About UsAnnual Report

July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017

Our 2017 fiscal year marked the implementation of our 3-year Strategic Plan. Through this 5-part plan, we aim to deliver leading programs that support our mission for youth and families, with sustainable financial resources to succeed for the long term.

Download the full annual report to view a complete letter from Executive Director Kathy Grzelak, LCPC.

Highlights from Our Programs

In our 2017 fiscal year, we served more than 500 children, youth and families across our programs.

  • In our Foster Care program, 93 percent of children reported having at least one trusted adult to go to in a time of need. We licensed 15 new foster parents to provide permanent, stable homes for children and youth with specialized mental health, behavior, medical, or pregnancy/parenting needs.
  • Building on the success of our Intensive Placement Stabilization program, DCFS awarded us new funding in November to launch an Enhanced IPS pilot. Through this pilot, we work with youth who have high psychiatric needs and are receiving inpatient psychiatric care, ensuring they have all of the supports they need to return to their home in the community.
  • We hired a vocational specialist to help youth with professional development, including resume-writing, volunteer hours and other career-focused efforts in our Independent Living program. 100% of youth surveyed reported satisfaction with the program.
  • We began implementing our Nurturing Parenting Program within our clinical services and intact team. Our clinical and intact teams use this curricula to develop caregivers’ parenting skills. Across the program, 85 percent of youth surveyed reported improved quality of life.
  • Thanks to generous individual donors, we re-launched our arts programming. On #GivingTuesday, donors contributed $7,810 that funded week-long arts camps over winter and spring break, plus several arts days over the summer.

Community Impact

Kaleidoscope’s success comes from our community of supporters. Our fundraising events, appeals and other efforts fund the services that go above and beyond our DCFS contracts, including our holiday party and Thanksgiving food drive.

In May hundreds of supporters joined us for Stories that SPARK at Ignite Studios. In all, the event raised more than $50,000 for our programs and services to help children, youth and families healing from abuse and neglect! Young people shared how Kaleidoscope and supporters make a difference in their lives, and we debuted our new video series.

This year, we became a member of the Illinois Collaboration on Youth (ICOY), which advocates on behalf of youth-serving organizations throughout Illinois. We look forward to working with ICOY to affect change in Springfield in order to ensure that legislation serves our youth and families.


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Find more information about Kaleidoscope’s Financials here.