Generous Support Fuels Our Growth

Over the past 10 years we have more than doubled our patient visits to 10,024, and we have grown our annual operating budget to $1.7 million. Through dedication to our work and mission, the Oak Park River Forest Children’s Clinic served 3,169 children last year.

The economy goes up and down, as does the state and federal funding we receive. Because of the generous support of our donors and partners, we do not have to choose which children we can afford to serve, or which services we can afford to provide.

Family Service and Mental Health Center of Cicero

Generous funding from The Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation enabled us to expand the mental health services we offer our patients. Our Clinic partnered with Family Service and Mental Health Center of Cicero to provide therapy and psychiatry to our patients here at the IWS Children’s Clinic.

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) School of Dentistry

Since 2005, the IWS Children’s Clinic has been one of the top Preceptor Sites for the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) School of Dentistry. Each year, up to 16 fourth-year UIC dental students rotate through our dental clinic. The benefit to the Clinic is significant: UIC dental students allow the Clinic to support an additional 1,600 visits a year.

We also Have Partnerships with the Following Organizations:

Collaboration for Early Childhood
Family Service and Mental Health Center of Cicero
Hephzibah Children’s Association
Oral Health America
Rush Oak Park Hospital
Sarah’s Inn
Seven Generations Ahead
University of Illinois School of Dentistry
West Cook YMCA
West Suburban Pads


Partnerships Matter

“In January we received a referral from the Rush Oak Park Hospital ER, a young man who had been abused. A father brought his eight-year-old son to the Rush ER after the boy came home from a weekend with his mom (who shares custody) and her boyfriend.

The boy had been assaulted, and his face was covered in bruises. The child had no primary physician and was covered by All Kids Medicaid, so the hospital referred him to our clinic for an immediate follow-up visit.

They walked from Rush straight to our clinic, where they were welcomed and examined quickly without an appointment. Our social worker joined them during that initial medical visit and was able to talk with the boy and his dad about the traumatic incident right away. He is now coming to our clinic for weekly therapy sessions, and the clinic is now his medical home.”

Dr. Stephanie Weller
Pediatrician, IWS Children’s Clinic

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