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Project Thrive

is funded by the Children’s Bureau of the Administration for Children and Families/US Department of Health and Human Services.  The program is a collaborative effort of the Chicagoland Regional Partnership, a group of public and private agencies dedicated to the welfare of children.  The agencies included in this partnership are:

  •  Children’s Research Triangle (CRT) – a community-based not-for-profit agency that provides comprehensive trauma-informed health and mental health services to children in out-of-home care;
  • Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) – the state's child welfare agency responsible for administration of the State plan under Title IV-B and
    Title IV-E;
  • Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) – the state agency responsible for substance abuse prevention and treatment block grant monies;
  • SOS Children’s Villages Illinois (SOS)a non-profit child welfare agency that creates communities for larger sibling groups of children in out-of-home care;
  • Cook County Juvenile Court – the court system that oversees the welfare of the majority of Illinois’ children in the child welfare system;
  • Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development (OECD) – the legislated office in the governor’s cabinet that is responsible for coordinating and overseeing all early childhood services in the state and is the lead agency implementing the Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program in Illinois.

As part of Project Thrive, all youth residing at either of the partner SOS villages will be screened for prenatal or environmental substance exposure. If they have a positive screen, they will then have a full psychological evaluation and be provided with therapeutic services as needed. The project has 3 main components: system integration, safe children and stable families, thus a large focus is on working with families as units- including both the foster parents and the biological parents. Through the collaborative efforts of the treatment team, the goal is to increase permanency and stability for the children at SOS. 

Project Team:

Project Director
Ira Chasnoff, M.D. 

Project Coordinator
Erin Telford, Psy.D.

Assistant Project Coordinator
Eric Seto, Psy.D.

Project Evaluator
Anne Wells, Ph.D.