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AAFS Participates in Senior’s Workshop on Fraud

Arab American Family Services, CLESE and Age Options hosted a senior’s workshop on Medicare and Medicaid Fraud. Elderly Case Manager Najwa Saleh and staff members Amani Abbasi and Ibtesam Asfour, presented the workshop discussing ways to understand culturally appropriate ways of talking about health care fraud and how to encourage limited English speaking beneficiaries (Medicare or some combination such as, Medicare/Medicaid, MMAI, etc.) to prevent and report fraud. The workshop was not only informative, but beneficial to help get an...

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AAFS Receives Family Law Training

Arab American Family Services staff received a family law training addressing issues in domestic violence, orders of protection, divorce and child custody issues. Life Span attorney Nour Bahrani Otremba lead the discussion and offered legal advice and ways to address these issues with clients. We are thankful to Nour and Life Span for an informative...

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AAFS Is Hiring!

Arab American Family Services is hiring case workers. We are looking for applicants who have a Bachelor’s degree in the areas of psychology, human service, criminal justice or social work. If you are interested, please send your resume to Nareman Taha at: ntaha@aafsil.org. AAFS is a nonprofit social service agency founded in 2001, provides caring, compassionate assistance to (South Suburban) Chicagoland residents, with special sensitivity to the cultural and linguistic needs of Arab Americans. AAFS offers support in the areas of...

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AAFS Speaks at 12th Annual Statewide Summit for Bilingual Parents

Arab American Family Services was proud to take part in the 12th Annual Statewide Summit for Bilingual Parents on Saturday, May 7. AAFS staff members Amani Abbasi and Ernestina Milla spoke about the impact and importance of parent groups, as well as the importance of getting involved in your children’s school and education. Doing so can help a child succeed and can bridge the gap of communication for school administrators, teachers and the child. AAFS domestic violence victims advocates Ibtessam Asfour and Fatimeh Hussien were also...

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AAFS: Trying to Raise Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness

It’s an unfortunate illness that effects many Arabs and Muslims in our communities. Alzheimer’s disease is an issue and although it remains a stigma to many, to ignore the signs and battle it alone is difficult and takes a toll, not just on the victim, but their family as well. On Friday, Arab American Family Service co-founder Nareman Taha will be speaking at the Chicago’s Alzheimer’s Association, addressing ways to work with the Arab community to help raise awareness about the condition. Issues that will be discussed...

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AAFS Co-Founder Addresses Chicago Bar Association to Discuss Domestic Violence

Arab American Family Services co-founder Nareman Taha was a guest speaker at the Domestic Relations, Domestic Violence Sub- Committee of the Chicago Bar Association. She was on-hand to discuss the issues of domestic violence in the Arab and Muslim communities. Many attorneys from across Chicago were there to help get a better understanding on law and legal issues, as well as domestic violence in the community. Nareman Taha was able to share her extensive knowledge and experience in serving domestic violence survivors in the Arab and...

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AAFS Present at Alzheimer’s Disease Illinois Action Summit

On Thursday, April 14, Arab American Family Services was proud to take part in the Illinois Action Summit to end Alzheimer’s disease in Springfield. Attendees had the opportunity to engage with state legislators and advocates were able to visit several members of both the Illinois Senate and House of Representatives, sharing personal stories and asking lawmakers for their support of active legislation designed to make Illinois a dementia capable state. There are nearly one million Illinois residents impacted by Alzheimer’s...

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AAFS Gives Cultural Training at MacNeal Hospital

On March 8, Arab American Family Services was honored to give a cultural competency training for the nurses of MacNeal Hospital on 3249 S Oak Park Ave, Berwyn, IL 60402. The informational training was to help educate nurses on how to be culturally aware of situations involving Arab and Muslim patients. AAFS co-founder Itedal Shalabi spoke more about dietary needs for Muslim needs, as well as cultural awareness with what a patient may or may not be comfortable with. There were over 40 nurses in attendance, as well as the hospital chaplain and...

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AAFS Gives Police Department Trainings on Domestic Violence

Arab American Family Services is proud to take part in police department trainings that seek to educate law enforcements officials on the signs of domestic violence. These trainings, held by domestic violence advocates of AAFS are mainly informational. Unfortunately, domestic violence is does exist in the Arab and Muslim community. Despite it being a taboo topic of discussion, one cannot go on pretending the issues does not exist. With these trainings to our local police departments, we hope that raising the issue of awareness will become more...

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April: National Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Month

April begins the start of Child Abuse Awareness Month. Child abuse is a disturbing issue that effects thousands of children around the world. Many children are afraid to speak up if they are abused. Some are afraid of the repercussions that may take place if they told on their abuser. Child abuse is defined as the physical, sexual or emotional maltreatment or neglect of a child or children. Physical abuse is any form of physical aggression directed at a child by an adult. This includes hitting, slapping, beating a child. Physical abuse also...

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