H E R I T A G E
Chaddock, a Golden Cross Ministry of the Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, has served as a voice for children since 1853. This nationally accredited, not-for-profit child-serving agency has historically met the most challenging and critical issues affecting at-risk families.
Founded as a German and English College by the Methodist Episcopal Church, the organization was named Chaddock College in honor of a major benefactor, Charles Chaddock.
In 1900, Reverend William T. Beadles, a Methodist minister and presiding elder, led the ministry in a new direction, changing the campus into an orphanage named Chaddock Boys School. As the needs of young people changed, Chaddock Boys School modified its role to serve as a boarding school with a military curriculum.
In the 1960s, the organization began on our current journey of service and caring, as Chaddock Boys School became a home for dependent neglected boys. Continuing to respond to the changing needs of young people, residential services for girls were added to the program in 1982 and the organization became simply Chaddock.
Today, Chaddock has become a progressive, co-educational child-serving organization that addresses a full range of the most challenging and life threatening issues affecting children, including those with severe emotional, behavioral and trauma-based problems. In addition to preventative, educational, and residential treatment services, our continuum of care includes foster care, adoptions and an on-campus accredited, special education school.
The Chaddock team serves thousands of children and families every year. Because of a strong national reputation for excellence, children have been placed in Chaddock’s residential treatment facility from 33 different states, Washington D.C, and one tribal nation. Children and families from Florida to Alaska have arrived on Chaddock's campus where they find hope and seek healing.
Chaddock is more than a skilled group of people with an impressive track record of results; throughout our history, the real foundation of Chaddock is our strong sense of mission and passion for what we do every day. At Chaddock, we are not resting on the accomplishments of our past and “Every Child Deserves a Chance,” is more than just a tagline. We are determined to make a vital difference in the lives of children and their families both now and in the future.