Ensuring the health and well-being of children in need has been the undeterred mission of the OPRF Infant Welfare Society through one public health crisis after another. We care for the whole child through integrated medical, dental and behavioral health care at the IWS Children’s Clinic.
On October 19, 2021, a coalition of the nation’s top pediatric experts declared that “the mental health crisis in children is now a national emergency.” Concerns have been steadily rising over past decades; however, the Covid-19 pandemic and racial inequities have led to unprecedented levels of stress in children and adolescents.
The children we care for live in underserved communities with families facing a range of challenges and traumas. In response, we routinely screen our children for signs of distress, which are not always easily apparent in a medical or dental visit.
Once a concern is identified, we rapidly mobilize resources, ranging from hospitalization, therapy, psychiatry, or referrals to local social service agencies. Our providers and social workers learn about the family’s needs and dynamics, and ensure the child is connected with support systems to improve their mental health.
In early 2022, we will move into a new IWS Children’s Clinic at 28 Madison in Oak Park. This nearly 15,000 square foot building will increase our capacity for our core services and expand our definition of caring for the whole child.
If you know someone who could benefit from our services, wish to learn more or to support, please visit www.oprfiws.org or call 708-848-0528.