Maryville’s Casa Esperanza and San Francisco Programs provide temporary shelter care and family reunification services for immigrant children primarily from Central America. It is a federal program of the Office of Refugee Resettlement.
The majority of children are between the ages of 13 and 17 and have arrived at the border unaccompanied by an adult. The children are at residential facilities throughout northeastern Illinois.
A trauma-informed approach to therapeutic care and counseling is provided. Services also include: bilingual education by certified teachers, medical care, dental care, access to legal services, access to worship of a child’s choice, recreation.