Do you know a child who is struggling? Contacting Mercy Home could save a life.

Mercy Home’s residency program is for kids between the ages of 11 and 21 who live in situations that place extra stresses on a their health and progress. The common thread that connects our children to Mercy Home is that they have experienced trauma and that they are committed to changing their lives.

Mercy Home welcomes referrals of young people in need from throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. We evaluate each referred youth for appropriate placement within our full-time residential programs. Our admissions process is designed to ensure that each youth who comes to live at our Home is best served by the resources we provide.

Who is a good fit for our program

Our young people come to us with a wide variety of challenges

  • Low self-esteem and depression
  • failing grades, poor attendance, or disciplinary problems
  • Pressure from gangs or neighborhood violence
  • Relational difficulties with adults or siblings
  • Abuse, abandonment or neglect
  • Family members who are in jail or on drugs

Unfortunately, Mercy Home cannot admit young people who:

  • Have psychoses
  • Have perpetuated sexual or physical abuse
  • Are actively suicidal
  • Are currently self-mutilating
  • Are pregnant
  • Are fire-setting
  • Have a primary diagnosis of substance abuse
  • Have a profound leaning disorder or have IQ under 80
  • Have severe behavior or emotional disorders

Refer a Child

Complete our referral form and one of our trained admissions counselors will contact you.

If you are a young person interested in placement at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, Please call 312-738-7590.