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Welcome to Indian Oaks Academy

Treating Hard-to-Place Kids

Indian Oaks Academy in Manteno, IL, offers hard-to-place boys and girls a safe environment to address their harmful sexual behaviors, behavioral and emotional problems. Programming is built around a rich treatment culture that uses symbolism to connect with troubled children and adolescents and encourages lifelong learning. Progress is tracked through stages and may continue after treatment in a follow-up care program.

We integrate values, beliefs, norms, and ideals in all our programs, and we offer nondenominational services, chaplain visits, and religious service celebrations as requested by parents or residents.

Indian Oaks Academy is located in a peaceful, rural setting about 50 miles south of Chicago, where students live, eat, exercise, and go to school. They build relationships with counselors, teachers, and other students, and they attend individual, group, and family therapy to face their unique challenges.


  • A serene, rural location, just 50 miles south of Chicago, that offers a peaceful setting for treatment
  • A 42-bed residential unit for boys, divided into smaller programs
  • A 42-bed residential unit for girls, divided into smaller programs
  • A 16-bed residential unit for developmentally disabled boys with harmful sexual behaviors
  • A 12-bed residential unit for developmentally disabled girls with severe emotional or behavioral issues
  • A licensed, on-site, year-round school


  • Accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services (COA)
  • Medicaid certified
  • Licensed as a Child Care Institution by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)
  • Safe Harbor School is accredited by the North Central Association on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA-CASI)


  • Nationally recognized treatment for hard-to-place boys and girls with harmful sexual behaviors or developmental disability with severe emotional and behavioral problems that focuses on
    • Sexuality
    • Family Relationships
    • Patterns of Abusive Behavior
    • Empathy
    • Cognitive Distortions
    • Reactive Attachment Disorder
    • Trauma-Based Mental Health Issues
  • Individualized programming
  • Programming for developmentally disabled girls/boys
  • Residential programs that range from 9 to 18 months
  • Hospital-based, acute-care programs that range from 2-4 weeks


  • Ongoing support
  • Referrals to other treatment providers through our continuum of care
Executive Director Director Bio


Indian Oaks Academy

101 Bramble

Manteno, IL 60950

Phone: 815-802-3700

Fax: 815-468-2320

Mike Chavers, Executive Director


  • Jeff Hansen, Corporate Admissions Manager
    Phone: 612-619-2319
    Fax: 763-331-8219
  • Karen Zucker, Indian Oaks Admissions Supervisor
    Phone: 815-802-3708
    Fax: 815-468-2310
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