According to the National Mental Health Association, almost 20% of all children are in need of some type of mental health support service. Sadly, fewer than 1 in 5 of the 17.5 million children in need of services actually receive the services. Many of these students will not achieve academic success due to social, emotional, and behavioral problems affecting school performance. School social workers help these students through early identification, prevention, intervention, counseling and support. Laraway & Oak Valley Schools have a full time school social worker to help address and meet the social and emotional needs of children in order to help them achieve success in school and life.
School social work is a specialized area of practice within the broad field of social work. School social workers:
If you, your child, or your family are in need of support, please reach out to Laraway and Oak Valley’s school social worker at 815-727-5196 (ext. 262).
Below is a non-comprehensive list of community agencies that may also provide counseling services and support:
Aunt Martha’s Youth Service Center
409 W Jefferson St.
Insurances Accepted: Medicaid/AllKids
203 N Ottawa St.
Catholic Charities Hands of Hope Counseling
2121 Oneida St., Suite 304
Insurances Accepted: Accepts most insurances or sliding scale (not medical card)
Crisis Line of Will County (suicide prevention & referral information)
In addition to suicide prevention, this crisis line serves as a Resource Line and you can obtain information & referrals for food assistance, financial assistance, etc.
Family Counseling Services
62 W Washington Street
Insurances Accepted: Medicaid/All-kids, all private insurances, sliding scale
Guardian Angel Home
1550 Plainfield Road
Insurances Accepted: ALL SERVICES FREE
Will County Health Department
Division of Behavioral Health
407 W Jefferson
Insurances Accepted: Medicaid/AllKids only
We serve each child for the purpose of helping reach his or her full potential as a life-long learner.
It is the business of learning that inspires us to teach.
Our ultimate goal is to positively contribute to the betterment of the communities in which WE live.