The Chicago Cook North Action Team has recently changed its’ name to the Chicago Northside Families Safety Net (CNFSN or for the following content, it will be known as the “Safety Net”). The team typically meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month. If you do plan on attending a meeting, please contact a Co-Chair to confirm ahead of time. The Safety Net is actively and continuously working on outreach efforts. In previous years, the group has encountered roadblocks in recruiting dedicated community leaders, individuals and service providers to serve as team members. The Safety Net is currently seeking interns and volunteers to serve as outreach and education leads in the community. The mission of the Safety Net is to reduce the disproportionate number of African American youth in foster care through community service, action and collaborative partnerships. The vision of the Safety Net is simple: To keep children safe at home with their families.
In recent years, the Safety Net implemented and completed a community needs assessment on the north and northwest sides of Chicago. In addition, the group has provided disproportionality workshops on the northside of Chicago. Although the Safety Net is a small group, it includes a passionate group of participants, from agencies such as Jewish Child & Family Services, the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services, the Military Families Initiative, the Rogers Park Community Council (Northside Community Resources) and Safe Families for Children. Jennifer Caruso is the Co-Chair, from the Rogers Park Community Council. Leslie Powless and Russ Hopkins serve as additional chairs for the Safety Net.
If you would like more information about the work of the Chicago Northside Families Safety Net, please contact Jennifer Caruso at 773-338-7722 ext. 15 or Russ Hopkins at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a teleconference line available to participate in group meetings. Please contact Ms. Caruso for the updated teleconferencing information.
The Safety Net continues to focus on its’ vision and mission. The Safety Net hopes you will join them in this important initiative. It takes the work of a community to positively impact the lives of our children. Children are our future!
Meetings Agendas and Minutes
- Community Letter
- Mission Statement
- Needs Assessment
- VMOSA Action Plan
- VMOSA Action Plan (September 27, 2011)
- PEI Annual Reporting (September 2011)