The Baby Fold is growing and expanding- because of you!

News and Updates – Throughout 2018, The Baby Fold will be expanding to serve more children and families as has been their tradition since 1902. “Many of our programs have waiting lists, so we are investing in the lives of children as well as the future of our community. Where we see a need, we take action!” said CEO Dianne Schultz

The Baby Fold is McLean County’s 24th largest employer serving over 1,200 children and families each year through 12 programs reaching across 28 counties. 

On August 15, The Baby Fold was pleased to open the newly renovated Hammitt Junior-Senior High School at 612 Oglesby Avenue in Normal, IL. The school will serve McLean County and 40 surrounding schools districts helping children to be successful in the classroom and become all they can be following graduation. Vocational education programming that teaches both job skills and life skills is being emphasized. 

The Community Schools Program that formerly consisted of a partnership with Fairview Elementary School now also extents to Cedar Ridge Elementary. In collaboration with Unit 5 and United Way, The Baby Fold is embedding social workers in the public schools to meet the needs of teachers and children thereby improving test scores, involving parents, and creating positive learning cultures.

The Baby Fold’s Healthy Start Program has now successfully expanded in to Champaign County. This is an early intervention program proven to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect with a 98% success rate. We are also providing that community with vital, intensive, in-home therapy services as well as adoption support services.

Also, the Adoption Preservation program grows continuously to meet the needs of adoptive families who have opened their homes to children from hard places and find themselves in need of therapeutic support.

The Baby Fold is thriving and growing with YOUR help.  This year, we celebrate our 116th Anniversary. Since 1902, we have been adapting and improving our services to meet the needs of your community and we are committed to that same excellence for the next 116 years with your support and partnership. 

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Thank you for your support. 


The Baby Fold – 108 E. Willow Street – Normal, IL 61761 – 309.454-1770