Celebrating a Year of Growth

As 2022 draws to a close, we are thrilled to share all the myriad ways you have made a difference in the lives of the children and families we serve.

CLICK HERE to see our 2022 Impact Report

This past month was no exception – from our first live adoption event since 2019 and holiday celebrations to welcoming new faces to Children’s Place. 

Check out what took place at CPA in November below and stay tuned for the exciting happenings unfolding before the year’s end. 

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 Check out what’s happening at CPA. 

  • Friday, December 9Place the Hope virtual gathering   
  • Wednesday, December 14 – ELC Recruitment at Purple Monkey 
  • Thursday, December 15 – Multi-Team Client Holiday Event  
  • Wednesday, December 21 – Foster Parent Orientation 

CLICK HERE for more event information.

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Jdortch HeadshotWelcome, Jakina Dortch as our new Child Thrive Director. 

Jakina Dortch, a Chicago West side native, has a degree in Comparative Human Development from the University of Chicago and a degree in Learning and Teaching from Harvard University.  As an educator, she wholeheartedly believes that community activism and external educational programs can be used to combat the obstacles that stifle upward mobility for adolescents. From this perspective, coupled with her personal experiences, she developed an appetite for social change. Jakina has worked in the educational nonprofit sector for over 10 years. She has catered her education and experience to out-of-school time programming, curriculum and youth development, and organizational leadership.

Building Pathways Forward Campaign

This month, we launched our
$25,000 year-end campaign – Building Pathways Forward – to raise urgently needed funds that will allow us to meet the dramatic rise in our children and families’ need for our care services and programs by December 31. 


As we approach the holiday season, our families are experiencing so many hardships with increased heating, food, housing, and living costs.   


Thanks to the support of so many generous donors like you, and the wonderful efforts of our Junior Board and Board of Directors, we have already raised nearly $10,000, but we still need your help.


This holiday help make a positive impact on a child’s life and the future we all share. Join us today and become a Child Champion by donating and sharing our work with others. 


  • $50 –     Supports our Emergency Relief Fund for food, medicine, and other vital resources for kids and   families in crisis 


  • $100 –   Family Health & Wellness: Help a family facing serious health issues and poverty receive family support services that help them stabilize, improve their health and work towards self-sufficiency, such as programming on financial literacy, nutrition, safety, and job training. 


  • $250 Mental Health Support: Provide mental health counseling and support services to a child impacted by abuse, untreated mental health issues, and the trauma of neighborhood violence. 


  • $500 A Safe Place for Youth to Learn & Play: Help provide a safe, supportive space after school for at-risk youth in unsafe neighborhoods by covering food, transportation, and supplies for 3 weeks of afterschool activities. 


Other ways to help: 

  • Share our work with friends, family, and colleagues 
  • Ask 5 people you know to give $25.  

Your support goes to their
most pressing needs this season so they can survive into adulthood and share their unique gifts with the world. From our hearts to yours, thank you! 

CLICK HERE to donate.


The Children and Family Support Services (CFSS) department is undergoing exciting changes as we implement our SMART client goal development format. We are working with families to support them in the areas of workforce development, family healthcare, emotional wellness, educational enrichment, and social-civic ethical skills in addition to supporting clients as they enroll in GED and college courses. We currently have four clients that are enrolled in school. Three clients are taking college courses, and one is taking GED courses. Congrats to our families and their hard work! 

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Thrive Afterschool
We held our first Fall Festival for 1– 8 graders on November 18, and we had a great time doing arts and crafts and enjoying tasty treats.   

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CLICK HERE for more Child Thrive program pictures. 

Sports Physicals & Pediatric Consultations
Take advantage of getting a free consultation! We offer the community free school-age pediatric consultations and sports physicals with our continued partnership with Rush and Dr. Margi. Every Wednesday (unless otherwise noted by Dr. Margi) from 1–5 pm. To set an appointment, email thrive@childrens-place.org. 


Mental Health
Our partner, JPA, continues to offer mental health counseling on-site (at WHP) every Friday from 2:00 to 6:00 pm with Ben. We also have Julie available for individuals who prefer services with a female-oriented/gendered person. These services are available to everyone associated with CPA and the West Humboldt Park community.  To set an appointment, email Diana at thrive@childrens-place.org. 

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Purple Monkey Play Date
Come join our Early Learning Home  Visiting program for a fun day at the Purple Monkey Playroom Wednesday, December 14th, from 10 am – 2:15 pm. It’s free for kids 0 to 5. For more information and to RSVP, CLICK HERE.

Holiday Celebrations
We had hot meal giveaways, raffles, a Thanksgiving parade, bingo kits, and more. Activities included I Am Grateful for and Disguise a Turkey art project.