Teaching values, offering possibilities, and building hope.

Cunningham Children’s Home serves youth and their families dealing with serious emotional and behavioral challenges. We transform lives by helping each youth reach their individual potential. Our comprehensive services include:

Educational Services

a good education...

Our education programs:

  • serve students who need intensive special education services as well as therapeutic treatment for their emotional and behavioral challenges.
  • provide exemplary programs and services that allow our youth to develop the learning and coping skills needed to be successful in public schools.

Residential Services

a safe place...

With help from our friends, approximately 30 youth in our Residential Treatment program benefit from:

  • a treatment team that includes professional staff, counselors, therapists, and case managers who work with them 24/7.
  • support, healing, and growth through Special Therapies, Health Services, and Spiritual Life programming.

Young adults in our Transitional and Independent Living programs receive:

  • an opportunity to learn to live on their own in a structured setting with support from caring staff including therapists, counselors, nurses, and vocational teachers.

Community Services

serving our community...

With HopeSprings Counseling Services, we now offer counseling expertise directly to individuals-mainly youth and families-in the community who are experiencing difficult life situations.

Through HopeSprings, counselors:

  • offer therapy through individual, family, and group sessions in office, home, or school environments
  • are certified in Theraplay, a child and family therapy based on the natural patterns of playful, healthy interactions between parent and child and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, a treatment model that teaches children and parents new skills to help process, manage, and resolve thoughts and feelings related to traumatic life events.

Our various community-based services help meet the needs of youth and families, who live across central Illinois. Our programs provide:

  • support for the homeless
  • intensive family engagement services
  • resources and shelter for runaways
  • therapeutic services for the entire family
  • vocational training
  • intensive case management
  • shelter and case management
  • comprehensive life skills development
  • linkages to permanent housing and employment
  • stable living assistance
  • community counseling
  • independent living skills training
  • parenting skills training
  • guidance in health and safety issues
  • on-site job training and coaching
  • career exploration and assessment
  • job advocacy and placement
  • placement stabilization services
  • crisis intervention
  • community linkages
  • foster parent support
  • school intervention and tutoring
  • court advocacy
  • mentoring services
  • enrichment activities
  • individual and family counseling for foster and natural families