Our Story

The work of Children's Research Triangle (CRT) began in 1976, when a group of volunteers came together to serve families and children who faced an array of challenges. In 1998, CRT was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization as we continued to expand our services.

CRT’s mission is to promote healthy family systems through programs designed to address the specific needs and abilities of the children and families we serve. Through comprehensive assessments, as well as individual, family, and group therapy, we design and provide interventions that make a difference in the life of a child.

We offer services in a friendly, personalized, family-centered atmosphere in downtown Chicago. Our clinicians also work throughout the community with our partners, including schools and social service agencies. We help children who have a variety of challenges including Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, developmental delays, school difficulties, behavioral concerns, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, prenatal drug exposure, and a history of childhood stress, trauma and maltreatment. With the support and generosity of our donors and partners, CRT is committed to providing needed services regardless of a family's ability to pay.

Our work with children and families has many facets. Our Clinical Team offers Evaluation and Treatment for a variety of developmental, emotional, behavioral and educational concerns. We assist parents in the process of making decisions regarding adoption, and host support groups to bring people together to share successes and challenges. Camp SOAR (Special Outdoor Adaptive Recreation) offers children with special needs the opportunity to create a lifetime of memories at our overnight camp. CRT also provides Training on an array of topics in order to share our expertise among parents and professionals. Our Research Team allows us to expand evidence-based treatment and ensure that our work is driven by the most up-to-date information. As a result, our clinical programs are recognized as national models for successful interventions.