The Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Child & Family Center (Rice Center) provides a therapeutic setting for young children with severe mental health and behavior challenges. The therapeutic residential center serves children ages 6 to 14 with the focus on helping children and families stabilize, gain skills and work toward a goal of transitioning to a home environment. Our treatment philosophy and approach is multi-systemic and draws on the ARC framework, Collaborative Problem Solving, and the latest neurobiological research.
Programming at the Rice Center takes a holistic treatment approach designed to treat and transition youth back to a family setting. Residents and families receive a range of therapeutic services designed to address their emotional and behavioral challenges while providing a supportive environment that encourages personal growth. Interventions are designed to be collaborative and relational in nature; and, include the child, family, school and all other stakeholders. The center develops individual treatment and transition plans for each child emphasizing skills needed to be successful in a home setting. The Rice Milieu Program is based on campus-wide and unit specific age and developmentally appropriate expectations, and rules, which foster safety and predictability. Staff implement and reinforce expectations within a context of a collaborative and non-coercive relationship between staff, client and family. Treatment team members include family members, social workers, psychologists, pediatricians, psychiatrists, registered Nurses, art therapists and counselors.
We believe that our clients and families want to be successful. Through developing healthy relationships and working together on targeted intervention and individualized treatment, clients and families maximize their potential for success.
Interested in Working at Rice?
The Rice Center is located in a residential neighborhood within the Evanston community. Children’s Home & Aid has provided residential services to children at this location for over 105 years. All Rice Center employees are active treatment team members, who are responsible for providing a consistent, therapeutic environment for children. Everyone is responsible for helping to meet individual client and family needs by helping clients develop healthy relationships and advocating for clients, while encouraging client social, emotional, and intellectual growth. Regardless of position or responsibilities, all work at the Rice Center is challenging and equally rewarding. Energetic, reflective and creative people are encouraged to apply.