The Youth, Family, and Community Outreach Services program provides a variety of programs to the communities served, including System of Care, Extended Family Support, Home Confinement, McLean County Court Assistance and Care Link.

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System of Care

Supplemental services provided to children and foster families to prevent placement disruption, including assessment, case coordination, linkage and direct services to children who have a critical need for more intensive service

  • Referrals accepted from Foster Parents, DCFS, and Private agency Foster Care Providers
  • 90% of satisfaction survey respondents reported being either satisfied or very satisfied with overall experience of program
  • Available in Tazewell, Woodford, McLean, Fulton, McDonough, Hancock, Henderson, Warren, Knox, Henry, Rock Island and Mercer counties

Extended Family Support

Provides home-based casework to enable legal care-giving relationship and maintain a healthy household

  • All referrals come from Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
  • 42% of closed cases resulted in positive guardianship transfer
  • 100% of satisfaction survey respondents reported being either satisfied or very satisfied with overall experience of program
  • Available in Tazewell, Woodford, Peoria, Champaign, Vermilion, Fulton, McDonough, Hancock, Henderson, Warren, Knox, Henry, Rock Island, Mercer, Ford, Iroquois, Logan, Mason, and Menard Counties

Home Confinement

Provides a home based alternative to secure detention for Court ordered delinquent children. Services include monitoring and short term case management services, in order to ensure these children can stay out of local detention centers.

  • All referrals come from Court Services
  • 97% of cases closed successfully completing Home confinement services and were not detained during case opening
  • Available in Henry, Rock Island and Mercer counties

McLean County Court Assistance Programs

Provides counseling, advocacy, monitoring, case management and cognitive skills groups to individuals involved with the probation system in McLean County.

  • All referrals come from Court Services
  • Available in McLean County

Care Link

Care Link is a community based program supported financially by local parishes and churches in the city of Rock Island. CYFS provides basic assessment and authorization of financial assistance for family basic needs.

  • All referrals come from local churches
  • 100% of satisfaction survey respondents reported being either satisfied or very satisfied with overall experience of program
  • Available in Rock Island County

Statistical Data

Over 250 youth and families served annually

For referral information and program eligibility please contact the local Youth Family Community Outreach Program Supervisor at the Branch nearest you.

  • Rock Island – Nicole Sodawasser – 309-788-9581
  • Galesburg – Erika Parks – 309-342-1136
  • Peoria – Betty Porter – 309-323-6573
  • Champaign – Matt Searby – 309 829-6307
  • Bloomington – Matt Searby – 309-829-6307
  • Macomb – Carrie Depoy – 309-833-1791

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