Residential Treatment Center

11The Residential Treatment Center (RTC) is a mental health treatment program for children ages three through thirteen with a variety of severe and complex mental health problems who need intensive supervision and treatment 24 hours a day. We serve children from throughout the state of Illinois. The Residential Treatment Center combines a positive living environment with specialized mental health treatment and residential school services. Children served include those with severe trauma, and psychiatric, emotional and behavioral disorders. Each child in the Residential Treatment Center has an individualized treatment plan designed to help the child develop the behaviors that will enable the child to return to a home setting. A typical length of stay is 24 months.

Treatment and Services

A combination of structure, nurture, and therapy help young children achieve success in the Residential Treatment Center. During a child’s stay, treatment staff focus on treating trauma and a variety of behavioral and/or emotional problems. Social workers provide oversight for each child’s therapy and care which is developmentally focused with a wide range of innovative, evidence based, trauma informed, individualized approaches.

Services include:

  • 24 hour per day supervision and treatment
  • Skill building
  • Social skills and problem solving training
  • Family and sibling visitation
  • Therapeutic recreation
  • Daily living skills training
  • Community skills
  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Parent training
  • Educational services through Hammitt School or public schools
  • Transition and aftercare services
  • Religious values and education
  • Summer camp

Spiritual Development

As a faith based organization, The Baby Fold believes in the importance of offering spiritual guidance to the children and families we serve. A holistic approach to care which includes mental, physical, emotional and spiritual support is essential to accomplish our life-transforming work. Learn more about our Church Connection.

Living in the RTC

The Baby Fold has provided residential care throughout its history. The current Residential Treatment Center opened in May 2000. It provides a home-like environment that is designed to facilitate close supervision. The Residential Treatment Center is divided into four separate living units, each of which has seven private bedrooms, a living room, dining room, computer/quiet activity room, bathrooms, and staff offices. The RTC is also equipped with therapy rooms, family visiting rooms, a skate room, spacious playgrounds, gymnasium and outdoor basketball court for the children to enjoy. The children living in the RTC also take frequent advantage of the many recreational, educational, and cultural opportunities within the local Bloomington/Normal community.


The Residential Treatment Center employs an interdisciplinary team of highly trained staff to work with the children. Residential treatment specialists provide supervision, care and treatment for children 24 hours a day. The daytime ratio is 3 staff to 7 children and during sleeping hours the ratio is 1 staff to 7 children. Other staff include: a clinical psychologist, a consulting psychiatrist, therapists, registered nursing staff, case managers, and licensed teaching staff. 

Our Relationships With Families

Family involvement is very important to children’s success in residential treatment. In fact research shows that greater family engagement motivates children toward success and improves the children’s treatment outcomes. We offer a variety of ways to help families whose children are in our care including parent centered trainings and family therapy. In addition, we develop a plan for family involvement based on the specific needs of the child because every child and family situation is unique.

Licensure and Referral Process

The Residential Treatment Center is licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to serve 14 children. Children are referred to this program and their treatment is funded through a variety of sources including the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, the Illinois Department of Human Services, and local school districts through the Illinois State Board of Education. Inquiries should be directed to The Baby Fold’s Director of Residential Services at (309) 557-1059.


The Baby Fold’s Residential Treatment program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation.