Crisis Center For South Suburbia Receives $5,000.00 through the Chicago White Sox Community Fund

Crisis Center for South Suburbia recently received a $5,000.00 grant through the Chicago White Sox Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund. The grant will support counseling and therapeutic intervention for children who are victims of domestic.

Established in 2009, the Chicago White Sox Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, supports nonprofit organizations with programs that focus on child abuse prevention and treatment, child and youth education, and health and wellness. Grants are made possible with the generosity of White Sox fans, the general public and corporate donations. All donations are matched at 50 cents on the dollar by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, based in Chicago, Illinois.

Robert R. McCormick Foundation is committed to fostering communities of educated, informed and engaged citizens. Through philanthropic programs, Cantigny Park and museums, the Foundation helps develop citizen leaders and works to make life better in our communities. The Foundation was established as a charitable trust in 1955, upon the death of Colonel Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The McCormick Foundation is one of the nation’s largest foundations, with more than $1.5 billion in assets.

The McCormick Foundation’s Communities Program continues Col. McCormick’s legacy by partnering with sports teams, such as the Chicago White Sox, media outlets and philanthropic organizations across the country, to raise money and provide matching dollars which increase the impact of charitable giving. To learn more about the McCormick Foundation visit www.McCormickFoundation.org

The National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence, published in October 2011 by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (U.S. Department of Justice), found that 26% of children have been exposed to family violence at some time during their lives. (https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/232272.pdf)

American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress reports that “more than half of the school-age children in domestic violence shelters show clinical levels of anxiety or posttraumatic stress disorder.” (Graham-Bermann, S. (1994). Preventing domestic violence. University of Michigan research information index. UM-Research-WEB@umich.edu.)

The Crisis Center for South Suburbia addresses the needs of children impacted by domestic violence, creating safety and addressing their emotional, psychological, and behavioral needs. The purpose of these services is to identify and treat children who have been identified as having emotional, physical, social, educational, or behavioral problems. Children receive individually based services to address their needs through assessment and evaluation, collaborative case management, other advocacy, family counseling, and individual and group therapy.  This program is part of the Crisis Center’s larger focus on providing comprehensive services for victims of domestic violence.

Some of the ways counselors provide therapy services for children include:

  • Provide basic domestic violence education to children based on the developmental age of the client
  • Help children develop and role-play an individualized safety plan  and to stay safe in a scary situation
  • Provide individual therapy for children recovering from domestic violence
  • Provide a safe place for children to talk about their experience
  • Provide counseling in a family setting when appropriate
  • Provide appropriate therapeutic techniques to address domestic violence in a manner that is non-threatening to the child
  • Provide art and play therapy to aid children in expressing their experience of violence in the home
  • Provide group therapy for children to discuss with other children who can understand and normalize their experience.

There are two very important, specific things that children are taught immediately during their time with the counselor: 1) The abuse in my family is not my fault; 2) I know two things to do when I don’t feel safe. Each child has a personalized safety plan so the child and the mother both know what the child can do when they do not feel safe.

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