Health Professionals’ Resources

The following information is categorized so that you can quickly find services and resources to help you support the children and families that you serve. Another tool is the Health Connection Hub, a database designed to expand the resource and referral network available to health and social service providers and community members.

Click on any topic to see more information. We also have an additional library of information that you can share with parents and caregivers about early intervention and children with disabilities.

Important Hotline Numbers

  • Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital (LFH) Perinatal Network: Postpartum Depression 24 Hour Crisis Hotline: 1-866-3646667
  • Fussy Baby Network: 1-888-431-2229 (888-431-BABY)
  • American Association of Poison Control Centers (24/7): 1-800-222-1222 
  • Illinois Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-25A-BUSE (1-800-252-2873); TTY 1-800-358-5117
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline (24/7): 1-800-799-7233; hearing impaired: 1-855-812-1001; TTY: 1-800-787-3224. Online chat is also available everyday from 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. central time at
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24/7): 1-800-TALK (1-800-273-8255). Online chat is also available.
  • Pillars 24 Hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 708-485-5245
  • Pillars 24 Hour Sexual Assault Hotline: 708-482-9600
  • Thrive Counseling Center 24/7 Crisis Team: 708-383-7500
  • The Veteran’s Crisis Line (24/7): 1-800-273-8255 and press 1; or text 838255. 

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Standardized Illinois Early Intervention Referral Form

The Standardized Illinois Early Intervention Referral Form should be completed by the referring party (i.e. a physician or early childhood care and education provider) with the parent or guardian. Be sure to check (√) the appropriate boxes in Section 4 and have the parent or guardian complete and sign Section 6. This will allow the referring party to receive information about the outcome of the referral.

Fax the completed form to the appropriate Child and Family Connections (CFC) office. See the list of CFC service areas and fax #s on pages 7-10 of the Collaboration’s Developmental Referral & Services Directory.
The West Cook County area, which includes Oak Park, River Forest, and Forest Park, is CFC 7. The CFC 7 fax # is (708) 449-7071 or (708) 449-7173.

CFC will assign the family a service coordinator who must contact the family (usually by phone) within 2 business days. Please share this information with the parent or guardian and let them know to expect a phone call.

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