Get to Know JPA
Jane Addams co-founded JPA in 1901.
Although Jane Addams came from a well-to-do family, she clearly saw the desperate need of children living in poverty without families or empathetic guidance. But she didn't simply give money or gift baskets at holidays. She, along with several dedicated friends and colleagues, established Chicago's Hull House in order to live with the children and families she wished to help. They shared their lives and experiences, and their total involvement with the downtrodden and ignored created a powerful model of social justice and reform that sets the standard even today.
Addams and her colleagues founded JPA as the Juvenile Protective League in 1901, eventually merging with other organizations to become JPA. It provided the first probation officers for the first Juvenile Court in the United States until this became a government function. 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.
Today, JPA's Dedicated Team
Continues In Her Spirit
"The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life."
Our Community Partners
JPA proudly collaborates with child welfare agencies throughout Chicago providing essential services to local residents. If your agency is interested in partnering with JPA, please contact us.
Community Mental Health Partnership at Children’s Place Association (CPA)
Prevention Services through Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation
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