Juvenile Protective Association

Dana Snodgrass
Chief Development Officer
1707 N. Halsted
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 440-1203
Juvenile Protective Association

The mission of JPA is to improve the social and emotional well-being and functioning of vulnerable children toward reaching their fullest potential at home, in school, and in their communities. This is accomplished by providing therapeutic counseling services to at-risk children and families, conducting research, sharing knowledge, and providing expert consultation and guidance to others serving these children and families. JPA also offers an in-house outpatient psychotherapy practice called New Light which specializes in child-and-family focused treatment and serves the Lincoln Park and surrounding areas. New Light sees children, adolescents, families, adults and couples.

JPA’s vision is that vulnerable children and families will have access to the highest quality of services. JPA operationalizes its mission by promoting access to quality mental health services to engage high risk, distressed and underserved populations, alleviate harmful effects of trauma and promote healthy functioning. JPA’s primary purpose is to promote the safety and emotional well-being of children with goals of: 1) preventing trauma including child abuse/neglect; 2) treating families where child trauma has already occurred, towards protecting children and ameliorating adverse effects of emotional damage done; and 3) building positive parent-child attachment relationships that enhance children’s chances to succeed.

  • JPA has a long history of groundbreaking work in the child welfare field
  • JPA was founded in 1901 by Jane Addams and her colleagues at Hull House
  • JPA provided the first probation officers for the first Juvenile Court in the US until this became a government function
  • JPA aids families facing poverty, domestic violence & emotional deprivation where potential harm to children is greatest
  • JPA helps traumatized children by building on strengths & working through difficulties causing distress & vulnerability

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