Breaking Free has been accredited by CARF International for its Intensive Outpatient Adolescent and Adult Integrated treatment programs,
Outpatient Adolescent and Adult Integrated treatment programs, Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention programs, and Family Based child
abuse prevention programs.
CARF International establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs
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At Breaking Free we provide hope and help to
people each day. Every single
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difference in a child's future, an adolescent's path,
and an adult's choices.
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be turned away
because of economic circumstances.
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For 40 years Breaking Free's passionate and proven approach
has been strengthening the lives of 15,000 people annually.
staff uses nationally recognized prevention and
educational programs to build the life skills people need to thrive and
decisions for themselves and their families.
Examples of our impact in the past year:
• DREAM After-School Program in West Chicago
reached 255 youth
• Nurturing Parenting Curriculum reached 751 adults and children
• Counseling Services helped 881 clients
with substance abuse disorders and mental health concerns
• Community Comprehensive Prevention Programs working with schools and
community coalitions reached over 13,981 people!
How We Make A Difference
Breaking Free is committed to one goal: helping individuals and families live in a community where everyone reaches their full potential.
Free cannot accomplish its goal alone. Based in Aurora, IL, we collaborate with schools, law enforcement agencies, local coalitions
and other human service organizations to help strengthen communities in the five-county area we serve.
Breaking Free was founded in
1975 by a community coalition and incorporated in Illinois in 1977 as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.
According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in 2015 there were an estimated 683,000 children in
the U.S. who were victims of child abuse or neglect; and 1,670 children died as a result of abuse or neglect.
Most cases of child abuse
or neglect come from situations and conditions that can be prevented when community programs and systems are engaged and supportive.
Free is one of many good community services that can help abused children and their families get the help that they need to heal.
We provide the highest quality education,
prevention and counseling services
focused on drug and alcohol abuse,
child abuse, family relationships,
health and wellness.