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Little City Receives Three-Year Accreditation from CARF

Little City is proud to announce it has received a three-year accreditation from The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

This international recognition is a reaffirmation of Little City’s standing as one of the premier service providers for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The accreditation acknowledges Little City exceeds international standards in its residential, employment, community integration, health and foster care services among other programs.

“Little City values the accreditation process and our relationship with CARF,” said Theresa Moran, Little City’s Deputy Chief of Centralized Support Services. “Accreditation is one of the pieces of our process that assists us in focusing daily on fulfilling our mission to provide quality person-centered services.”

Among the many areas of strength highlighted in the accreditation, Little City was praised for its strategic planning, relationship development with donors and community members, staff development and most importantly the care and treatment of those it serves.

“Staff members are in tune with the needs of persons served, and they advocate for the needs and inclusion of persons served in the community,” the CARF report stated. “Persons served clearly know the staff members and management in the program areas very well. The approach that staff members take is very person centered.”

To learn more about Little City’s leading services and programs, please contact Jeff Engelhardt at jengelhardt@littlecity.org or 847-221-7831.


About Little City

Since 1959, Little City has provided vital support and services to children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Today, Little City supports more than 1,200 people through services including community employment, residential, recreational, educational and foster care and adoption placements. Little City has a 56-acre campus in Palatine, vocational training centers in Schaumburg and Waukegan and a Foster Care & Adoption Office based in Chicago.

About Little City
Being a leader for 60 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 15 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.


Tina Maraccini, Director of Communications & Marketing
Phone: (847) 221-7855

“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