Child Residential Care

List of group homes in Chicago for youth or troubled teens in Chicago, IL.

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Allendale Association
P.O. Box 1088
Lake Villa, IL 60046
(888) 255-3631 ext: 6330

  • Private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the care, education, treatment and advocacy for troubled children, youth and their families.
  • Offers a therapeutic day school for 200+ boys and girls (grades K-12 ), and independent living programs (ages 18-21).
  • Serves children and adolescents with moderate to profound emotional and behavioral disabilities.

Association House
1116 N. Kedzie
Chicago, IL 60651
(773) 772-7170

  • Private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the care, education, treatment and advocacy for troubled youth and their families.
  • Houses over 150 boys and girls, ages 7-21.

Baptist Children’s Home
949 County Line Road 1300N
Carmi, IL 62821
(618) 382-4164

  • Cares for children who have been abused, abandoned, neglected or are in crisis.
  • Help families coping with parenting and/or other social issues.
  • Houses up to 44 youth, ages 6-18.

Boys Hope Girls Hope
1100 N. Laramie Ave.
Wilmette, IL 60091
(847) 920-2786

  • Provides at-risk youth, ages 10-14, with a stable home, high-quality education and the support they need to reach their full potential.
  • There are 37 homes in 16 U.S. cities and three foreign countries (Brazil, Guatemala, and Ireland).

205 S. 24th Place
Quincy, IL 62301
(217) 222-0034

  • Empowers children and families to become self-reliant, contributing members of their communities.

Chicago Girls/HRDI
2311 East 98th Street
Chicago, IL 60617
(773) 933-5570

  • Inpatient substance-abuse treatment facility for adolescent girls. There are also two inpatient treatment facilities for adult women, and one for adult men.
  • Three outpatient programs are available. One serves adolescents and two are serve adults.
  • Free for Chicago residents.

Child Serv
1220 Iroquois, Suite 104
Naperville, IL. 60563
(773) 867-7390

  • Group homes offer a therapeutic environment for adolescents who are in need of placement outside their family homes.
  • The 3 homes (2 homes for girls, 1 for boys) provide both emergency-respite and long-term care for youth, ages 12-18 whose problems require an extended period for resolution.

The Children’s Foundation
125 South Wacker Drive 14th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606
(773) 827-0374

  • Independent living program helps older teens find jobs, an apartment, a car and offers support to those in need.
  • Helps older adolescents transition from highly structured environments, such as group homes or foster care, into community life and self-reliance.

Cunningham Children’s Home
1306 North Cunningham Ave.
Urbana, IL 61802
(217) 367-2896

  • Youth come to live at Cunningham for many reasons, including histories of mental illness, birth trauma, abuse, neglect, and pervasive developmental disabilities.

Eau Clair Academy
550 North Dewey Street
PO Box 1168
Eau Claire WI 547
(715) 834-6681

  • Clinical care programs span from outpatient community-based mental health services to residential treatment for youth, ages 10-18.
  • Self-contained residential treatment program offered, which includes a therapeutic day school.

SOS Children’s Villages - Casa Tepaeyac
National Hotline: (800) 448-3000 (Residential care is offered throughout the U.S).
4538 S. Hermitage Ave.
Chicago IL 60609

  • Services usually include a residential stay of 10-30 days plus an assessment. Houses up to 16 youth, many of whom are from the “Back of the Yards” neighborhood.
  • Youth having significant problems at home, school, or in the community may benefit from these services.

Glenwood School for Boys and Girls
18700 S. Halsted
Glenwood, IL 60425
(708) 756-6116

  • Services include residential care for youth, ages 8 through high school.
  • Not a therapeutic facility: only moderate behavior problems are accepted.

The Harbour
1440 Renaissance Drive
Suite 240
Park Ridge, Il 60068
(847) 297-8540

  • Serves females, ages 12-18.
  • No facilities for parenting teens. Pregnant teens are accepted.
  • Maximum length of stay is 6 months.

Illinois Masonic Children’s Home
441 Ninth Ave
LaGrange, IL 60525
(708) 352-4240

  • Provides a nurturing environment for children who are unable to care for themselves due to various family or home conditions.
  • Long-term residential care is offered for youth, ages 4-16.
  • Placement is free and parents keep guardianship rights.

Jewish Child & Family Services
216 West Jackson Boulevard, Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 444-2090

Operates five group homes that provide the highest level of emotional therapeutic support. The residences are supervised by a highly qualified staff of professionals or foster parents who provide a safe and stable environment. Homes are divided into two categories, Group Homes and Aggregate Foster Homes, which are family-oriented settings headed by foster parents.

  • Rosenberg Group Home, for up to twelve girls and young women ages 12 to 21
  • Price Pregnant and Parenting Teen Group Home, for up to eight teens
  • Cummings and Talman Group Home, for boys ages 13 to 21 with both developmental disabilities and behavioral/emotional needs
  • Campbell Group Homes for girls ages 13 to 21 with both developmental disabilities and behavior/emotional needs 

Job Corps
2 Chicagoland locations:
Paul Simon
3348 South Kedzie
Chicago, IL 60623
Tel: (773) 847-9820
Fax: (773) 847-9823

1101 Mills Road
Joliet, IL 60433
Tel: (815) 727-7677
Fax: (815) 723-7052

  • Free program from the U.S. Department of Labor.
  • Career training opportunities for young men and women aged 16-24.
  • This is a voluntary program which teaches youth self-discipline.

1340 S. Damen Ave., Mezzanine
Chicago, Illinois 60608-1190
(773) 278-7200

  • Service options include independent and transitional living for youth, ages 18-21.
  • Provides unconditional therapeutic care in a family environment for foster children with special needs.

Kemmerer Village
R.R. 1,Box 12C
Assumption, IL 62510
(217) 226-4451

  • Serves children referred and funded by Department of Children and Family Services, Department of Mental Health (via Individual Care Grants), Department of Corrections, Illinois State Board of Education and County Court Juvenile Probation offices.
  • Offered to youth, ages 10-18, with a full-scale I.Q. 70 or higher.

Lawrence Hall Youth Services

4833 N Francisco Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 769-3500
Contact Jennifer Carroll, Intake Coordinator at (773) 769-3500x7048 or Kara Teeple, Chief Operating Officer at (773) 769-3500

  • Youth traumatized by experiences of abuse, neglect, and exploitation receive mental health and behavioral health treatment services in a residential setting.

Lincoln’s Challenge

205 Dodge Ave.
Rantoul, IL 61866
Information Line: (312) 842-7729 or (800) 851-2166

  • Operated by the Illinois National Guard.
  • Youth who would benefit from this program are motivated and drug-free.
  • Requires a 5½-month residential stay and starts in July and September.

Lydia Home Association
4300 W. Irving Park
Chicago, IL 60641
(773) 736-1447

  • Residential program provides a structured, therapeutic environment for children and adolescents with serious behavioral issues, many of whom have been traumatized by abuse or neglect.
  • Issues include aggression, suicidal thoughts, impulsiveness and other harmful behaviors.

MYSI Corporation
954 W. Washington Blvd. 4th flr. East
Chicago, Illinois 60607
(312) 733-8810

  • Not-for-profit, non-sectarian child welfare agency that serves otherwise homeless abused and neglected or delinquent youth under the direction of DCFS or DOC.
  • Also serve at-risk youth in the general population by providing services to schools or via specialized programming specifically tailored to meet the needs of a community.

Midwest Center for Youth
1012 W. Indiana
Kouts, IN 46347
(219) 766-2999 x116

  • Serves kids who have had one acute hospitalization.
  • The center is a locked facility and treats aggressive behavior, emotional or psychiatric issues co-occurring with substance abuse problems, and chronic or acute psychosis.
  • Youth ages 6-18 can be accepted, but they must be in school.

Milwaukee Academy
9501 Watertown Plank Road
PO Box 13397
Wauwatosa, WI 53213-0397
(414) 257-3141

  • Provides treatment for girls who present a pattern of behavioral and mental health symptoms such as emotional disturbance, aggressive behaviors, substance abuse, and self-harming behaviors, which are inhibiting their ability to remain safely in their community.
  • Potential clients may have mental health issues, experienced abuse, or be perpetrators.

Mooseheart Child City and School
Mooseheart, IL 60539
(630) 906-3631 (Admissions)

  • Home for children and teens in need, from infancy through high school. Typical client has average intelligence or above; at or near grade-level achievement.
  • No: special education, drugs or alcohol, significant involvement with the law, need for psychiatric treatment.

Onarga Academy
110 W. Locust
Onarga, IL 60955
(815) 268-4001

  • Uses innovative treatment approaches, research-proven techniques on the premise that all children must be treated with dignity and respect.

Rice Child and Family Center
1101 W. Washington Street
Evanston, IL 60202
(847) 424-5133

  • Highly trained therapists work with the children to correct negative behavior and reinforce positive social contact.
  • Therapy is conducted in individual and group settings, and includes social skills training, counseling, and psychiatric intervention.

324 North 5th Street
Rockford IL,
(815) 490-0777

  • Not-for-profit organization that provides a full continuum of addiction treatment services for children, youth, adults and families.
  • Offers a half-way house.

Shelter Inc.
1616 N. Arlington Heights Rd.
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
(847) 590-6190

  • Provides two emergency shelters for adolescents, ages 11-17.
  • Group home accommodates up to 6 males, ages 16-18.
  • Provides a Healthy Families child abuse prevention program for new mothers or pregnant moms.

Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School at the University of Chicago
1365 E. 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 702-1203

  • Residential facility located on the University of Chicago campus
  • 86% of clients go onto college.

SOS Children’s Village
216 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 925
Chicago, Illinois 60606
(312) 372-8200

  • Nonprofit child welfare agency that builds villages for children who are removed from their biological families due to neglect, abuse, abandonment or inability to care for them.
  • Offers services for youth, up to 18 years old.
  • Offers foster care/group homes for DCFS wards. accepted.
  • Specializes in long-term placement (usually at least 5 years) and keeping siblings together.

Teen Living Programs
3741 S. Indiana
Chicago, IL 60653
(773) 548-4443

  • Offers a variety of services to adolescents, ages 14-21.
  • Offers a 24-hour crisis hotline.
  • Group home available for youth, ages 14-21.

Turning Point Adolescent Treatment Center
8324 Skokie Blvd.
Skokie, IL 60077
(847) 933-0051

  • 35 licensed and highly credentialed social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists provide outpatient individual and group services for all ages.
  • Residential living program.
  • Services include mental health programs for children and adolescents, crisis intervention, outpatient treatment, community housing, crisis intervention, and psychosocial rehabilitation.

Uhlich Children’s Advantage Network (UCAN)
3737 N Mozart
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 884-2235

  • Provides effective counseling, therapy, and training programs to help children, families, and individuals address challenging issues.
  • Provides 24-hour on-call service.

Youth Outreach Services
2411 W Congress Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60612
(773) 777-7112

  • Provides a runaway/homeless youth shelter, an independent living program and supportive community-based services designed to keep families intact.
  • Collaborates with the Cook County Juvenile Court to provide intensive community-based services to reduce detention and recidivism rates among juvenile offenders.
  • Provides outpatient drug/alcohol treatment and early intervention services at six community locations.