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Evaluation/Counseling Services


MERIT, the Medical Evaluation Response Initiative Team formed in May 2008 as a collaboration of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and the Carrie Lynn Children’s Center. MERIT works to identify child abuse. In addition to providing medical evaluations and treatment, the team also works as a community resource for prevention, research and education. M-F 8:30am-5pm.

  • 2300 North Rockton Avenue
    Rockford, Illinois 61103
  • Phone: 815-971-2726,
    After hours: 815-971-5000
  • Fax: 815.971.9813

View MERIT website

Carrie Lynn Children’s Center

Clients must be referred by law enforcement or DCFS. Coordinates law enforcement&DCFS investigations of child abuse. Provides response to child sexual abuse and serious physical abuse allegations. The center coordinates and tracks investigations, medical treatment, crisis intervention counseling, counseling referrals, prosecution and training in order to protect the best interests of the child victims and their families. The crisis counselor offers five free sessions only to victims who have been interviewed and assists the families in arranging long-term counseling services.

  • 826 N. Main St.
    Rockford, IL 61103
  • Phone: (815)319-4150
  • Fax: (815)319-4151

Family Counseling Services

Licensed therapists and social workers provide individual counseling, couples, group, and family counseling to children and adults starting at age 4. Counseling Services: Parent-child conflicts, truancy, behavior problems, academic issues, social isolation; re-marriage&’blended’ families’ difficulties; also grief, depression,&anxiety. Accepts most insurance, provide sliding fee scale to Medicaid patients (Medicaid does not cover services). M 8:30’5:00; T&W 8:30’9:00; Th: 8:30’8:30; F: 8:30’1:00

  • 210 North Longwood Street
    Rockford, IL 61107
  • Phone: 815-962-5585

Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling (RSAC)

Provides comprehensive services for survivors of sexual assault and abuse from ages three to adult, as well as their families. Services include 24-hour crisis intervention and hotline, medical and legal advocacy, counseling, prevention education, and professional training. Serves Winnebago, Boone, and Ogle County residents. Regular office hours M-F 8:30-4:30, evenings by appointment.

  • Winnebago County:
  • 4990 E State St.
    Rockford, IL 61103
  • Phone: (815)636-9811
  • Boone County:
  • 860 Biester Dr., Suite 101
    Belvidere, IL 61008
  • Phone: (815)544-6821
  • 24 hour line: (815) 636-9811 or
    Toll-free: (800) 564-8441

Rosecrance Berry Campus

Provides outpatient counseling and psychiatry services, including group counseling, family therapy, individual counseling. Ages 4-17 years old. Psychiatrists, counselors, case workers, and social workers on staff. Accepts Medicaid and some private insurance. Fees depend on type of insurance. M,F 8am-6pm, T-Th 8am-8pm.

  • 8616 Northern Avenue
    Rockford, IL 61107
  • Phone: 815-332-8003

View Rosecrance Berry Campus website

Youth Services Network, Inc

Serves youth ages 0-21. YSN addresses mental health and trauma issues by providing counseling, intensive case management, mentoring, tutoring, transportation, and recreation in order to reduce the impact of abuse and life stressors on children and families. YSN also promotes cooperation among social service agencies by providing wrap-around services to children in Winnebago and Boone counties. 24-hour on-call system for emergencies, such as youth who have run away from home, youth who are locked out by their parents, or youth who are homeless. Physical abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence, truancy, and neglect are the areas of specialty. Licensed social workers, licensed counselors, and licensed marriage&family therapists. No fee to clients. 8am-4:30pm daily, with varied evening hours.

  • 3703 N. Main Street
    Rockford, Illinois 61103
  • Phone: 815-986-1947
  • Crisis line: 815-986-1953
  • Fax 815-986-1954