Forty years of evidence shows that enlisting families as partners in juvenile justice rehabilitation efforts results in better public safety outcomes, according to a recent report by the Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law Bluhm Legal Clinic.  The report, titled “Parents as Partners: Family Connection and Youth Incarceration,” is… Read More


parents in the Get IN Chicago Parenting Fundamentals class at Altgeld Gardens

Metropolitan Family Services (MFS) is one of three Get IN Chicago grantees currently receiving support for evidence-based parent leadership programs.  The team at MFS uses the Parenting Fundamentals model with caregivers in Englewood, Roseland, and most recently, South Shore.  In addition to leading the curriculum for hundreds of parents in those communities over the past… Read More


NORC and Get IN Chicago research includes insights from 637 acutely high-risk youth Chicago, IL – March 16, 2018 –  A recent report on youth at high risk of violence revealed that teens see their families as strong supports but also have ongoing needs for mental health and trauma services.  The findings, part of a… Read More


Partnerships and innovation linked to improved engagement for caregivers of teens Research from University of Illinois at Chicago’s Institute for Juvenile Justice shows that youth living in families with healthy functioning patterns were less likely to be involved in violence, even when exposed to high levels of violence in their neighborhoods.  So far this year,… Read More


Building strong families is intrinsic to Get IN Chicago’s mission of keeping acutely high-risk youth safe, which is why parent leadership is a key component of our funding and measurement work. Along with Family Focus and Metropolitan Family Services, Youth Guidance is one of Get IN Chicago’s three parent leadership grant recipients. With hundreds of parents… Read More


by Emily Orenstein, University of Chicago Institute of Politics Intern   Young people are more likely to succeed when they have their families behind them. In particular, teenagers whose parents are involved in their lives are less likely to engage in risky behaviors and more likely to see improvements in emotional health. Get IN Chicago… Read More


Dynamics inside the home set the stage for how children interact, live, and grow outside of it – including their involvement in violence.  Witnessing violent confrontations or experiencing harsh discipline at home can increase a child’s lifetime likelihood of adverse mental health effects, low school achievement, and becoming a victim him/herself. To date, Get IN… Read More


Get IN Chicago’s parent leadership summit is full and now closed for registration, but you can stay engaged in the discussion on social media with the #GICSummit hashtag.  We look forward to sharing information gleaned in the days after the event! Parental INvolvement: A Get IN Chicago Summit Wednesday, October 12th 3:00-6:00pm Which strategies hold the most… Read More


Strengthening families is a cornerstone strategy to reducing youth violence. Get IN Chicago partners with parent leadership programs to provide primary caregivers with the tools they need to increase family communication and create supportive environments for youth at highest risk of violence. Which strategies hold the most promise for parents of acutely high-risk youth, and… Read More


Last November, we announced renewal funding for our parent leadership programs with Family Focus, Metropolitan Family Services, and Youth Guidance.  This funding supported a second year of service for  evidence-based parenting programs (B-PROUD and Parenting Fundamentals).  Both programs use effective approaches to improve skills for parents of high-risk youth in Austin, Englewood, Humboldt Park, North Lawndale,… Read More