Illinois.
April 2, 2013
Governor Quinn Launches Pledge to Support Child Abuse Prevention
(CHICAGO) – In an effort to stamp out child abuse in Illinois, Governor Pat Quinn joins Children’s Home + Aid and the Illinois Blue Bow Committee to create the Governor’s Pledge.
April 1, 2012
Local Companies Kick Off School Year by Delivering 5,000 Backpacks Full of School Supplies to Students at 10 Chicago Elementary Schools
Illinois State Senator Iris Martinez, State Representative Maria Berrios, and other public officials today joined employees from United Stationers, several other local corporations and Children’s Home + Aid staff to deliver 5,000 backpacks full of school supplies to high-need Chicago elementary students.
August 13, 2012
Park Ridge Youth Campus to Combine with Children’s Home + Aid
Strengthening Mission for Both Organizations
The Board of Directors of The Youth Campus has voted to combine with Children’s Home + Aid, bringing together centuries of service to abused and neglected children.
July 2, 2012
Healthy Families Program Receives DeKalb Community Foundation Grant
On November 10, 2011, the Sycamore office of Children’s Home + Aid was awarded a grant for $1,713 by the DeKalb County Community Foundation. The grant will be used to purchase a lap top computer and interactive software computer programs to teach parents at risk of abuse or neglect.
November 23, 2011
Children’s Home + Aid Receives $2 Million Federal Grant Funding New Program to Support Teenagers in Foster Care Transition to Adulthood
Youth who “age out” of foster care without being adopted are at high risk of homelessness, poverty, unemployment, incarceration, as well as physical and mental health issues.
October 7, 2011
Illinois Partners for Human Service and the Searle Funds at the Chicago Community Trust Partner to Raise Profile of Human Services in Illinois
Illinois Partners for Human Service today announced it received a $100,000 grant from The Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust to support the continuing work of the Illinois Partners for Human Service coalition.
October 7, 2011
“Gold Star Kids Workshops” is funded by a grant from the Dr. Louis and Violet Rubin Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois
“Children’s Home + Aid has been awarded a grant of $20,000 by the Dr. Louis and Violet Rubin Fund, of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois,” Judith Loudin said today.
October 12, 2011
Lloyd A. Fry Foundation Supports New Tri-Agency Collaborative Project Aimed at Improving Evaluation Practices in Children’s Counseling Programs
The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation has awarded a two-year grant of over $100,000 to the Tri-Agency Collaborative, a joint project between Children’s Home + Aid, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, and the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago.
June 9, 2011
New Office Expands Support to Jerseyville-area Children and Families
The Southern Region of Children’s Home + Aid will open its new office in Jerseyville, Illinois, tomorrow, May 17, to bring professional staff closer to children and families in need of counseling and other support services.
May 13, 2011
Agency Leads Improvements in Care for St. Clair County’s Youngest Kids
The State of Illinois selected Children’s Home + Aid Southern Region in January to lead a collaborative effort to analyze and develop care systems for families of children under five years old in St. Clair County, Ill.
February 2, 2011
New Partnership to Prevent Abuse in St. Clair County Homes Announced
In January the southern region of Children’s Home + Aid welcomed a new program that will train over 60 early childhood centers in St. Clair County, Ill., to partner with families in keeping children safe at home.
February 2, 2011
Children’s Home + Aid Opens New Support Group
New Resource for Military Families Begins in February
The stresses of military service can take its toll on parents and children. To compound the difficulties, many military families are often spread out in communities and isolated from each other and from the family resources of a military base. To provide help and support for military parents and caregivers, Children’s Home + Aid announces the opening of a new support group for military families.
January 6, 2011
The Sara Lee Foundation Supports Children’s Home + Aid’s Efforts to Help Children and Families in Humboldt Park Community Learn Healthy Habits for Themselves and the Planet
The Sara Lee Foundation is the Corporate Partner of the Lowell Lions After School Nutrition and Wellness Program, part of Children’s Home + Aid’s Community Schools Initiative.
October 8, 2010
Children’s Home + Aid Receives Adoption Excellence Award from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The Northern Region of Children’s Home + Aid was awarded an Adoption Excellence Award for Support for Adoptive Families from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, DC.
October 6, 2010
Healthy Families Illinois DeKalb County Advisory Council Forms
The Healthy Families Illinois program provides services for first time parents in DeKalb county who have been identified by the DeKalb County Health Department as “at risk” for abuse and neglect.
October 6, 2010
Illinois Partners for Human Service and The Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust Partner to Raise Profile of Human Services in Illinois
Illinois Partners for Human Service today announced it received a $125,000 grant from The Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust to support the continuing work of the Illinois Partners for Human Service coalition.
October 4, 2010
Children’s Home + Aid Dedicates Marletta Darnall Schaumburg Child + Family Center
Children’s Home + Aid today held a dedication ceremony for the new Marletta Darnall Schaumburg Child + Family Center, celebrating the gracious commitment of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Darnall to a lifetime of learning for children from low-income families living in the northwest suburbs.
June 22, 2010
Blue Bow Ceremony Marks Child Abuse Prevention Month
Officials, Advocates Kick Off Month-Long Campaign to Protect Illinois Children
Dorothy Brown, Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court today joined Children’s Home + Aid President and CEO Nancy Ronquillo and Prevent Child Abuse Illinois Executive Director Roy Harley for the fourteenth annual Blue Bow Ceremony at the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago in observance of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
April 1, 2010
Children’s Home + Aid Receives “Say It Out Loud” Campaign Grant to Raise Awareness and Promote Good Mental Health in DeKalb
Children’s Home & Aid announces it is the recipient of a $10,000 “Say It Out Loud” grant from the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority.
February 8, 2010