What happens in childhood has a profound effect on the rest of life.

Chicago’s most vulnerable are children living in extreme poverty who face serious health issues.

Many of their families subsist on annual incomes of $5,000 or less, live in communities with high crime and unemployment, face housing insecurity and hunger, and often lack access to the support they need to treat their illness. Survival is at the heart of their daily lives, but it doesn’t need to be.

This is why Children’s Place Association exists.

We believe all children – regardless of health or economic status – should have the opportunity to lead their best lives.

For more than 25 years, Children’s Place Association has intervened at critical points in a child’s development by stabilizing the most vulnerable children and families, crafting personalized plans for their well-being, and providing comprehensive services that break the cycles of poverty and illness.

Opened in 1991 to serve children with HIV/AIDS, today Children’s Place helps kids and families confronting both serious health issues – such as cancer, epilepsy, autism and HIV – and extreme poverty.

Our comprehensive services are designed to maximize impact on a child’s future and empower them to become successful adults.

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Who are Chicago’s most vulnerable?

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Chicago

impoverished communities struggling with high unemployment, housing insecurity & hunger

Extreme Poverty

many families subsist on annual incomes of $5,000 or less

Serious Health Issues

families often lack access to the support they need to treat illness

Kids & Families

our services are designed to maximize impact on a child’s future