PROVIDING A SAFETY NET
What would happen if there was no Children’s Clinic?
The Children’s Clinic is the last resort for many children and families with health challenges, limited means and difficult home circumstances in Chicago and the near west suburbs.
Without the Children’s Clinic there would be no safety net. No plan B for these families. We would be a poorer, less caring and isolated community.
To support the Children’s Clinic is to make a difference. It’s your generosity that enables the Children’s Clinic to care for families in need.
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Heartfelt Healthcare: Why it’s important & how we do it
It’s Medical, but it’s also health education and helping the family. It’s Dental, but it’s also behavioral health and mentoring health professionals. Treating the whole child takes a community of partners and volunteers. It’s why we have strong relationships with organizations throughout the community. We help a vulnerable population and, for many of our patients, our services are a safety net. That’s why it really matters what services we offer – and how we deliver them. From Pediatrics and Dentistry to Behavioral Health and Nutrition Counseling, our welcoming Children’s Clinic provides quality, heartfelt healthcare for the whole child.
Home-iest of Medical Homes
Children visiting the IWS Children’s Clinic not only receive high quality health care, they enter a special space designed with them in mind. A unique, therapeutic mural welcomes children throughout the halls of the clinic with whimsical illustrations that engage with playful characters, educational motifs and health-living portrayals.
After a visit with a doctor, children may be invited to meet one of our truly special providers – a pet therapy dog. These specially trained dogs can bring calm to a child that may be anxious and happiness to a child that is unable to have a pet of their own. Our pet therapy dogs are warm, patient and loving and bring another level of cozy to our clinic.
And, the warmth of the clinic experience does not stop there. Each child that visits is invited into our custom Giving Library, where they are welcome to choose a book to become theirs to keep – just one more of the many steps we take to be the home-iest of medical homes.
We invite you to become a Legacy Giver to OPRF Infant Welfare Society. If you would like more information on how to designate a planned gift, please contact Mindy Ondrla at (708) 406-8661.
REAL PEOPLE, REAL STORIES
Caring for a vulnerable child
The guardianship of a very sick baby is taken on by a great aunt, from the goodness of her heart, having already raised her own family.
The aunt steps in when the mother is unable to take care of her sick newborn. The baby tests positive for drugs, has an infection and fails the hearing and eye tests.
The Children’s Clinic continues to be a healthcare partner for the family. We provide behavioral health services to improve the family dynamic. We are addressing the dependency. The infection has cleared, and we are providing ongoing care to the infant.
Providing care to a family in need
Two small children are brought to the Children’s Clinic by their mother, who is carrying the homeless family’s belongings in seven bags.
A victim of domestic abuse. Moved from place to place. Depended on shelters and food pantries. Being homeless meant that the mother could not follow up on health visits for her children, who were not in school and were suffering depression and anxiety.
We connect with the family. Ensure immunizations are up-to-date. Help Mom keep appointments. Find therapy services for the children. Medications are coordinated to one location. Now, the family is in an apartment, the children are in school and getting the care they need.
Your donations can help families like these and many more.Please give today.