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Are children ever turned away from Cunningham Childrens Home? Is there a waiting list?

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Are children ever turned away from Cunningham Childrens Home? Is there a waiting list?

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There are 20,000 children in the state of Illinois who need placement outside of their natural home. Many of them are in temporary shelters so from that respect, there is always a waiting list. But, we are not always at full capacity and we do not accept every child that is referred to us. The reason why we are not always at full capacity is that some children leave unexpectedly because of a change in their situation, a court order or severe behavior problems that are a threat to the other children we are serving. If a discharge is “unplanned” it may take the in-take coordinator time to fill that bed. Also, depending on the dynamics of the children in a given cottage, staff may choose to work with 8 or 9 children instead of 10 in order to better meet the needs of those children. Normally we average about 90 to 95% capacity for the year. The reason why we do not accept every child that is referred to us is that our program is not “right” for every child. We have to make sure we can meet

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There are 20,000 children in the state of Illinois who need placement outside of their natural home. Many of them are in temporary shelters so from that respect, there is always a waiting list. But, we are not always at full capacity and we do not accept every child that is referred to us.The reason why we are not always at full capacity is that some children leave unexpectedly because of a change in their situation, a court order or severe behavior problems that are a threat to the other children we are serving. If a discharge is “unplanned” it may take the in-take coordinator time to fill that bed. Also, depending on the dynamics of the children in a given cottage, staff may choose to work with 8 or 9 children instead of 10 in order to better meet the needs of those children. Normally we average about 90 to 95% capacity for the year.The reason why we do not accept every child that is referred to us is that our program is not “right” for every child. We have to make sure we can meet t

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