Makes Us Special?
Unlike other residential homes, there is NO COST for placement at our
facilities. At the same time, parents and guardians do not
surrender parental rights. We are a voluntary placement which
allows the parent/guardian to maintain guardianship of their child.
We have a diverse population of children who come to us when, for a
variety of reasons, an alternative living situation is needed.
Our Homes offer a safe, nurturing, structured living environment for
children until they can rejoin their families.
The LaGrange and Murphysboro Homes
provide for all of the children's' primary needs which include housing,
food, clothing, medical, and dental care. We also offer
additional resources for a variety of activities essential to helping children grow into strong, responsible, and
Can The Illinois Masonic
Illinois Masonic Children's Homes strive to provide a home-like
atmosphere in all of our cottages. Live-in house parents
provide guidance and supervision. As part of our program, all
residents are expected to be contributing members of their
households, assisting with chores and planning cottage activities.
Homes open their doors to many opportunities for social and academic
advancement. Children attend local public schools
recognized for their academic excellence. We consider good study
important part of everyday life. House parents and
volunteers assist residents during scheduled study times to improve
How Do I Refer A Child To
The Illinois Masonic
To begin the admission/referral process,
simply call one of the Homes. You will be directed to the
appropriate Case Manager who will work with you to determine if either
of our Homes is a suitable placement for any particular child. The Case Manager will speak with the
child's parent/guardian to formally initiate the referral process,
gathering information about the child, and providing information about
how our program can be of benefit to the family. If the child
seems appropriate for placement, an interview will be scheduled.
During the initial interview, the Case
Manager will obtain the family's social history as well as information
regarding the child's behavior, academic needs and social skills.
If the child appears to be a good candidate for placement at the
Illinois Masonic Children's Home, a weekend visit will be scheduled.
A weekend visit is a two to three day
visit at either the LaGrange or Murphysboro campus. During the
weekend visit, the children will have the opportunity to meet the
Home's staff and residents. The child will acquire first hand
knowledge of the program offered by the Home. Following the weekend visit, staff will
determine if the child will be accepted for placement. Pending
availability, the Case Manager will arrange a move in date for the
Who are Freemasons?
Freemasonry is one of the oldest and largest fraternal
organizations in the world. Its bonds of friendship, compassion, and
brotherly love have survived throughout centuries. In Illinois, any man
age 18 or older may join. The only requirements for membership are:
a belief in a Supreme Being, be of good moral character and be recommended by a
the fraternity. Masons represent a variety of
occupations and professions and have different religious and political
beliefs. Masonry teaches that every individual, through self improvement
and helping others, has an obligation to make a difference for good in the
world. Masonic charities are the means of making this difference.
Two examples of Masonic charities are their support of scholarships and public service
activities, such as blood drives. One of the most recognized of
these charities are the Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Illinois Masons support the Illinois Masonic Children's Homes as one
of their charitable contributions to society.