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Healthcare & Well-Being Resources

Physical Health Resources

Mental Health Resources

The number of children and adolescents reporting poor mental health is increasing affecting their relationship's, academic performance and overall health.  Together with mental health professionals we can build protective factors and relationships to help children and youth grow into healthy adulthood. 

Mental Health Resources and Links
Virtual Calming Resources for Youth and Caregivers

Developmental Health Resources

A child's early years are the foundation for development, establishing a strong base for lifelong learning including cognitive and social development.  Developmental milestones and providing interventions when deficits are present early in life is critical for academic success and positive adult-life outcomes. 

Pregnant and Parenting Teens

  • UCAN provides oversight and service coordination to pregnant and parenting youth in care and their children statewide by linking youth and their children to an array of services, including: TPSN case management teams, education and employment support, parenting and clinical support, comprehensive discharge planning, advocacy, health care, early learning, home visiting, day care coordination for their children and other specialty services. TPSN and its partners also provide Risk Reduction training across the state that focuses on safe sleep, how to select a good care provider, how to identify if a child has been mistreated and infant brain development.

  • WIC is a food assistance program for Women, Infants, and Children. It helps pregnant women, new mothers and young children eat well and stay healthy.

  • The Illinois Department of Human Services' (IDHS) Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) and your local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agency are working together to support families to get the information and resources the need to find and select the best childcare for their child.

  • MOMS Plus is for pregnant and/or young mothers and fathers ages 13–21 who are DCFS wards, and also for parents of developmentally delayed children. Home-based services and groups help improve the mother’s parenting skills, promote healthy child development, create support networks among young mothers, address trauma that may impact emotional and/or behavioral functioning, and link caregivers to resources.

Our impact this year has changed our community!

  • Children Served in FY23

    9,778

  • Volunteer Hours in FY22

    275,000

  • Volunteer Advocates in FY23

    3,515

  • Number of New Volunteers in FY22

    675

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

  • National CASA
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    Illinois DCFS
  • The Office of Illinois Courts
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