July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020
We know that 2020 was a year unlike any other. The families we serve were among the hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, racial violence and injustice, interruptions in childcare, education, unemployment and economic uncertainty.
Despite our nationwide challenges, Kaleidoscope’s teams never stopped. As frontline responders to child abuse in Chicago, we are essential workers. Our teams continued assessing homes, meeting with families and delivering vital services as safely as possible – whether in-person with PPE or remotely when available. We grew our new Enhanced Clinical Community Support (ECCS) program, and we continued protecting children and connecting families with the resources they need to provide loving, stable homes for kids.
As ever, our families never ceased to amaze me. Through a tough time, we saw outstanding examples of the power of hope, children’s incredible resilience and the strength that communities build to serve our kids. The following pages show just some of these examples.
Who We Serve
Children and youth are referred to Kaleidoscope through DCFS when there are allegations of abuse or neglect. The kids we serve range in age from birth to 24 and have severe emotional, behavioral and medical issues that require comprehensive support.
Through our services, we provide the specialized care, nurturing families and other services that children need to be safe, create a stable support system, and overcome trauma to lead healthy, happy lives.
This fiscal year, we served 802 children, youth and young adults across our programs.