Indian Oaks Academy
Services for High-Acuity, At-Risk, and Community-Based Youth

A highly individualized program for high-acuity, at-risk youth who have exhibited unhealthy sexual behaviors, patterns of abusive behavior, and lack of empathy, with and without accompanying intellectual disability.


History

Indian Oaks Academy began treating adolescent boys in December 1993, at the request of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. In 1995, the site added two girls’ units. Indian Oaks expanded into the community with the management of a girls’ and boys’ inpatient treatment units at Riverside Hospital in Kankakee, IL. In 2013, nearly 20 years after it began, Indian Oaks Academy campus was completely rebuilt with 6 new cottages, and two step-down buildings.

Site

Indian Oaks Academy is located approximately 50 miles south of Chicago, in a small, rural community. The Academy features 6 cottages, with 48 residential beds for boys and 32 residential beds for girls, as well as a 16-bed unit for intellectually disabled boys who demonstrate unhealthy sexual behaviors, and a 16-bed unit for intellectually disabled girls who demonstrate unhealthy sexual behaviors. In addition, Indian Oaks Academy operates a group home for girls, transitional living for both boys and girls, and an on-campus school. Within the community, Indian Oaks manages two inpatient psychiatric units for boys and girls at a local hospital, as well as an LGBTQ support group, and an intervention program for youth at risk of entering the juvenile detention system. The foster care arm of Indian Oaks Academy — Starfish Family Homes — offers foster care support services in Kankakee County.

Innovative Programming

Indian Oaks Academy has earned a national reputation as an outstanding residential treatment provider for hard-to-place boys and girls, ages 12-21, who have exhibited problematic sexual behaviors, patterns of abusive behavior, and lack of empathy. Sexuality therapy includes sessions addressing inappropriate sexual behaviors and perpetration, and the resolution of personal victimization issues.

The site has expanded its service line to help youth in foster care, those who are at-risk, and those who need continued care through aftercare services.

Indian Oaks Programs

Accreditation/Licensing

  • Accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services (COA)
  • Licensed as a Child Care Institution by the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS)
  • Safe Harbor School accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA-CASI)
  • Medicaid eligible (Medical coverage only)

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