Social Work Services


The Social Work Services Department is what makes the Moran Center unique and sets us apart from other legal aid agencies. The Moran Center’s Social Work team helps clients address the underlying issues that have led them to seek our legal services and to help them emerge stronger and healthier. Our Social Work team uses a holistic, client-centered and client-driven approach to walk alongside our clients on their journey as they face their legal and mental health struggles, traumas, relationships and anything else each client sees as important to them.

Social Work Services Staff

The social work services department consists of three full-time staff members:

Director of Social Work Services
Master of Social Work, Loyola University Chicago
Bachelor of Science, Concentration Family & Consumer Sciences, Eastern Illinois University

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Master of Social Work, University of Chicago
Bachelor of International Studies/Bachelor of French, University of Michigan

Coni Benitez
Mental Health Counselor
Master of Counseling Psychology, Alliant International UniversityBachelor of Psychology, Loyola University Chicago

Social Work Services Offered

Our Social Work team serves more than 100 youth and young adults each year. Services offered include, but are not limited to case management, individual therapy and therapeutic support, crisis intervention and advocacy. Each client is unique and receives individualized wraparound care that is customized for their specific needs.

See below for a description of services we commonly offer for our clients. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list of our services. During the intake process, individuals engage in a client-centered process where their needs are assessed and evaluated to create a comprehensive service plan which takes into account everything that contributes to their individual situation. This entire process is client-driven. As our clients evolve, our services evolve with them.

  • Individual Therapy
    We customize our therapy program to meet each client’s individual needs.
  • Case Management
    We partner with numerous Evanston organizations to provide wrap-around services to our clients to ensure they have access to healthcare, employment opportunities, after-school programs, housing assistance, etc.
  • Crisis Intervention/Management
    Whether at school, at home, or in the community, our social work team responds to our clients in crisis situations to help them arrive at the best possible outcome.
  • Advocacy
    Together with our legal team, we advocate for clients at schools, in the community, and in the courts.
  • Safe Spaces
    We partner with other local agencies to provide safe community spaces for youth and young adults.

Contact Information

Kristen Kennard