Child and Family Connections Program

CFCs are the regional intake agencies for children and families to enter the Illinois Early Intervention system. There are 25 CFCs around the state; each is responsible for a geographic region. La Rabida CFC serves the following zip codes: 60619, 60615, 60617, 60637, 60609, 60621, 60636.

Early intervention is a collection of services for infants and toddlers who have delays in their development or who are at risk for developmental delays and their families. Children may be eligible for Early intervention services if they have one or more of the following medical or developmental delay conditions:

Qualifying Medical Conditions

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Diagnosed hearing or vision loss
  • Down syndrome
  • Seizure disorder
  • Spinal bifida
  • Prematurity and other medical conditions

Developmental Delay (30% delay in one or more areas)

  • Adaptive
  • Cognitive
  • Communication
  • Emotional
  • Physical
  • Social

At risk factors are also considered in determining eligibility for services.

CFC Service Coordinators assist families with children between birth and age three, to obtain evaluations and assessments. They help determine eligibility for early intervention services.

If eligible, an Individualized Family Services Plan (IFSP) will be developed.  The IFSP is a plan that is built around family routines, contains functional outcomes for the child, determines therapists and other specialists, helps the team to monitor progress, and is reviewed every six months and annually. Speech, Physical, Occupational, and Developmental therapy are among the 16 services available thru Early Intervention.

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Contact Us
To make a referral, please contact:
Child & Family Connections:
1525 East 55th Street (on the corner of 55th and Lake Park)
Chicago, IL 60615-5512
773.324.7434 (phone)
773.324.7469 (fax)
For more information on Early Intervention visit the Illinois Department of Human Services