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Social Services
The Social Services Unit is comprised of professional, licensed social workers and counselors.  All services are designed to improve family relations, school, and, interpersonal relationships.  Services provided may also encompass intervention and prevention of behavioral problems that can lead to criminal activities. All services are free to residents of Elgin and may include the following:  
  • Crisis intervention
  • Crisis counseling
  • Individual counseling
  • Family counseling
  • Legal advocacy
  • Information and referrals to other community resources

These services address issues that may have involved a police incident or a self-referral with the goal being to assist individuals to function at their best with their families, at their place of work, or school. The Social Services Unit has helped people of all ages and backgrounds to resolve their conflicts and to obtain the necessary resources to improve their quality of life. The unit is also committed to assisting victims and witnesses of crimes. This assistance is provided by giving support to crime victims with difficulties that result from victimization.  The unit on request will provide presentations to civic groups regarding community concerns on topics related to family violence and juvenile delinquency.

Social Service Programs


Consequences is a delinquency deterrent program that provides an immediate impact for first-time juvenile offenders who are referred by police. The program is for juveniles’ ages 9 through 12. The Consequences program entails group and individual counseling for juveniles who have committed minor crimes. It also provides parental support. The goal of the program is to deter future criminal behavior.

Domestic Violence
The Domestic Violence Specialists provide services that empower victims to break the cycle of violence in their homes. They reach out to victims of reported domestic violence to ensure they are safe and are receiving all the services they need. Victims can also contact the Social Services Unit and request assistance if they are experiencing violence in the home that has not been reported.

  The services provided include.

  • Crisis counseling /Safety Planning
  • Providing information and referrals to other community resources
  • Assistance in obtaining orders of protection and victim compensation
  • Personal advocacy and case management

To obtain additional information or request services, contact Lark Syrris. 

Girl Talk
“Girl Talk” is an educational program for girls of all ages that strives to reduce their propensity toward violent behavior. This program can be incorporated into any school or community initiative whose goal is to reduce violence among girls. For more information about this program contact JoAnn Stingley.

Links to Other Community Resources

The Community Crisis Center provides shelter for women and their children who have been victims of domestic violence.

Prairie State Legal Services provides free legal services for orders of protection and divorce.

Information regarding other community resources, such as financial assistance and health care, is provided by Kane County.



Social Services Supervisor
JoAnn Stingley
(847) 289-2686

Domestic Violence Caseworker
Lark Syrris
(847) 289-2644

151 Douglas Ave.
Elgin, IL 60120

Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Victim Rights and Compensation
click here for the Statement of 
Marsy's Rights.