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Illinois Boarding Schools
Brehm Preparatory School

Brehm's mission is to empower students with complex learning disabilities to recognize and optimize their full potential. By fostering a family environment where educational, social, and emotional needs of each student are addressed in a focused, holistic program, through partnership among staff, students, parents, board, and the community.
Broadview Academy

Broadview Academy is a Seventh-day Adventist residential high school located in La Fox, Illinois. Over the span of 90 years, more than 3,000 graduates have left the halls of learning to serve around the world.
Glenwood School

Glenwood is a safe-place for kids to live, learn and grow! With campuses in Glenwood and St. Charles, Illinois, Glenwood is a preventative residential-educational program serving low-income, mostly single-parent families facing difficult circumstances.
Lake Forest Academy

Lake Forest Academy, founded in 1857, is an independent, coeducational, boarding/day, college preparatory school, grades nine through twelve, strives to embody in its practices and to cultivate in its students excellence of character, scholarship, citizenship, and responsibility.
Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart

Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart, founded in 1858, is an independent, Catholic, boarding and day, college preparatory school for young women, grades 9-12, who wish to pursue a course of study committed to academic excellence within the context of a faith-based community.
Residential Treatment Centers
Brehm Preparatory School

Preparatory school.
Allendale Association

The cornerstone and largest component of Allendale is our 128-bed residential treatment program which includes a 100 acre main campus on Cedar Lake in Lake Villa, IL, a 20-bed facility in Benet Lake, WI (approximately 15 miles north of the main campus), two community based group homes in Waukegan, IL and a community based group home for girls in Highland Park, IL. Individual units serve as homes for 8-12 children or adolescents and are designed to serve a particular population grouped by age, diagnostic profile, and social/emotional functioning level. These programs serve both male and female children and adolescents ranging in age from eight to eighteen who are experiencing a wide variety of problems.
Camelot of Illinois

Camelot's Residential Treatment Center located in Des Plaines serves children and adolescents, ages 5 to 21, with an IQ as low as 25.

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Statewide Hotline Telephone Numbers

  • Adoption Information (800) 572-2390 This hotline provides adoption and foster parent information and referral.
  • Adult Learning and General Education Hotline (800) 321-9511 This is a referral service for students, volunteers, and employers to Adult Literacy, Adult Education Programs, and sites for GED test preparation classes and GED tests throughout Illinois.
  • AIDS, HIV and STD Hotline (800) 243-2437 This hotline provides information for people with these conditions and also for their families and friends.
  • Child Abuse Hotline (800) 252-2873 This service of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services provides information on reporting of suspected child abuse cases.
  • Child Support Action Line (800) 447-4278 This service provides help in establishing paternity or in child support enforcement.
  • Dental Referral Services (800) 252-2930 Sponsored by the Illinois Dental Society, this recorded message lists a number of dental resources, including qualifications for receiving the services and telephone numbers for contacting them.
  • Department of Human Services Helpline (800) 843-6154 or TTY (800) 447-6404. This number provides referral to various services of this state government agency including food stamp and cash assistance; mental health assistan ce; public health services for women, infants, and children; and assistance for people with disabilities.
  • Foster Parenting Hotline (800) 624-5437 This inquiry line answers questions from potential and already licensed foster parents and refers interested individuals to agencies that provide licensing training to become foster parents.
  • Gang Crime Prevention Center of Illinois (888) 411-4192 This information line assists parents concerned with their child's involvement, or the prevention of their child's involvement, in gangs.
  • Human Services Help Me Grow Helpline: (800) 323-4769 This helpline is an automated office locator for WIC and Early Intervention Services. No voice connection, only recorded address and phone number information is given. If you need more detailed information about programs and services provided by the Illinois Department of Human Services, please call 1-800-843-6154.
  • I-SEARCH Hotline (800) 843-4763 This is the division of the Illinois State Police that helps find mission children and their abductors.
  • Illinois Poison Center(800) 222-1222 This toll-free line assists parents when children have consumed or come into contact with volatile chemicals (or dangerous substances). Callers may ask both emergency and general questions. Information is provided in both English and Spanish
  • Lekotek Toy Resource Helpline (800) 366-PLAY This is a to ll-free service to parents of children with disabilities, their friends, family and the professionals who work with them by offering individualized assistance in selecting appropriate toys and play materials.  The hotline is available Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (Central Time).
  • Literacy Hotline (800) 321-9511 This service refers adults to Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language, and GED classes in Chicago and the suburbs.
  • Parent Help Line (888) 727-5889 [In Springfield: (217) 544-5808] Trained volunteers provide referrals to community resources, help parents find solutions to parenting problems, and offer referrals to appropriate parenting classes, particularly in Springfield and the surrounding area.
  • Public Aid Inquiry (800) 252-8635 A hotline to provide information, resolve problems of aid recipients, and report possible fraud in public aid.
  • School Violence Tipline (800) 477-0024 Students can report threats of violence anonymously to this statewide, toll-free hotline.
  • State Board of Education Problem Resolution Office (800) 215-6379 Parents, teachers, or students can call this number for assistance in answering questions and resolving complaints about school related issues in any Illinois location.
  • Tough Love International (800) 926-KIDS (5437) This hotline for Illinois residents provides support for parents of trouble d teenagers or adult children.

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Selected Illinois Regional Hotline Telephone Numbers

  • Alcoholics Anonymous Greater Chicagoland(800) 371-1475 This service provides referral to AA groups in Cook, Lake, McHenry, Kane, DuPage, and Will Counties.
  • Hopeline/Illinois (847) 228-3463 This is a 24-hour assistance service for the homeless and individual with dangerous personal problems.  It covers the nortwest suburbs of Chicago including cook and part of DuPage Counties.
  • Parent Resource Network/Illinois Warm Line (847) 657-3555 This is a pre-crisis service which provides non-medical advice to parents of children ages birth to 5 years.
  • Academic Development Institute
    ADI works to convert research into procedural knowledge so that schools and families will be served with sound, effective, research-based programs, and practices through research, publishing, and training.
  • Adoption Information Center of Illinois
    Offers information and resources parents need before, during, and after becoming an adoptive or foster parent.
  • Adult Learning Resource Center
    Provide s workshops that train staff from all types of programs that provide educational and support services for families.
  • All Kids
    All Kids is Illinois' program for children who need affordable health insurance.
  • Arc of Illinois Family to Family Health Information and Education Center
    Provides free information and referral services; health-related training opportunities for families, youth, and professional health care providers; specialized training for parent leaders and organizations; and linkages to local, regional, statewide, and national partners.
  • Autism Society of Illinois
    Provides advocacy and support for Illinois families. State chapter of the Autism Society of America, Inc.
  • Autism Speaks (formerly Cure Autism Now (CAN))
    Works to provide hope for those who care for individuals with autism by raising funds for autism research, being a local resource for autism topics/services, and increasing autism awareness within the community.
  • Baby TALK
    Encourages parents in the nurture of their very young children (ages birth to 3 years). Provides information and services to parents to equip them for challenges and to help them enjoy their children's development. Links to several Baby TALK programs located in Illinois.
  • Career Development and Preparation
    Works to improve the educational system and provide access to career opportunities and work-based learning experiences for all students.
  • Child Care Assistance Program
    Provides low-income, working families with access to high-quality, affordable child care through the Illinois DHS Child Care Program, which allows parents to continue working and contributes to the healthy emotional and social development of the child. (Families are required to cost-share on a sliding scale.)
  • Child Care Association of Illinois
    Provides a full range of services to Illinois' abused, neglected, and troubled children and their families, including adoption, foster care, family preservation, residential care, youth services, children's mental health services, special education services, and in-home support services.
  • Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities in Illinois
    A cross-disability, grassroots, membership organization dedicated to empowering people with disabilities and their families by helping them become stronger advocates. Serves anyone with any type of disability, in addition to family members, direct care providers, and advocates.
  • Compassionate Friends, Inc.
    Assists families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age, and provides information to help others be supportive.
  • Every Library in Illinois - ELI
    Supplies access to directory and statistical information concerning Illinois libraries, as collected by the State Library.
  • Illinois Assistive Technology Project
    Works to break down barriers that prevent people with disabilities from accessing the assistive technology that lets them to learn, work, play, and live in the community.
  • Illinois Association of Court Appointed Special Advocates
    Provides leadership and support in the development and growth of local programs whose volunteers advocate for the best interests of children in the Juvenile Court System.
  • Illinois Association for Gifted Children
    Educates, supports, and influences those who work with Illinois children with gifts and talents through advocacy, standards, and networking.
  • Illinois Association of School Boards
    Works to strengthen the public schools through local citizen control.
  • Illinois Career Information System
    Enter the logon ID "iletc" and the password "etc99" (do not include the quotation marks). Provides information on occupations, employment, education, and training for parents (and for students, teachers, and counselors).
  • Illinois Chapter of the Leukemia Society of America
    Dedicated to curing leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, and myeloma, and to improving the quality of life of patients and their families. (The Illinois Chapter offers Family Support Groups throughout Illinois.)
  • Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
    Pro vides information about child protection, foster care, adoption, day care licensing and other services provided by the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS). Search the phone directory of DCFS offices by region and city.
  • Illinois Department on Aging
    Helps older people live independently in their own homes and communities.
  • Illinois Department of Human Services
    Helps Illinois families achieve self-sufficiency, independence, and health to the maximum extent possible. Improves the quality of life of thousands of Illinois families by providing an array of comprehensive, coordinated services. Encompasses all or part of six state agencies: the Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities (DMHDD), the Department of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (DASA), the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), the Department of Public Aid (DPA), the Department of Public Health (DPH), and the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Search the directory of offices by county.
  • Illinois Early Childhood Intervention Clearinghouse
    (800) 852-4302
    Provides library and information services to Illinois parents, families, providers, professionals, educators, policy makers, students, and researchers.
  • Illinois Early Learning Project
    Offers online resources and a question-answering service for parents, caregivers, and teachers of preschoolers in Illinois, including information related to the Illinois Early Learning Standards. Delivers information in several accessible formats. All resources available in both English and Spanish.
  • Illinois Family Institute
    A conservative advocacy group working to create an environment in which families can flourish by equipping churches and influencing public policy makers through leadership, information, and training.
  • Family Involvement: A Key Component of Student and School Success
    Works to strengthen and support parents in their efforts to improve community-based resources and services for children, youth, and families. Is building an informal statewide network of all families receiving support and/or services from federal, state, or local community organizations. Also works to involve parents in the planning, implementing, and monitoring of services through participation in local and statewide governing boards.
  • Illinois Fatherhood Initiative
    Works to end father absence by connecting children and fathers and promoting responsible fatherhood by equipping men to be better fathers and father figures.
  • Illinois Life Span Project
    A statewide information resource and referral network for people with disabilities. Provides information on advocacy, services, and supports through a Web site and toll-free line.
  • Illinois Network of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies
    Helps parents locate appropriate child care and helps providers and communities improve and expand their child care services. Search for a local office by ZIP code, county, or region.
  • Illinois Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs, Inc.
    Provides support, information, and networking services to parents of twins and higher-order multiples through its member-club affiliates.
  • Illinois Parent Information Resource Center
    Housed on the Columbia College Chicago Web site
  • Illinois PTA
    Works to carry on constructive work for better parenthood, better homes, better schools, and better communities.
  • Illinois State Board of Education
    Provides information for parents on Illinois education policy and practice.
  • Illinois State Board of Education Division of Early Childhood
    Develops and provides materials and support for the Illinois Early Learning Standards and their use in early childhood programs, and for programs that focus on children from birth to 8 years old, early intervention for at-risk students, pre-kindergarten programs, early literacy, and partnerships among schools, communities, and service providers.
  • Targeted Violence Prevention Program (TVPP)
    The mission of TVPP is to help secure safer communities throughout Illinois. Our communities suffer from many forms of violence such as domestic violence, sexual assaults, bullying, and gang violence. Targeted violence inspired or justified by ideologies of hate (e.g. the Ku Klux Klan, ISIS, Neo-Nazi Skinheads, or Al Qaeda) is one more form of violence that plagues us. We deserve to live free of all forms of violence, but to do so we must work together.
  • Illinois Waste Management and Research Center Library
    Hosts the Illinois Greening Schools Project, which includes a Web-based database of environmental education resources. Environmental education materials are available for interlibrary loan via OCLC FirstSearch.
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (Illinois Chapter)
    Raises funds, seeks to raise awareness about diabetes and the need for a cure, and educates elected officials about the need for increased funding for diabetes research.
  • La Leche League of Illinois
    Provides education, information, support, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. Provides a link to La Leche League groups in Illinois.
  • Learning Disabilities Association of Illinois
    Monitors and advises on special education legislation and rules and regulations at the state and federal levels. Provides advocacy information and support to parents, LD individuals, and professionals. Awards scholarships, hosts workshops and conferences, publishes a quarterly newsletter, and maint ains a lending library.
  • Lifelink
    Provides a range of services to children, families, and the aging throughout Illinois, and in Florida and Missouri, through the United Church of Christ. Includes a division of Latino Family Services to provide a continuum of care and support services in a culturally sensitive manner.
  • Life's Plan, Inc.
    Operates trust options for meeting the supplemental service needs of people with disabilities without jeopardizing state and federal entitlements. Assists families in addressing the difficult and universal question: "Who will care for my family member when I am gone?"
  • Lincoln's ChalleNGe Academy
    Helps high school dropouts between 16 and 18 years of age in a 17-month program designed to give them the skills and educational opportunities they need to become contributing, self-supporting members of their communities. An innovative program, run by the Illinois National Guard, as a comprehensive approach to the dilemmas facing today's high school dropouts.
  • NAMI Illinois (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Illinois)
    Works to improve the quality of life f or persons with mental illness and their families.
  • National Lekotek Center
    Makes play accessible to children with all types of disabilities through special play and learning centers where children can have fun with traditional toys, adapted toys, books, and computers. View a list of Illinois affiliates of the Lekotek Center.
  • Ounce of Prevention Fund
    Home of the Illinois Parents as Teachers program
  • Prevent Child Abuse - Illinois
    Provides public awareness campaigns, parent education and support programs, professional training and technical assistance, and community-based prevention programs focused on preventing child abuse and neglect.
  • Project Choices
    Works to increase the capacities of school districts and educational personnel to educate and provide supports and services to children and youth with disabilities in the preschool, school, and community environments in which they would participate if not identified as having a disability.
    Funds and links to public and private adult and family literacy volunteer programs.
  • Stars of David International - Chicago Chapter
    Provides adoption information and support groups for Jewish and interfaith prospective adoptive families and families created through adoption.
  • University of Illinois Extension
    Provides practical, research-based information and programs to help individuals, families, farms, businesses, and communities to make practical decisions that improve the quality of their lives.Search the directory of offices by county.
  • Urban Programs Resource Network
    Provides information to residents, businesses, schools, and communities in the Chicago metropolitan area on topics related to horticulture, youth development and 4-H, family life, nutrition and wellness, community development, school reform, consumer economics, volunteerism, and environmental issues.
  • Voices for Illinois Children
    A nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization. Offers statistics and data about Illinois families, publications, and information on legislative and policy issues and on Voices' work.

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