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    Frequently Asked Questions

    General Information

    How do I get my Lawrence Hall school transcript?

    To receive your Lawrence Hall transcript, fill out our transcript request form here, and a school official will process your request and reach out to you if they have any questions or concerns.

    How do I enroll in continuing education trainings at Lawrence Hall?

    Contact Debbie at dpodmore@lawrencehall.org for registration information and the required documents you need to get CEU credits recognized by your organization.

    Can I rent Lawrence Hall facilities for personal use?

    Due to DCFS regulations, we are unable to rent any of our facilities to the public.

    When was Lawrence Hall founded? Is it a religious organization?

    Lawrence Hall was founded in 1865 to take care of the thousands of orphaned children of the Civil War.

    Like many non-profits that have existed for over one hundred years, our origin was through church activities to address the social needs of the time. Our history was partially linked with the Episcopal Church. Through our organizational evolution, we became a non-religious organization that encourages our youth to pursue any belief system of their choosing. We do receive support from a myriad of faith-based organizations through donations and volunteerism.

    Read more about our history here.

    Get Involved

    What are the ways I can get involved with Lawrence Hall?

    • Mentor one of our youth
    • Join one of our social boards to plan fun youth outings and events
    • Become a Garden Angel and help maintain our North Campus Healing Garden through weeding and seasonal planting
    • Host a cultivation event. Contact Moira at mtuffy@lawrencehall.org for more information and invitation materials
    • Become a Foster Parent
    • Plan a group volunteer day at Lawrence Hall though your employer or organization

    For all the ways you can get involved at Lawrence Hall, visit our Get Involved page.

    I’m interested in becoming a Foster Parent but want to learn more before I commit. What do I do?

    Check out our “How do I become a Foster Parent” section, or download our Foster Parent Process Checklist to view the timeline and process. Have more specific questions? Contact Danielle at dguzick@lawrencehall.org.

    If I want to volunteer for a one-time event with Lawrence Hall youth, do I need to get fingerprinted and a background check?

    DCFS clearance is needed only for certain cases, so each event is taken on a case-by-case basis. Contact Laryssa at lsykes@lawrencehall.org if you have questions about a specific event.

    I’ve been previously fingerprinted for my job or a volunteer position. Can I use that clearance to volunteer with Lawrence Hall?

    No. We are contracted through a specific background check company per DCFS requirements and must go through them for documentation purposes.

    Program Enrollment

    Can I enroll myself/my children in the Therapeutic Day School?

    No. Our Therapeutic Day School is by referral only through Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Only children and youth who are in CPS can be referred by their current school administrators.

    I need housing. Can I be housed in the TLP/ILP sites?

    At this time, only youth who receive services through the Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) can be housed in our transitional and independent living sites. If you are not involved with DCFS and are in an urgent housing situation, contact XXXX for more information.

    Can I enroll myself/my children in Lawrence Hall’s creative therapies, such as music or canine therapy?

    Most of our therapies are linked with referral-only DCFS programs and therefore cannot be offered to the public.


    What items can I donate? Do you accept slightly used items?

    We are currently only excepting new or individually wrapped items due to COVID-19 protocols.

    What donated items are in the most demand?

    We are always in need of hygiene products—deodorant, dental hygiene, hand sanitizer, masks, soap, lotion—for our independent older adolescents and community programs. You can find other items we need from our AmazonSmile list.