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Essential Services Support Children with Behavioral Challenges

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Imagine having a child with significant challenges like depression, severe anxiety, and developmentally inappropriate behavior. Most parents are ill-equipped to deal with such issues, but many don’t know where to turn for help.

The Pioneer Center for Human Services in McHenry county offers Youth Behavioral Services to help meet the needs of families with at-risk children. “Pioneer Center is the only provider that offers in-depth assistance for the youth population of McHenry county,” said Amy Hernon, Director of Development for Pioneer Center. “We offer mentoring and intensive home therapy that address the issues they face, which helps to heal families. We are truly investing in our future generation.”

A child needing behavior-related services typically lacks a natural support system. “We see many children who come from low-income families, who receive assistance from Medicaid and non-profit organizations for a variety of services,” added Hernon. “Our clients tend to have significant and severe challenges, from depression to physically and verbally aggressive behavior. They are usually isolated, or not able to engage with family and friends.”

A majority of youth clients have experienced multiple adverse childhood experiences, including divorce or loss of a parent, abuse, domestic violence, and substance abuse within the family unit. In many cases, the children have been diagnosed with a mental health condition.

“At Pioneer Center, we provide essential services to help these kids, including therapeutic mentoring and intensive personalized therapy,” said Hernon. “With our Prevention Services for Schools initiative, we partner with schools to give presentations about bullying, sexual abuse, and other topics in a class setting. As of December 15th, we’ll also offer outpatient child and adolescent therapy.”

The Pioneer Center relies on private funding for all operating and service costs. During this season of giving, please consider donating to aid in their quest of helping to heal this deserving group of children. For more information, please contact:

Amy Hernon, Director of Development

Pioneer Center for Human Services

Phone: (815) 759-7144

ahernon@pioneercenter.org

www.pioneercenter.org

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