IWS Children’s Clinic

Over a century ago, a group of caring and determined women set out to care for the health of our community’s children, who were becoming sick from contaminated milk. What began as a clean milk station for infants has matured into the IWS Children’s Clinic. At this thriving medical home, vulnerable children receive high quality medical, dental, and behavioral services.

Today the need for access to health services for children in our community continues. Thanks to generous support like yours, our clinic can serve as a medical home for them. We appreciate your support as we move into our next 100 years of service.

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Creating More Smiles through Dentistry Expansion

There are children in our local community with unmet health needs. Thanks to a major expansion, the Oak Park and River Forest Infant Welfare Society is creating more smiles and more laughter.

And we really will be creating a new smile for many children – adding to our dentistry services at the IWS Children’s Clinic is one of our top goals. For many families, we are the only option for a dentist.

Children with special needs often have the most difficulty finding help for their dental needs. For them, we are creating new sound proof, handicap accessible dental operatories. Upon completion of our expansion, children with diagnoses such as Autism and Cerebral Palsy will have a safe and comfortable home for care.

Home-iest of Medical Homes

Children visiting the IWS Children’s Clinic will not only receive high quality health care, as part of our expansion they will also enter a welcoming space designed with them in mind. The clinic transformation includes a new Therapeutic Mural; a whimsical illustration that will engage kids with playful characters, educational motifs and health-living portrayals. We are harnessing the power of imagery in a new and innovative way to guide the healthy growth and healing of children.

And, the warmth of the clinic experience will not stop there. As each child leaves, they will choose a book from our newly renovated Giving Library – just one more of the many steps we are taking to be the home-iest of medical homes.

Planned Giving

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) 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 quite real and it 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 especially designed to meet the needs of children with special needs, including diagnoses such as autism and cerebral palsy. The sound-proofing and handicap-accessible design will provide a safer, more comfortable place to receive dental care.

Help Kids Like Adrian Today

(*) Name changed for privacy.

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