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

Mercy Home’s residency program is for youth 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.

Mercy Home is committed to serving:

  • Male and female youth ages 11-21
  • Youth who voluntarily commit to and are motivated to engage in Mercy Home’s treatment program
  • Youth who would benefit from building healthy attachments and relationships
  • Youth who have experienced trauma and/or neglect, or who may have difficulty coping with stressors in their lives
  • Youth who present with moderate emotional, behavioral and psychological challenges
  • Youth who present with moderate educational and/or vocational challenges and/or may be struggling academically
  • Youth who would benefit from being temporarily removed from the home setting and may be in need of more intensive services that are not reasonably attainable in their community

Contact The Admissions Team

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.

Please note: we do not provide an immediate response to messages sent through this form. Please use the following phone numbers for immediate assistance:

Emergency situations – 911
Emergency shelter (within Chicago) – 311
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – (800) 273-8255
National Domestic Violence Hotline – (800) 799-SAFE (7233)

Admissions Process

The process consists primarily of 4 main evaluation steps designed to to get to know a young person and his or her primary caregiver(s) as well as possible. This allows us to tailor the process to meet their needs. During the process we may recommend additional meetings based on individual need.

Step 1

Group Information Session

At an informational session, we provide a detailed explanation of our program and ask some questions to get to know the family and young person seeking admission.

We know that when you care about a young person in need, you want him or her to be able to move into Mercy Home as fast as possible. 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.

Step 2

Review of Records

As part of the application process, we need to review key records for each applicant. We request these documents prior to conducting the in person assessment.

Required Documents

Prior to Assessment

  • Complete hospital records if the youth has ever been hospitalized for behavioral or psychiatric reasons
  • Legal records (if applicable)
  • School records including:
    • Standardized test scores (Explore, Plan, ISAT, Terra Nova)
    • Unofficial school transcripts (including all earned credits & year in school)
    • Current class schedule with grades in progress
    • Copy of current Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and/or 504 Plan (if applicable)
    • Attendance record (noting all absences and tardies)
    • Behavior records (detentions, suspensions, conduct reports, etc.)
    • Medical records (physicals, dental records, immunizations)

Day of Assessment

Proof of guardianship for youth under the age of 18, such as:

  • Court documents
  • Tax forms

Step 3

In Person Assesment

During this 3 – 4 hour appointment, we conduct in-depth interviews with the applicant and their family. Brief academic testing may occur during this meeting as well.

Step 4

Family Partnership Meeting and Shadow Night

The shadow night allows the applicant to spend the afternoon and evening at Mercy Home, meet the staff and other youth, and gain a first-hand experience of what it’s like at Mercy Home.

Acceptance

After all of our steps are complete, we decide whether a young person is accepted.

If a young person is accepted, we will arrange a move-in date. Occasionally, we don’t have space in certain age groups. In this case, the young person will be assigned to an upcoming opening. We do our best to predict when space will become available.

We know that when you care about a young person in need, you want him or her to be able to move into Mercy Home as fast as possible. 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.

Sometimes we determine that a young person needs a different type of program than Mercy Home. For those who are not admitted, we can recommend other agencies that can best address their needs.