Family & Community Services

To effectively treat a child, we must work with parents to create a home life 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 provide early interventions and prevention-focused programs and services for families with children that may be at risk for abuse or neglect. The best approach to prevent unnecessary out-of-home placements of children is to work with at-risk families before they are in crisis. 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.

Most services offered by the Family and Community Services department are provided free of charge. Services provided include counseling, case management, referral to other services, advocacy, mentoring, support, service coordination and respite.

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.

Adoption 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.

Intact Family Services is a 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 IFS program are casework, support, counseling, education, advocacy and mentoring.

Post-Adoption Services provides support and information to birth families, adoptive families and adopted individuals. Adoption is a lifelong journey and our staff are committed to providing searches and mediation support years after an adoption is finalized through The Baby Fold.