Since its founding in 1897, Allendale has proudly served children, youth, and their families from all walks of life. These children, often victims of abuse, neglect or severe mental and/or behavioral health problems, come to Allendale with the devastating experiences of failure in the classroom, misunderstanding in the home and isolation in the community. Helping these children to heal and prepare for a brighter future requires highly sophisticated therapeutic programs and services. Allendale’s educational, residential, clinical, vocational and recreational programs are provided within safe, aesthetically designed facilities. The main campus in Lake Villa, Illinois houses the Elizabeth Morse Special Education School, the Bradley Counseling Center and intensive residential treatment programs for youth 6 to 18 years of age. Additionally, Allendale has residential treatment programs in North Chicago, IL, as well as group homes in Waukegan, IL; an outpatient community based child/family counseling center in Gurnee, IL and an extended day treatment special education satellite program for children and youth from surrounding communities in Woodstock, IL.
Today, we serve over 800 children, youth and families annually.