Greenlight Family Services (formally known as Center for Law and Social Work) 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. In the beginning, Greenlight focused on providing legal assistance for the growing population of grandparents raising grandchildren. Each year, Greenlight strategically expanded its legal and social services.

In 2017, Greenlight acquired Porchlight Counseling Services and added specialized sexual assault therapy to our array of crisis counseling services programming. These services exist 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.

In 2019, Greenlight expanded its services and moved its main office to the South Side to better serve its foster care and post adoption families where they live. Greenlight also opened a Springfield office to better serve the southern region of the state of Illinois.

Today, Greenlight manages the Heart Gallery of Illinois and 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. Greenlight provides services for more than 7,000 families and young adults each year.

Covid 19 Updates
  • JB Pritzker, Governor of Illinois, declared all counties in the State of Illinois as a disaster area on March 9, 2020 (Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation) in response to the outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19);
  • Effective March 21, 2020 at 5:00 pm: 1. All individuals currently living within the State of Illinois are ordered to stay at home or at their place of residence. 2. Non-essential business and operations must cease. 3. Pursuant to current guidance from the CDC, any gathering of more than ten people is prohibited unless exempted by this Executive Order.

At Greenlight Family Services, the well-being and safety of our clients and our employees is our priority as we navigate through these challenging times. As a result, Greenlight’s committed staff is reaching out to youth and families to ensure that Greenlight continues to preserve families, provide hope and protect lives while working remotely. Greenlight is maintaining regular business hours. If you are interested in adoption or any family services please call 773-728-7800 for immediate assistance.


Our Greenlight Gala, originally scheduled for May 14, 2020 has been rescheduled for September 10, 2020. We hope you join us for the celebration.