Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois (LCFS) traces its roots to 1873 when several Lutheran congregations
in northern Illinois identified a need to care for children and established the German Evangelical Orphan Home in
Addison, Illinois. Today, the Lutherbrook campus stands on the site of the original orphan home. The campus
now includes Lutherbrook Child and Adolescent Center (a youth residential treatment facility),
Lutherbrook Academy (a therapeutic day school), and Seegers Center,
which is one of our foster-care service sites.

Service philosophy

LCFS is committed to be a service option of the highest quality for at-risk youth and their families. All of the programs within the Lutherbrook campus subscribe to youth-guided, family-directed and evidence-based approaches to providing services that integrate family and community involvement into a comprehensive team-treatment process. The youth, family members and significant others are important participants in a planning and treatment approach designed to assist the youth in normal development, in removing barriers to successful community placement and in reaching individual goals. The information below further defines the service philosophy embraced by all the programs on the Lutherbrook campus.


LCFS uses the lens of trauma-informed care in our approach to the work we do with youth and families. We strive to integrate an understanding of the impact and consequences of trauma into all clinical interventions we provide as well as in all aspects of organizational functioning.

We understand that even out-of-home placement reflects loss of control over one’s world and is therefore traumatic. All staff members are trained to understand the short- and long-term impacts of trauma.

LCFS always strive to respond to youth and family members with empathy, sensitivity and respect. All programs on the Lutherbrook campus are designed to be collaborative and supportive of the development of strengths and skills that will enhance relationships and community functioning.

The Lutherbrook campus subscribes to a collaborative problem-solving approach to our work with youth and families. We believe this approach helps to develop the skills necessary for future success. An important part of our collaborative problem-solving approach is our commitment to a values-based system; by incorporating values into everything we do, we are engaging youth and families in a language that is transferable to family and community living.

All the programs integrate the following values into daily living and all aspects of organizational function, employing their language extensively. In addition, these values are affirmed by placement on bulletin boards and signs and are integrated into our school’s curriculum, encouraging ongoing attention to their daily use. As we work with youth and families, all of our expectations and decisions are guided by our philosophy and these key values.

All staff, youth and families have agreed that the following values are very important in our world and are to be taught and modeled:

  • Safety: We all work together to maintain a safe environment.
  • Diversity: We celebrate our diversity and respect how we are different from one another.
  • Community: We support one another’s efforts to meet our goals.
  • Learning: We’re committed to constantly growing and learning.
  • Respect: Everyone is to treat one another, themselves and property with respect.
  • Non-violence: We all agree to resolve conflicts constructively and without violence.
  • Collaboration: We partner with others to find solutions to problems.
  • Caring: All of our relationships are important. We care about ourselves and one another.
  • Resilience: Even when things are most difficult, we support one another to maintain a sense of hope. We practice forgiveness and work to let go of harmful feelings.
  • Responsibility: We take responsibility for our own actions and try to make things right when our actions do harm to others.
  • Service: We do things to help others and our community.
  • Trust: We work to develop trust in one another and identify barriers to trust.

LCFS endorses the Building Bridges joint resolution, in which we have committed to strive to advance partnerships among residential and community-based service providers, youth and families to improve lives.

The Building Bridges philosophy emphasizes that quality care must be urgently collaborative, have a holistic approach and always try to be:

  • Youth-guided
  • Family-driven
  • Community-based
  • Culturally and spiritually competent
  • Continually improving
  • Evidence-based
  • An integral part of a healthy system of care

LCFS subscribes to a youth-guided care system. Youth-guided means that young people have the right to be empowered, educated and given a decision-making role in their care as well as the policies and procedures governing care in their organizations and/or communities. This system includes listening to the voices of the young people in our care with a focus on creating a safe environment and enabling those young people to gain self-sustainability in accordance with their cultures and beliefs.

Executive Director of Lutherbrook Child & Adolescent Center
Pamela Slane PhD, LCPC, BC-DMT, GL-CMA, A-AT

Director of Residential Service
Louis Zaino, LCSW

Principal of Lutherbrook Academy
Hans Schuller Ed. D.

Foster Care Program Supervisor
Tynisha Lindsey

Nicole Terrell-Bedell

Lutherbrook Child and Adolescent Center

343 W. Lake Street
Addison, IL 60101
Phone: 630-543-6900
Fax: 630-543-7910

Lutherbrook Academy

329 W. Lake Street
Addison, IL 60101
Phone: 630-628-1467
Fax: 630-628-5340

Seegers Center – Foster Care Program

333 W. Lake Street
Addison, IL 60101
Phone: 630-543-5170
Fax: 630-543-5176