Crisis Nursery is the only emergency-based childcare facility
open 24 hours, 365 days a year for the entire community to access with no fees or income eligibility. Besides safe shelter for children, ages birth through six, they also provide family support and parenting education to strengthen parent
Grandparents raising grandchildren is a program for an aunt, uncle, or other adult raising the children of a relative in Champaign and Piatt Counties. The Caregiver Advisor provides information, assistance accessing services or benefits, advocacy to get services properly in place, education or training on issues important to you or your grandchildren and support during this time of life. Services are free to the grandparent or relative.
405 S. State Street, Champaign, IL 61820
Contact: (217) 352-5100
Family Service of Champaign County –Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Safe families is a nonprofit, volunteer movement that creates extended family-like support and safety for children during a family crisis such as homelessness, hospitalization or domestic violence in an effort to prevent child abuse and/or neglect.
Volunteer host families are motivated by faith to keep children safe and families intact. Host families screened and approved by Safe Families take in children for short periods of time. Family Friends provide mentoring and transportation to families in crisis and babysitting and meals to support the host families. Safe Families PLUS Mentors mentor young adults aging out of foster care.
3 Henson Place Suite 1, Champaign, IL 61820
Contact: (217) 355-4446
The Family Service Caregiver Support program is for anyone caring for a family member or friend who is age 60 or older or caring for an adult child with disabilities. The Caregiver Advisor assists family caregivers by providing information, assistance to access services or benefits, advocates to get services in place, offers education and training and provides support for this time in one’s life. There is no fee to the caregiver or the older adult or adult child with disabilities. The Caregiver Advisor will meet with you in the office or at your home.
405 S. State Street, Champaign, IL 61820
Senior Resource Center Hours:
Family Service of Champaign County –Family Caregiver Support
Larkin’s Place at the Stephen’s Family YMCA has created programs designed to support children at all developmental levels and their families. Larkin’s Place programming is for all who wish to achieve therapeutic goals, developmental goals, improve skills and create social networks. The programs seek to bring together developing children and those with disabilities to play and learn, create memories, skills and bonds of friendship that will cross all barriers and last a lifetime.
2501 Fields South Drive, Champaign, IL 61822
Contact: (217) 359-9622
Hours: Monday-Friday 5am-10 pm,
Saturday 6am-6pm and
CASA provides a trained, committed, court-appointed advocate who speaks up for, stands by and argues for the best interest of children ranging from newborn to 18 years of age until the case is closed. Volunteer advocates make sure a child does not get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in an inappropriate group or foster home. It means the difference between homelessness and a safe home, between dropping out and completing school, between unemployment and success, between jail and becoming a productive member of society.
Living Alternatives Pregnancy Resource Center provides free services in a caring and confidential setting by staff who specialize in pregnancy and sexual health issues. Services include pregnancy testing/ultrasound scanning, options counseling, parenting support, adoption support, post-abortion healing, STI/STD information, abstinence education and
a residential program, Merci’s Refuge, (see Housing page 5 for more information. Living alternatives neither performs abortions nor provides referrals.
The Center for Youth and Family Solutions offers counseling, casework
and support services to assist those whose lives have been touched by trauma, grief and loss, abuse and neglect, and other significant family life challenges. Their services include foster care for abused and neglected children, pregnancy support, adoption services, crisis response for runaways and their families, delinquency prevention services for at risk youth, mental health crisis responses for youth, intact family support and community advocacy programs. Counseling for children, individuals, couples and families is available on a sliding scale with graduate student interns.
The Children First program is for parents with children 18 or younger who are divorcing or resolving custody and visitation disputes. This class helps one learn about and discuss how the family will change upon separation or divorce and its impact on the child(ren).
With the assistance of DVD’s and moderated group discussions, one learns ways to minimize the negative effects on children. Particular focus is given to making one aware of the ways children may express their reactions to the changing family structure.
Family Service of Champaign County – Children First
Family Advocacy in Champaign County’s mission is to protect children
by strengthening and supporting families. Services include advocacy, mentoring, mediation, counseling, workshops, outreach, 3rd party/ supervised visits, family table group sessions to address parenting skills, domestic violence, relationships, life skills, budgeting, short and long term goals, anger management group, financial literacy training for youth aging out of the child welfare system, couples counseling, life skills for adults and teens to establish self-sufficiency and parenting classes.
310 W. Church Street, Suite 103, Champaign, IL 61820
Family Service of Champaign County Counseling service provides counseling with professional therapists for individuals, couples, or a family with children to resolve conflicts arising from personal and relationship issues such as marital and parent-child relationships, divorce, childhood trauma, depression, abuse, and adjustment to life changes. Sliding scale fee based on income and family size for Champaign County residents; most health insurance plans are accepted.