Catholic Charities fulfills the Church’s role in the mission of charity to anyone in need by providing compassionate, competent, and professional services that strengthen and support individuals, families, and communities based on the value and dignity of human life.
Catholic Charities provides services to all persons in need, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, race or religious background.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago was founded in 1917 to help meet the needs of the Chicago area poor. For nearly 100 years, Catholic Charities’ local presence has grown and evolved to meet the changing needs of the Chicago metropolitan area’s most vulnerable citizens. The ultimate goal of our services is self-sufficiency, so that individuals and families receive the help they need to live independently and with dignity. In 1945 the agency expanded services into Illinois’ Lake County. Catholic Charities currently operates more than 150 programs and provides services at more than 160 sites throughout Illinois’ Cook and Lake Counties. Our spectrum of programs includes: adoption; child care; individual, couples, and family counseling; substance abuse counseling; domestic violence counseling and case management; emergency assistance centers that provide food, clothing, and short-term case management; homelessness services; employment and job training; immigration and naturalization programs; nutrition and food distribution services for women, infants, children, and the elderly; refugee resettlement; senior services that include affordable housing (both independent and supportive living), home care, and day care; targeted housing, job training, and substance abuse services for veterans; and case management, counseling, and a food pantry for persons living with HIV. During Fiscal Year 2017, Catholic Charities served over 750,000 people.
Adult Protective Services (APS) Program -
On July 1, 2013, our program merged from Elder Abuse serving adults 60 and older to Adult Protective Services (APS) serving adults 60 and older and adults with disabilities ages 18-59. The intake requirements include the following: Age 18-59 with a disability or 60 or over, alleged abuser exists, allegations constitute ANE, and lives in a domestic setting. Allegations constitute ANE include: physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, passive neglect, confinement, willful deprivation and financial exploitation and Self-Neglect. We receive an initial intake report, we do an investigation, we determine from the investigation if the allegations are substantiated or no substantiation, and if substantiated we make referrals and provide goals and interventions to remove the current abuse and/or prevent future abuse.
This presentation will provide you the following information on Adult Protective Services:
* Defining elder abuse
* Types of abuse as defined by IL Dept on Aging, pertains to adults 18-59 w/ disabilities and adults 60+
* Description of the problem
* Identifying perpetrators of abuse
* Older women and violence
* Consequences of abuse
* Barriers when working with older victims
* Adults with Disabilities and Violence
* Victimization Risk Factors
* Law/program that protects older adults and adults 18-59 with disabilities
Intended Audience: Any Agency that works with seniors or adults with disabilities ages 18-59.
Adult Protective Services Supervisor