Extended Family Support

The Lakeside Extended Family Support program provides services to relative care givers who need assistance with obtaining guardianship, opening "Child Only" grants with DHS, referral for counseling, emergency cash assistance, and intensive case management.

Lakeside works with families for 90 days in rendering the above services.

Cooperative Transitional Living

Three residential facilities designed to teach independent living skills to pregnant and parenting teen girls between the ages of 17-21. Upon completion of the program, the young women will be able to use the education and independent living skills they have acquired from the program to live on their own.

Independent Living

  • Individual apartments, shared with their children;

  • Working, full- or part-time;

  • Enrolled in college or a vocational program;

  • Emancipate out of the system (age 21);

Addiction and Prevention

The Lakeside Addiction and Prevention program provides education to youth ages 10-17 on the dangers of tobacco, drugs and alcohol as well as reducing number of youth who use tobacco, drugs and alcohol.

Family Centered Services

Providing preventative services to at-risk children around educational issues. Children are referred to this program through our relationship with the CPS school system

Licensing, Recruitment & Training

Lakeside selects families and individuals who meet the Illinois Licensing Standards for Foster Family Homes. Licensing Representatives are assigned to each foster home and conduct risk assessments, home studies, home monitoring, compliance investigations and recommendations for licensure and renewal.

Go Girl Go

Work with young females, ages 13-21 to incorporate physical activities in their daily lives. Go Girl Go is affiliated with Women's Sport Foundation.

Traditional/Relative Foster Care

Our Traditional Foster Care Program is designed to enable qualified community residents to provide quality foster care services to needy children.

Once an individual or family has been selected to participate in our Foster Care Programs, Lakeside provides that family with a continuum of services designed to facilitate a positive foster care relationship.

In our Relative Foster Care Program, children are kept within their actual families (grandparents, aunts and other relatives). Lakeside has developed a variety of effective strategies to engage relative caregivers in a hands-on-approach that involves them more quickly in the dynamics of the care giving process and that assists them in meeting DCFS standards for child caregivers.

In supporting these relationships, whether Traditional or Relative, the Lakeside staff encourages such positive values as faith, unity, self-esteem, determination and productivity.

Teens in Pregnant and Parenting

The Teen Parenting Service Network (TPSN), is a collaboration of Uhlich Children's Home, private child welfare agencies, DCFS, and other community resources to provide enhanced services to pregnant and parenting wards of the State of Illinois. Through supportive services and connections with the community, teen parents are provided an opportunity to learn, grow, and develop.

Lakeside TPSN Goals:

  • To reduce the number of placements experienced by the client.

  • To reduce the number of pregnancies.

  • To increase the enrollment of pregnant class members in prenatal care.

  • To increase enrollment of parenting class members and their children in primary health care services.

  • To increase enrollment of class members in school, job training programs, GED programs or employment.

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