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Abuse and Trauma - Children and Adolescents This website is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse. Their mission statement is to meet the physical, emotional, educational and spiritual needs of abused, neglected, and at-risk children. Childhelp says they focus their efforts on advocacy, prevention, and treatment and community outreach. (Darkness to Light) This is an organization devoted to preventing, recognizing, and reacting responsibly to child sexual abuse. (National Institute of Trauma and Loss in Children) This organization aims to provide direct services to traumatized children and families as well as training and education to school professionals, crisis intervention teams, medical and mental health professionals, child care professionals and clinicians. (Prevent Abuse Now) This has resources for people trying to prevent the abuse of children. (Chicago Child Advocate Center) The Chicago CAC provides legal, therapeutic, and medical resources for children and adolescents who are making allegations of sexual abuse in Chicago. (National Children's Advocacy Center) This website provides information about how to contact your local Child Advocacy Center. (Prevent Child Abuse Illinois) This organization is devoted to preventing child abuse in Illinois. (Sex Offender Registration Information) This website gives information about where convicted sexual offenders live so that you can promote safety in your local community. (Stop It Now!) Stop It Now! prevents the sexual abuse of children by mobilizing adults, families and communities to take actions that protect children before they are harmed.

Abuse and Trauma - Adults This is an ocean of resources with a great variety of information about trauma and about the many types of trauma. It also has information about child and adolescent trauma issues. Please go to the "Support" section of this website for a large list of other trauma websites and information. (Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence) This organization is devoted to combating domestic violence in Illinois. It has links to local domestic violence resources. (Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault) This organization is devoted to combating sexual assault in Illinois. It has links to local sexual assault resources. (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network) This website gives information about how to prevent abuse and treat victims. This website is designed for veterans who have Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. (The Wounded Healer Journal) This is a website with support and resources for adults who have experienced trauma and abuse. (Mosaic Minds) This is a self-help website for people who have Dissociative Identity Disorder. (International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation) This is an international, non-profit, professional association organized to develop and promote comprehensive, clinically effective and empirically based resources and responses to trauma and dissociation.

ADHD and Learning Disorders (The Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders) This organization works to advance the identification, prevention, and treatment of developmental and learning disorders. This website discusses how to live well with ADHD and LD. This website states that it is for parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys for reliable, accurate information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities. You can search advocacy libraries and law libraries at this website, as well as find thousands of cases, articles, and resources about many topics. (The Search Institute) This website has information designed to help all children learn and thrive. There is information in English and Spanish. (The Attention Deficit Disorder Association) This organization is devoted to providing resources for adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. (Attention Deficit Disorder Resources) ADD resources is a membership-based, nonprofit organization that serves both adults and children with ADD/ADHD. This is the official website of Dr. Russell A. Barkley, an expert on adult, child, and adolescent ADHD. (Learning Disabilities Online) This website gives information on ADHD and Learning Disorders. (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) This website has information for the public and professionals about ADHD. Attention Deficit Disorder Resources - Videos, podcasts, webinars, screening tests, and articles National Resource Center on ADHD Division for Learning Disabilities - Information & Resources for Teaching Students with LD Learning Disability Association of America (LDA)

Anxiety (Anxiety Panic Attacks Resource Site) This website has a range of information for people struggling with anxiety and panic attacks, including coping skills, therapeutic approaches, and research.

Art and Play Therapy (Planet Sark) This website has resources for children and adolescents to develop creativity for mental health purposes.  (Association for Play Therapy) This is an association for professionals practicing play therapy. The website has links about how to locate a play therapist.

Attachment Disorders This website offers information on adoption / attachment and bonding issues, and Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) as a not-for-profit service to families and professionals. This website has excellent information on Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD).

Bipolar Disorder (Children and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation) This foundation has a number of resources for parents who have bipolar children and adolescents. This website has basic information on understanding and treating bipolar disorder. This website has resources for people with bipolar disorder and their loved ones, including discussion forums, legal advocacy, medications, and research.

Children and Adolescents, General Resources This is a website for teenagers with information on abuse, depression, alcohol abuse, and pregnancy. There is also some information for parents of teens on the website.

Chronic Mental Illinois (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots organization for people with mental illness and their families. They have support groups for families and practice political activism.

Depression This website has basic information on understanding and treating depression.

Disabilities (Family Resource Center on Disabilities) This organization advocates for children and teenagers with disabilities by working with parents and community groups.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse (Alcoholic Anonymous) Alcoholics Anonymous is an informal meeting society for recovering and recovered alcoholics. (Al-anon and Alateen) These two organizations have grassroots support for family members of people who abuse drugs and/or alcohol. The website has information on English, Spanish, and French. (National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information) This is the government's website on drug and alcohol abuse. (National Institute on Drug Abuse) This has information on drug abuse for students, teachers, parents, mental health professionals and researchers.

Eating Disorders (National Eating Disorders Association) This organization is dedicated to providing education, resources and support to those affected by eating disorders. (Renfrew Center) Renfrew Center is a residential center for eating disorders for adolescent and adult women.

Grief and Loss This is an internet community designed to support adults, children, and adolescents experiencing grief and loss. There are email lists and online discussion groups for people of all ages connected to this website.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) (Howard Brown Health Center) The organization is a LGBT healthcare organization in Chicago providing a variety of services to adults and adolescents, including psychotherapy, support groups, domestic violence resources, and HIV/STD prevention. Their website has links to resources and support groups in Chicagoland. This is a LGBT community center in Chicago providing a wide range of services for adults and youth, including psychotherapy, support groups, legal services, and HIV/STD prevention.

Mental Health, General (National Mental Health Association) This website has information about mental health issues. This website is the Federal Government source for women's health information on a range of female health issues and topics. (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) An agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that provides information about the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. (Internet Mental Health) This has general mental health information for the public.

Parenting Resources This website has information on parenting for children and adolescents. (Parenting Press) The parenting press produces a wide range of written material on parenting, including free handouts and brochures. (The Incredible Years) This is a parenting program for reducing aggression and behavior problems and increasing social competence at home and at school. This website has information about a parenting program designed to helped children and teenagers be more cooperative, confident, motivated, self-reliant and considerate. (Parenting Teens) This website has resources for parents of teenagers including information, discussion forums, and information about support groups.

Suicide (Suicide Prevention Action Network USA) This organization aims to prevent suicide through public education and awareness, community action and federal, state and local grassroots advocacy.

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