Celebrating 100 Years of Healthy Kids

Shaping Our Future One Healthy Child At A Time

In 1916 in Chicago, 1 out of 10 babies did not live to see their first birthday. That year, a group of Oak Park & River Forest women felt compelled to help address infant deaths. They started raising funds and developing plans to provide medical care and clean milk to local babies. This is how the Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society was born.

Our programs are just as relevant today as they were in 1916. One hundred years later, we provide medical, dental and behavioral health care to hundreds of families from Oak Park, River Forest and 50 surrounding communities. Moreover, we now provide care not only for infants, but also for children from birth to age 18.

For many parents, access to pediatric medical, dental, and behavioral health care remains a challenge. For one hundred years our organization has been adapting and providing for the needs of children. Your gift to the Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society can help provide a healthier and happier future to even more children, one child at a time.

Please make your generous gift today

You Can Make a Difference to a Child.

Your gift of $50 helps fund one medical exam at the IWS Children’s Clinic.
Your gift of $75 funds one routine dental exam for a child.
Your gift of $100 funds one counseling session for a child with our mental health therapist.

Make a Bequest or Planned Gift

Leaving a gift to OPRF Infant Welfare Society in your will is simple. Ask your financial advisor to include a version of the following language:

"I give and bequeath to Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society, 320 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL, ____% of my residuary estate to be used for its general objectives and purposes."

OR

"I give and bequeath to Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society, 320 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL, the sum of $__________, to be used for its general objectives and purposes.”

Already designated a gift to the OPRF Infant Welfare Society in your will? Please let us know so we can include you among our Legacy Givers.

For more information please contact Mindy Ondrla at (708) 848-0528 x231.

A Child’s Smile

Meet Adrian

Adrian is terrified of going to the dentist. Between the touching of his mouth and the barrage of high-pitched noises, he finds it unbearable. His fear is a quite real and sometimes overtakes him. You see, Adrian has autism and the stimuli encountered at a dental visit can be traumatizing for him. It’s for Adrian, and children like him, that we are embarking on a major project to expand our services and experience for children at our Clinic.

Our two new dental suites will be specially designed to meet the needs of children with special needs, including diagnosis such as autism and cerebral palsy. The sound-proofing and handicap design will provide a safer, more comfortable place to receive dental care.

Additionally, we plan to install a Therapeutic Mural Illustration. The whimsical mural will reinvigorate the clinic and create a warm, inviting welcome to our patients and their families. However, this mural will accomplish much more than your average artwork. It will give minds somewhere to go, leading our patients toward a road of health and well-being.

sign up for e-news and event invitations