Thank you for considering Walter Lawson Children's Home. Residents are referred by hospital discharge planners, physicians, community service boards and families of current residents. Families can also refer themselves for a loved one's care.

Our Admissions Committee conducts a comprehensive evaluation of the applicant's medical history, physical and psycho-social factors. Considerations weighed by our Admissions Committee include:
  • Age
  • Ambulatory Status
  • Level of Functioning
  • Medical Condition
  • Behavior
  • Discharge Potential
All applicants must meet the following requirements:
  1. Be dependent in four or more of the following areas:
    1. Motor Development
    2. Dressing Skills
    3. Grooming Skills
    4. Toileting Skills
    5. Eating Skills
    6. Language Development
    7. Productive Capacity
  2. Be able to benefit from skilled nursing care and a habilitation program. Requiring continuous skilled nursing care and medical supervision for complicated conditions, chronic long term or recurring medical conditions, such as:
    1. Uncontrolled Seizure Activity
    2. Gastrostomy
    3. Tracheotomy
    4. Immune Compromised
    5. Respiratory Issues
  3. Complete authorized forms to obtain additional required information.
An admission is considered weighing all characteristics to determine the need for placement. Final acceptance is based on each child's developmental level and the home's capacity to meet the child's needs appropriately. Residents of the home are eligible for various state and federal aid programs that defray the cost of care. Following admission, educational placement is determined by a team of school professionals and the parents to appropriately meet the needs of the child.

Upon admission to the home, each child is given a comprehensive examination and evaluation on which the child's program of care and training is based. The child's progress within this program is closely monitored by our staff. The program is routinely re-evaluated to ensure its effectiveness. Parents are always welcome to visit their children and to discuss their progress. No appointment is needed. Parents are an important part in program development.

Walter Lawson Children's Home is licensed by the state as a private, not for profit, skilled pediatric facility for the care of developmentally disabled children. It meets all government rules, regulations, and standards concerning services, equipment, and physical plan. It is also approved for participation in Title XIX, Medicaid.

For further information about admission, fees, and services, contact Walter Lawson Children's Home at (815) 633-6636.

If you are considering placing a loved one at Walter Lawson Children's Home, we encourage you to begin the application process. Click on the link below to download the application form. You may mail the application to our address at 1820 Walter Lawson Drive, Loves Park, IL 61111 or bring it with you on your tour.

Download the Admission Information Form Here

For More Information
For more information, or to schedule a tour, please contact Walter Lawson Children's Home at (815) 633-6636 or complete the online tour/information request form.

For information about our admission criteria, individual rights, and privacy practices, please call (815) 633-6636.