History

The Center of Law and Social Work (CLSW) has been preserving families, providing hope and protecting lives throughout the State of Illinois since 2003. Our mission is to achieve the best outcomes for families, young adults, and children by providing the highest quality services. We believe that all families, regardless of financial circumstances, should have equal access to legal and social work services in order to remain stable and secure. In the beginning, CLSW focused on providing legal assistance for the growing population of grandparents raising grandchildren. Each year, CLSW strategically expanded its legal and social services. Today, CLSW manages the Adoption Listing Service for the State of Illinois and provides relative, non-relative, second parent, step-parent, adoption services as well as DCFS foster parent adoption and post adoption services. In addition to our DCFS funded services, we offer all of our private legal and/or social services on a sliding fee scale based on income.

In 2017, CLSW acquired Porchlight Counseling Services and added specialized sexual assault therapy to our array of crisis counseling services programming. CLSW’s newest program, Porchlight Counseling Services (PCS), was originally an independent non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization founded in 2004. Since that time, PCS has existed to help college sexual assault survivors achieve healing and wholeness and to create a world in which a person’s life is not defined by the devastating experience of sexual assault. The program provides counseling, advocacy, and other supportive services to the survivors of campus sexual assault, with the goal to provide high-quality, long-term counseling at no charge to the client. Dr. Maria Nanos, CLSW’s Executive Director, acted as a therapist for Porchlight Counseling Services since 2004 and supervised the smooth transition of this new program to CLSW. Today, PCS is a stronger program within CLSW via dedicated staff, shared community partnerships, our marketing team and established fundraising efforts.