THE CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION

403 South State Street
Bloomington, IL 61701
TEL: (309) 827-0374
FAX: (309) 828-0745
 SERVICES
Early Childhood Care and Education
Scott Early Learning Center serves children 6 weeks to 5 years old from families of all income levels. It utilizes hands-on experiences to further cognitive, social, and emotional development.

Early Start is an Illinois Board of Education funded out-reach program that works with at-risk children ages 0-3 to help them develop problem solving, self-regulation, communication and critical thinking skills in preparation for the transition to kindergarten.

Foster Care
Foster Care programs are designed to find safe, secure and nurturing homes for children who have been separated from their biological families.

Relative Foster Care serves children who are placed in foster care with maternal or paternal relatives.

Specialized Foster Care Supports physically, behaviorally, and emotionally challenged children and the foster families caring for them.

Traditional Foster Care serves children who are placed in non-relative, licensed foster homes.

Intact Family Services
Extended Family Support provides services to relatives caring for children whose parents are unable to care for them. The program offers services to support kinship care and avoid disruption of the family placement.

Family Solutions works with families who have an indicated report of abuse or neglect and are at risk for having their children removed from the home. Through timely intervention, children are kept safe.

Family Visitation Center provides families suffering from domestic violence or high conflict divorces a safe, family-centered area for parents to exchange or visit with their children without hostility or confrontation. The Center assists approximately 80 families each year.

Parent Support
The Butterfly Project provides children and families who have experienced domestic violence, family violence and community violence with a comprehensive continuum of care. The program addresses the issue of children’s exposure to violence by providing community education, training and direct services to children, ages 0-5, who have been exposed to violence.

The Children’s Room is a short-term waiting room at the McLean County Law and Justice Center where parents and guardians can bring their children while they are involved in court-related matters. The Children’s Room minimizes children’s exposure to the trauma of court testimony. It also frees the court system of the noise and disruption associated with children in the courtroom.

Crisis Nursery provides a safe haven for children at risk for abuse or neglect. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist stressed and in-need families facing unexpected crisis.
Early Start is a community-based program designed to help low-income families with infants better raise their children by educating parents on child development, positive discipline techniques and parenting skills.

Healthy Start is a voluntary home visiting program providing parent support and education to at-risk parents until their child reaches the age of five. Parents learn about positive play, child development, nutrition, wellness, and community resources.

Doula Program provides prenatal information and emotional support, labor coaching, and breastfeeding support and assistance in the early days after childbirth.

Parents Care + Share is based on the principles of mutual self-help, peer support, caring, and nonviolence. Support groups are available targeting a variety of special interests such as teen parents, grandparents parenting grandchildren and single parents. Children’s programs are also offered along with each of the parents programs.

Residential Services
The Independent Living program works with youth who are in the foster care and juvenile justice systems, to make a successful transition to responsible, independent adult life.

Youth Services
Educational Advocacy provides educational support for children at risk of academic failure, truancy, and suspension.

AREA SERVED

Livingston, McLean and DeWitt counties and central Illinois.

REFERRAL PROCESS

DCFS, Juvenile Court Services and others make referrals.

FUNDING

Funding comes from contributions, school districts, and other referring agencies. Fees for services are paid by DCFS.

STAFF / TITLE

Lisa Pieper Regional Vice-President

Harry Johnson Development Manager

Angela Devore Supervisor Foster Care

Teresa Kelly Director Family Support Services

Lesley Schwartz Supervisor Family Services

Mendy Smith Supervisor of Prevention Services

Aly Becker Regional Coordinator of Parents Care + Share