Services for children, families, caregivers, and educators

"What happened to the instruction manual? If only every child came with one!"

While we haven't found a cache of manuals, JPA does have a long track record of successfully working with children.

In Real Kids, Real Stories, our goal is to share ideas and approaches with you that can contribute to helping children feel and function better. Please let us know what you think!

Welcome to Real Kids, Real Stories!

JPA focuses on positive relationships. We don’t try to “fix” kids; we build relationships so they can heal. Instead, we harness children’s natural drive to learn, succeed, and to engage in positive relationships, while lowering psychological barriers that impede progress.

To show what we mean, each month we’ll present a new story about a real kid. We’ll share what is called the youth’s “presenting issue” and how we approached it. After the story, you'll find ideas, tips, and lessons you can use in the classroom or living room to build relationships with your students or children.

June's Case: Mr. G and Ramon

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June’s Take Home Tips are for educators — thank you for dedicating your lives to supporting students. Your work is not only important, but also essential to ensuring that students grow up healthy and happy.

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We are excited to introduce a new monthly feature "Ask Jane" named after our founder, Jane Addams. Each month our clinical and social work teams will answer a question submitted by our readers. We welcome principals, teachers, community social workers, concerned citizens and especially parents to ask about concerns regarding children in school, the community or in your own home.

Please submit your questions to Jane...we can't wait to hear from you!


July 2017 Question:



Two years ago, my husband and I allowed our 10-year-old son to play video games on our home computer after school, but we felt this was hurting his concentration and his grades. So, last year we banned them and his grades improved. The other day I noticed a video game on his cell phone. When I mentioned it to him, he said he’d been playing several all year long - on his phone!


I’m not sure what to make of this! Technically he complied, but he knew he was breaking the rules. My husband and I are upset that he cheated. His response was that “his grades are good,” which is why we took away the games in the first place. He said we wouldn’t listen. Our son is almost 12 now. How should we approach this?


Read Jane's advice





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Previous Real Kids, Real Stories

June 2017 and Take Home Tips

January 2017 and Take Home Tips

December 2016 and Take Home Tips

November 2016 and Take Home Tips

October 2016 and Take Home Tips

September 2016 and Take Home Tips

Previous Dear Jane Questions

Dear Jane,
  • Why are women so prominent in health and childcare fields
    Why aren't there more men?
  • Should I keep my son back a year in Kindergarten?

Read Jane's advice


Dear Jane,

  • How can I as a parent ensure that I maintain healthy disciplinary boundaries when I feel like my kids are out of control?
  • As a concerned adult, how can I help prevent child abuse?

Read Jane's advice


Dear Jane,
  • What can I do to if I see a student being bullied because of his or her perceived sexual and/or gender orientation?”

Read Jane's advice

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