Family & Community Services
TO EFFECTIVELY TREAT A CHILD, we must work with parents to create a homelife conducive to transformation and growth. The Baby Fold offers a variety of these Family and Community services to help make families whole and healthy.
Family and Community Services provides prevention-focused programs and services for families with children that may be at risk for abuse or neglect. Community-based and home-based support and services are available. These programs are funded through a variety of sources, including the United Way of McLean County, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, and the Illinois Department of Human Services.
All of the Family Support Services are provided free of charge to families that voluntarily desire the services to strengthen their families. Services provided include counseling, case management, referral to other services, advocacy, mentoring, support, service coordination and respite.
Prevention and early intervention are the focus of Family Support Services. The best approach to prevent unnecessary out-of-home placements of children is to work with at-risk families before they are in crisis.
Adoption/Subsidized Guardianship Preservation is a program available to any family with a child under 18 years of age who is presenting a special challenge and joined the family through adoption or subsidized guardianship.
Healthy Start is a home visiting program for new parents, providing education and encouragement in their parental role as their child’s first and most important teacher.
Project Choices provides counseling and case management services to teenagers who are under the guardianship of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and are new or expectant parents.
Family Solutions is a full casework responsibility program designed to assure the safety and well-being of children in McLean County by assisting families to meet minimum parenting standards through the professional assessment of the families' problems, the provision of necessary services, and the arrangement and monitoring of timely and appropriate safety plans when necessary. Services included in the Family Solutions program are casework, support, counseling, education, advocacy and mentoring.