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Adult Protective Services


Adult Protective Services restores the dignity and safety of adults with disabilities ages 18 to 59, and people over the age of 60 who find themselves victims of abuse, neglect, self-neglect, or financial exploitation and may have few resources to change their situation and protect themselves.


Abuse takes many forms, and in most cases victims are subjected to more than one type of abuse, neglect, or exploitation. In 2022, the State of Illinois reported 19,937 cases of abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. The majority of reports were for Financial Exploitation (6,686); followed by Self Neglect (6,088); Emotional Abuse (4,603); Passive Neglect (3,757); Physical Abuse (2,939); Confinement (1,381); Willful Deprivation (2,368), as well as Confinement, Sexual Abuse, and Abandonment. Most abusers are family members: 79% were either a spouse, adult child or other relative. 


We provide Adult Protective Services to residents of the 14 communities that make up Maine, New Trier and Northfield townships in the northern suburbs of Chicago. We investigate around 300 cases annually, with financial exploitation being the most frequent reported type of adult abuse. All Adult Protective Services are confidential and free of charge.

For more information about protective services for older adults and adults with disabilities, call North Shore Senior Center at 847.784.6000, email us at aps@nssc.org, or call the State of Illinois Adult Protective Services Hotline at 866.800.1409. All reports are handled with strict confidentiality.