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Little City Foundation Earns Highest Industry Accreditation for Services to Children and Adults with Disabilities

Independent review board for human services and health agencies, CARF, awards three-year certification to Little City Foundation (LCF)

Continuing its longstanding run of consistently achieving and delivering high-quality services to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Little City Foundationrecently received a three-year certification from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), an international and independent accreditor of human services and health organizations.

The three-year accreditation is the highest certification awarded to agencies that meet CARF’s rigorous standards.

“The CARF review provides our organization with the opportunity to obtain an extensive and intensive look by  independent external reviewers at how we protect people’s rights, the services we offer them, and the quality of life we provide to them,” said Theresa Moran, Director of Compliance and Regulatory Relations for Little City. “The review showed that the efforts of our staff, every day, are creating opportunities for our participants to develop their interests, skills and talents at Little City.”

A four-member CARF team reviewed Little City’s program and services structure in late January, which was then followed by a CARF review in early March of the organization’s administrative practices.

The CARF team spent many hours during their multi-day review visiting families, the Palatine campus buildings, community-based homes, referral sources and Little City’s Chicago Office, which focuses on in-home services along with an extensive foster care and adoption service. The CARF members also interviewed staff, residents and Board members during the review process.

“The organization has developed an excellent strategic plan that has taken into account significant information from the organization itself, analyses of the community, competitors and the business environment,” the report stated. “On balance, Little City Foundation is in substantial conformance to CARF standards.”

In the CARF process, Little City programs were evaluated on approximately 122 standards in 13 categories.

“Each department within our team takes a great deal of pride in their respective functions,” Moran said. “What’s encouraging to us is to see that our efforts meet CARF standards in everyday practice as we provide a therapeutic and safe environment for our residents.”

In its summary meeting with Little City after their January review, the CARF team noted that “families [of residents] were very supportive of Little City and felt the welfare of their children was very high.” The committee also praisedLittle City for programs such as the arts, where “residents have a variety of choices to choose from.” They also noted that Little City’s website provided good information about the agency, including coverage of events that residents participate in throughout the year.

About Little City
Being a leader for 59 years, Little City continues to be inspirational and transformational in developing its 56-acre therapeutic community in Palatine. From a modest beginning of three homes and 16 residents primarily with Down syndrome, Little City has grown into a recognized leader offering a wide array of innovative services to more than 1,000 clients weekly. In addition to the Palatine location, Little City has a Community Services Office in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood, adult service centers in Palatine and Waukegan, and 13 adult community homes and one children’s group home located throughout suburban Cook and DuPage Counties.

Today, Little City’s comprehensive program portfolio includes vocational training and employment placement, foster care and adoption, home-based family support, health and wellness, recreation and therapeutic activities, disability awareness and community education, a day school and an award-winning arts program. Visit www.littlecity.org.

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“Little City uses an affirming message – that it’s a good world, there’s a place for my kids in the world and Little City will help them find it.”

Rachel, mother of children receiving home-based support services