The Center for Youth and Family Solutions engages and serves children and families in need with dignity, compassion and respect, by building upon individual and community strengths to resolve life challenges together.
The Center for Youth and Family Solutions will cultivate hope and resilience by building relationships through compassion, cultural humility, and a client-driven, trauma-informed approach to all services as we advocate for the greater good for all.
Our program areas focus on serving children and families who have experienced life-changing trauma, abuse and neglect, or other significant life challenges. Our goal is to help each child and adult learn to cope with those experiences and help them achieve their fullest potential. Here are some examples of our outcomes from last year:
We provide hope. Our Adoption Program has made a lasting important impact in the lives of children who need a forever family. Last year, 181 infants and children were adopted through our program.
We are transforming wellbeing. Our strengths-based and goal-driven Behavioral Health Counseling program helps children and families sort through emotional or relational problems. Eight out of 10 clients served last year in this program reported feeling better, having stronger relationships with loved ones, and were better able to cope with life stressors.
Child Abuse Prevention and Intervention
We foster stability. The Center for Youth and Family Solutions Child Welfare is the largest in central Illinois and recognized year after year for achieving some of the best long-term outcomes for children in Illinois. Last year, we served 1,546 children in our foster care program. When a child is referred to our foster care program due to abuse or neglect, we seek relatives or caring foster families to provide a safe and loving home. We then work with parents to make the critical changes necessary to ensure they can parent their children free from abuse or neglect and provide additional support and monitoring when reunification occurs. If reunification is not a safe option, we work diligently to find a forever family through adoption or guardianship with relatives.
Guardian Angel Home
We cultivate healing. Our Guardian Angel Residential Program provides boys who are coping with emotional, behavioral or mental health challenges as a result of significant trauma, abuse and neglect an opportunity to heal and learn new coping skills in a caring, therapeutic, trauma-informed residential setting.
New Day Senior Services
We champion independence. A new day brings hope and our in-home counseling, volunteer companion services, and outreach to isolated older adults helps to address their mental health challenges and feelings of isolation. Ninety-eight percent of our clients in this program continue to live in their own homes, which helps prevent costly and premature nursing home care.
How to Help
Volunteering is a way to share your gifts, gain experience and give back to your community. Whether it is making a video of yourself reading a book that we can share with our foster families, tutoring or mentoring a youth at our Guardian Angel Residential Home, or assisting our Administration office with clerical work, our volunteers make a difference every day in the lives of our clients. Find out about volunteer opportunities by calling Sue Hirschman at (309) 323-6632 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trish Fox, Executive Director
Tony Riordan, Chief Operating Officer