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The Baby Fold Receives Certification for Quality of Services from Multiple State and National Agencies
December 4th, 2012

NORMAL, IL – The Baby Fold has completed an extensive and successful accreditation process involving four key state and national accrediting organizations.   The Council on Accreditation (COA), EAGLE (through the United Methodist Association), Healthy Families America (Healthy Start), AdvancEd, (Hammitt Schools) and Hague (International Adoption) have reviewed and qualified the services provided by The Baby Fold after several site visits and careful review of records over the  past several months.

In addition to receiving full re-accreditation from each agency, The Baby Fold and was honored by EAGLE with Accreditation with Commendation and was selected for an award for having best practices in their quality improvement program.  The Baby Fold will receive the National Best Practice award at the United Methodist Association’s Annual meeting in March 2013.

“The Baby Fold has strong reputation for providing exceptional care and services to children and families in need across Central Illinois. These accreditations demonstrate The Baby Fold’s high quality standards are being maintained and continually improved,”  Dale Strassheim, Baby Fold President and CEO said.

Hiring: Technology Support Specialist, full-time
November 30th, 2012

BASIC FUNCTION: The Technology Support Specialist provides end-user support and troubleshooting for office personnel and is responsible for the day-to-day maintenance of the local area network hardware, Microsoft Server, email, and firewall administration.  Also assists the Information Systems Manager with the implementation of new technologies, coordinating field installations and upgrade initiatives, and facilitating field activities such as software upgrades, new hardware rollouts, and field training.

 WORK HOURS:   Full-time, exempt 

OFFICE LOCATION:  108 E. Willow Street, Normal, IL 61761; Also provides technology assistance at two other Baby Fold locations in Normal, IL, and one in Springfield, IL 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • PC/Network Administration: Assists in the purchasing and support of all components of the agency network. Responsible for maintenance and security of the local area network (LAN) including setting and maintaining security, virus protection and back up procedures.   Ensures the stable operation of the work stations, servers, network software systems and network connectivity, including day to day maintenance of network backups and hardware maintenance. Configures, maintains and upgrades workstations, copiers, printers, agency PDA devices and laptop computers.  Works with IS Manager in designing technical systems and architecture.  Serves as back-up to the Information Systems Manager for on-call support.  
  • Technical Support: Installs and configures agency software.  Performs hardware and software upgrades to existing equipment as needed.  Responds to end-user needs and concerns relating to computer business applications and general systems issues in timely fashion. Provides support for all agency hardware, including Hewlett-Packard, Dell, HP Blade Servers, monitors, and printers. Provides support for network software, including Microsoft Office, Windows, and Windows Server.  Responds to Helpdesk requests and calls related to computer applications and general systems issues. Diagnoses and resolves technical problems, problem escalation and solution tracking. Assists with moves, adds, and changes of technology equipment. Coordinates the activities of outside service technicians as necessary. Educates employees regarding proper computer use.
  • Software Assistance: Maintains vehicle reservation calendar. Assists with maintaining and organizing SharePoint sites. Actively contributes ideas and supports the team in the implementation of business process improvements and solutions. Assists with phone support to users for Microsoft Office Products. Assists in determining agency software purchases based on need, feasibility and cost effectiveness. Assists with the purchase, tracking, and compliance of application software licenses, agency-wide. Contacts software and database vendors as needed for technical support and updates.  Provides vendors with the information necessary to assist and support the end-users.
  • Documentation Functions: Assists with updating and maintaining technology policy and procedure manual. Assists with updating technology training documents. Assists with updating and maintaining agency policy and procedures. Maintains tracking system for software and hardware purchases. Maintains inventory for hardware, software, and supplies. Performs data entry and completes reports. Assists in developing and running system reports at required intervals.
  • Telecommunication: Provides support for Cisco Call Manager, Cisco ATA device, Cisco IP Phone, Unity voice mail system. Provides support cellular phones, fax machines, and pagers. Resolves basic maintenance and support issues.
  • Purchasing: Assists with acquiring quotes from vendors and making purchases. Assists with researching and evaluating software and hardware purchases to meet agency needs. Responds to departmental hardware and software needs via the Help Desk as assigned.
  • Quality Improvement: Contributes to quality improvement through active participation in Quality Improvement activities.

 MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems or equivalent experience.
  • A minimum of three years of relevant technical experience, including Microsoft Windows Server experience.
  • Demonstrated skills in Microsoft Office applications.
  • Proficiency with basic PC hardware and the software applications used by The Baby Fold.
  • Understanding of Internet, Intranet, Extranet and client/server architectures.
  • Ability to work cooperatively as a team member with other agency staff.
  • Ability to organize efficiently, handle multiple project responsibilities simultaneously, prioritize work, work independently, and resolve technical emergencies as they may occur.
  • Valid driver’s license and use of a personal vehicle with adequate insurance in order travel between The Baby Fold’s offices.
  • Must pass drug screen and necessary background checks.
  • Demonstrated competence in serving a culturally diverse population.  Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a diverse workforce.
  • Mission-oriented and able to apply The Baby Fold’s beliefs and standards to the performance of job duties.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear.  The employee is occasionally required to sit.  The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, kneel, crouch, crawl, bend, stretch, and twist; use hands to type, write, or handle objects; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, or crouch.  The employee must sometimes lift and/or move computers, electronics and/or related equipment up to 80 pounds. Must have the physical ability to enter work-related environments that are not handicap accessible.

Vision and hearing requirements: Close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus; visually and/or auditorially assess the condition and functionality of computers, phones, fax machines, printers and other and electronic devices and equipment; and communicate effectively with, staff, clients, and others in person, by telephone, and in writing.

Cognitive abilities: Employees must be able to use deductive reasoning to apply general rules to specific problems; demonstrate problem sensitivity to tell when something is wrong or likely to go wrong; demonstrate social perceptiveness by being aware of others’ reactions and why they act as they do; and use self awareness to be aware of one’s feelings and behaviors.

 To apply, print out an application and send to:

Human Resources
The Baby Fold
108 E. Willow St.
Normal, IL 61761
Fax: (309) 452-0115

Applications are also available at this address.

The Baby Fold is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

November 20th, 2012

Bianco Natale

A Baby Fold Christmas

CD Release Christmas Concert

Friday, November 30, 2012 at 7pm

Calvary United Methodist Church
(located at the corner of Raab Road and Towanda Avenue in Normal, IL)

Free Admission

All CD sales and donations benefit The Baby Fold in Normal, IL

www.connectwithcalvary.org/bianconatale

 

 

Baby Fold Healthy Start
June 26th, 2012

A new support program through the Baby Fold Healthy Start aims to stop the cycle of abuse and help young mothers protect themselves and their children. Heart to Heart is a child sexual abuse prevention curriculum created for groups serving adolescent mothers. Enhancing parent-child relationships is a central goal of family support programs and Heart to Heart uses this relationship component as a sexual abuse prevention strategy. The overarching goal of H2H is to strengthen the adolescent parent’s ability to protect her children from sexual abuse. Specific objectives include:
o    Increasing knowledge of child sexual abuse prevalence and risk factors
o    Enhancing positive parenting skills and communication skills
o    Developing awareness of child sexual abuse response and treatment options
o    Increasing knowledge of healthy relationship attributes
o    Empowering teen moms to inform others about child sexual abuse through community outreach
o    Enabling parents to draw on community resources for ongoing support related to sexual abuse.
One of the group goals is for the group together to do a community project focusing on community awareness and education of child abuse prevention.
The group, open to Healthy Start participants will begin in August and run for 12 weeks. For more information, contact Jen Guidebeck 557-1069 or Melissa Felsman 557-1104.

Child Safety Seat Grant
June 26th, 2012

McLean County Deputies F.O.P Lodge 176 Presents
$10,000 Child Safety Grant to The Baby Fold
Funds will provide free car seats to low income families county-wide
NORMAL, IL – The McLean County Deputies, Fraternal Order of Police (F.O.P.) Lodge 176,
presented a first time grant of $10,000 to The Baby Fold to provide infant and toddler car seats to
low income families in McLean County free of charge. In addition to the car seats, assistance
will be available by appointment twice a month to help parents properly install the seats. The
seats are available to all McLean County social service agencies through The Baby Fold.
“It’s the law that every child under the age of eight is secured in a child safety seat but on many
traffic stops, especially in low income neighborhoods, it is not uncommon to find children
without the proper seats or vehicle restraints,” McLean County Deputy Sheriff Glen Wagner
said. “We understand seats can be costly for families that are struggling financially, but the
safety of children should always come first. With this grant, we are hoping every family in
McLean County that needs a child safety seat, will get one.”
According to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA), nearly 250,000 children
are injured every year in car accidents. For children between the ages of two and 14, motor
vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death. The failure to wear a seat belt or use a child
safety seat is a contributing factor in more than half of the cases involving children who die in
car accidents.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), estimates more than 70 percent
vehicle safety restraints are used incorrectly. NHTSA estimates that a properly installed and used
child safety seat lowers a child’s risk of death by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for
toddlers ages one to four.

“This donation by the McLean County F.O.P. Lodge 176 is extremely generous and most
importantly, was created to improve child safety throughout the county,” said Dara Williamson,
Baby Fold Family Support Supervisor. “Many of the families that look to The Baby Fold for
assistance struggle to provide the basic necessities for their kids. This grant will relieve the
expense of a safety seat and help prevent unnecessary vehicle injuries for a number of children.”
Child safety seats can retail from $40 to $100 or more. To maximize the grant dollars and
increase the number of McLean County families that will receive child safety seats, The Baby
Fold has created a partnership with Evenflo to purchase new seats at a discounted rate.
The free child safety seats are available to all low income families in McLean County. Interested
families can inquire through The Baby Fold office at (309) 454-1770 or through any county
agency in which they are currently receiving services. The agency can request the seat(s) on
their behalf. Families must provide proof of eligibility through a medical card, WIC or LINK
card or receipt of subsidized housing.
Families can also have a certified professional assist in proper installation of the seats through
The Baby Fold. Car seat safety checks will be schedule the second and fourth Friday of each
month beginning June 2012.
ABOUT THE BABY FOLD
The Baby Fold was born out of one woman’s desire to care for others. Through the generous donation of her home in
1902, Nancy Mason could not have imagined all the lives she would touch. What began as a faith-based orphanage
for infants and young children has grown into a multi-service agency specializing in the care of today’s most
vulnerable children.
Today, The Baby Fold focuses on improving the lives of children and families by building safe, loving, healthy
environments through adoption services, foster care, residential care, special education and family and community
services. We never give up on a child.

MCD car seat referral form
CONTACT:
Chris Herbert
cherbert@dccmarketing.com
217.421.7580

Foster Care Licensing Internship
February 27th, 2012

Learn about the recruitment, licensing, development and support functions of foster home licensing.  This includes attending recruitment events, developing and distributing newsletters and invitations to special events, assisting staff and foster parents with the foster home licensing process, answering questions of potential foster parents, maintaining files, etc.  These functions may also serve the existing licensed foster parents who may have questions or are preparing for their bi-annual relicensing.  Assist with the development and support for the annual holiday activities for foster parents and foster children, the annual foster parent appreciation event, or annual ice cream social depending on the term.  

OPEN POSITIONS:   Spring 2013

LOCATION: 612 Oglesby, Normal, IL 61761

To apply, print out an application and send to:

Human Resources

The Baby Fold

108 E. Willow St.

Normal, IL 61761

Fax: (309) 451-7289

Applications are also available at this address.

The Baby Fold is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Residential Treatment Center Clinical Services Internship
February 20th, 2012

Essential Functions:

Participate in the treatment of children with severe emotional and behavioral problems; supervise visits between children and their families; help lead treatment groups; participate in individual and family therapy; assist with transitions into and out of the Residential Treatment Center; and learn about case management, treatment services and working with the child welfare system.

OPEN POSITIONS: Fall 2013 – Spring 2014 (2 semester placements strongly preferred)

LOCATION: 612 Oglesby, Normal, IL 61761

To apply, print out an application and send to:

Human Resources

The Baby Fold

108 E. Willow St.

Normal, IL 61761

Fax: (309) 451-7289

Applications are also available at this address.

The Baby Fold is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Development and Public Relations Internship
February 20th, 2012

Essential Functions:

Hands – on experience in development,  friend/fundraising; donor, sponsor and volunteer relations, events planning, and the importance in social networking.  Join our Team as an Intern and leave with real experience on your resume!

OPEN POSITION: Summer 2013; Fall 2013

LOCATION: 108 E. Willow St., Normal, IL 61761

To apply, print out an application and send to:

Human Resources

The Baby Fold

108 E. Willow St.

Normal, IL 61761

Fax: (309) 451-7289

Applications are also available at this address.

The Baby Fold is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Foster Care Internship
February 20th, 2012

 The following is representative of responsibilities and opportunities students may have during the course of a semester.  Depending upon what events are occurring during any given semester, the responsibilities and opportunities may vary to meet the needs of The Baby Fold and its clients. 

  1. Casework
  • Assist Child welfare Specialist with cases, including but not limited to referrals, recordkeeping, and communication.
  • Attend juvenile court to learn about the process.
  • Copy client records for full disclosure and preparation for adoption.
  • Attend Child and Family Team meetings and other casework activities.
  • Attend child welfare trainings, as appropriate. 

       2.   Family Visitation and Support

  • Observe and/or supervise parent/child visits.
  • Assist with parent support group.
  • Mentor/tutor a child. 

      3.    Interaction with Clients

  • Educate and model parenting and life skills.
  • Promote a positive, mutually respectful relationship with assigned clients.
  • Provide a healthy role model for assigned clients.
  • Ensure safety and well being of children through constant supervision.
  • Employ agency approved behavior management techniques with children.
  • Maintain professional boundaries with clients.

     4.    Special Projects, Activities and Events

  • Participate in foster parent recruitment events.
  • Work on foster care projects, such as Life Books or the foster parent newsletter.
  • Provide college campus tours for teens.
  • Lead a cooking class for teens.
  • Plan a special project for foster parents or children.
  • Lead a craft class, game night or recreation night for foster families.
  • Help with foster parents events. 

      5.    Transportation

           Provides transportation for family visits, approved activities, and appointments, as assigned. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: 

  1. Currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in social work or related field. 
  2. At least 21 years old strongly preferred. (Must be at least 21 years old to transport clients and supervise visits.) 
  3. Ability to meet DCFS driver eligibility requirements strongly preferred. 
  4. Demonstrated ability to provide care, supervision, and behavior management for children. 
  5. Knowledge and skills necessary to relate and communicate successfully in a professional capacity to child and adult clients within the program. 
  6. Willingness and ability to work evening and weekend hours as needed to meet the needs of the agency and the families we serve. 
  7. Demonstrated competence in serving a culturally diverse population.   Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a diverse workforce. 
  8. Physical ability to maintain the safety and well being of children for whom there is responsibility. 
  9. Demonstrated skills in Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel.
  10. Must pass drug screen and necessary background checks.
  11. Ability and willingness to travel for job responsibilities, including the ability drive distances to enter the homes of families in the service area and throughout the state of Illinois, a valid driver’s license, and use of a personal vehicle with adequate insurance preferred.
  12. Ability to work cooperatively with staff within The Baby Fold, as well as with necessary collateral contacts.
  13. Mission-oriented and willing to apply The Baby Fold’s mission and values to the performance of job responsibilities. 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to read, write, talk, and hear.  The employee is frequently required to sit.  The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, use hands to type, write, or handle objects, and reach with hands and arms.  The employee must sometimes lift and/or carry small children, records and/or other items up to 50 pounds.  Must have the physical ability to enter homes and other work-related environments that are not handicap accessible. 

Vision and hearing requirements: Close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus; visually and auditorially assess a child’s well-being and provide auditory assessments of the mental and emotional condition of a child; visually assess the safety and condition of home environments; and communicate effectively with, staff, clients, and others in person, by telephone, and in writing. 

Cognitive abilities: Employees must be able to use deductive reasoning to apply general rules to specific problems; demonstrate problem sensitivity to tell when something is wrong or likely to go wrong; demonstrate Social perceptiveness by being aware of others’ reactions and why they act as they do; and use self awareness to be aware of one’s feelings and behaviors.

OPEN POSITIONS:   Spring 2013

LOCATION: 612 Oglesby, Normal, IL 61761

To apply, print out an application and send to:

Human Resources

The Baby Fold

108 E. Willow St.

Normal, IL 61761

Fax: (309) 451-7289

Applications are also available at this address.

The Baby Fold is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Love and Logic for Parents Class
October 21st, 2011

Love and Logic for Parents

Saturday December 10, 2011 |  9:30 am to 12:30 pm

 Love and Logic is a discipline model for raising responsible and respectful children while increasing the joy in your house.  You will learn techniques to; eliminate power struggles with your children, follow through on consequences in a way that gives children a chance to learn from their own mistakes instead of focusing on the parent’s anger, teach your children the life long skill of problem solving, and a method for turning parent’s words into gold!  In a society filled with new challenges every day, Love and Logic is a way to increase every family member’s belief in their own abilities and a chance to bring more fun into our homes.

 Cost: $10 per person or $15 per couple.  You may pay at the door.  No credit or debit cards.  Scholarships are available for families in need.  Request a scholarship when you call. 

Reservations:  Please call Julie at 451-7218 for your reservation.

Training Site:  The Baby Fold Training Center, 612 Oglesby Ave., Normal  

Presented by Kris Baber and Kathy Case

Kris Baber has worked at Hammitt School for the past 14 years.  Before this she worked in the public school system for several years and at another high school for children with severe behavior problems.  She is a Love and Logic trainer and works directly with our families to teach them how to parent the Love and Logic way.  Kris gets to practice Love and Logic at home with a 20, 16 and 6 year old.  She has lots of stories about Love and Logic with children of all ages.

 Kathy Case has worked for over 33 years (the past 18 at Hammitt) with children with severe behavior problems.  She has had the opportunity to train many people on the Love and Logic curriculum.  It is one discipline method that staff and parents consistently believe they can actually begin utilizing the same day.

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