The mission of the Juvenile Protective Association is to improve the social and emotional well-being and functioning of vulnerable children so they can reach their fullest potential at home, in school, and in our communities. We accomplish this by providing therapeutic counseling services to at-risk children and families, conducting research, sharing knowledge, and providing expert consultation and guidance to others serving them.
Although Jane Addams came from a well-to-do family, she saw the desperate need of children living in poverty without families or empathetic guidance. Addams and her colleagues founded JPA in Chicago as the Juvenile Protective League in 1901, eventually merging with other organizations to become JPA. From 1907 until the 1940s, JPA conducted and published many studies examining such subjects as racism, child labor and exploitation, drug abuse and prostitution in Chicago and their effects on child development.
JPA offers several local and wider reaching programs and direct services focused on social, emotional, and mental health best practices, including: