Apr 3 2017

Help Is Here: Center for Youth and Family Solutions steps up after abuse or trauma

Peoria Journal Star

Things were not looking good for Angela.

After the local police picked her up on a curfew violation, it became apparent it wasn’t the first time the 14-year-old had been wandering the streets after midnight or had run away from home. And, it certainly wasn’t the first time law enforcement had to intervene.

With her mother in prison, Angela and her four younger siblings had been bounced around with extended family. However, her ongoing behavioral issues made it hard for any of her family to manage her. Her anger issues even began erupting at school which caused concern that she could be at risk for entering the juvenile justice system if things didn’t change.

The school contacted the Center for Youth and Family Solutions. The social service agency has a special program that works with teens like Angela called the Youth, Family and Community Outreach. They immediately began to work with Angela and her entire family. A caseworker helped Angela identify triggers that prompted outbursts and helped her develop positive coping mechanisms for her anger. The caseworker worked with her family system, her school and her friends. As a result, Angela has come a long way, and remarks that she’s a “totally different kid” from when they had first met.

About Center for Youth and Family Solutions

Programs: Its five program areas all focus on serving children and families who have experienced life-changing trauma, abuse and neglect, or other significant life challenges. Annually serves over 18,000 individuals and 8,000 families, in 37 counties throughout central Illinois and the Quad Cities.

• Child welfare: Families and foster care, more than 1,300 children a year.

• Adoption: More than 40 newborns and more than 700 older children since the agency opened five years ago.

• Youth, Family and Community Outreach: 24/7 response to runaways and interventions with at-risk youth in the community.

Dec 16 2015

Thirty kids get Christmas early through Shop With A Cop

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By Robert Connelly, The Register Mail

Galesburg — Maverick Tapscott took off down a Target aisle, cranking a hand-held claw grabber for a few aisles until he reached the Christmas light section. Maverick, 4, slowed down there, but didn’t select anything. He circled back toward the toy aisles, selecting items for himself and his brother (more).

Nov 10 2015

Many Hands: Addressing the complex picture of food insecurity in McDonough County

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By Michelle Langhout, McDonough County Voice

Colchester – On a chilly, windy Thursday morning in mid-October volunteers in Friendway Park prepared for the arrival of a 26 foot long trailer filled nearly floor to ceiling with food (more).

Oct 29 2015

RSVP Reopens Doors

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Peoria — A volunteer service agency is reopening it’s doors after a year without a home. Retired and senior Volunteer program or RSVP held an open house at their new location on Sterling Avenue (more).

Oct 29 2015

RSVP Program Highlights Return To Operations

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By Alex Rusciano, WCBU

Peoria — The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program celebrated its return to Peoria and Tazewell Counties Thursday.  Federal funding for the program was cut more than a year ago, and the group was unable to link volunteers with agencies needing help (more).

Oct 28 2015

Guardian Angel home for boys is moving to Morton

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By Pam Adams,

A residential treatment program for abused and neglected boys is moving from its longtime home at Guardian Angel in West Peoria to Morton. The Center for Youth and Family Solutions is renovating a former church at 260 E. Queenwood in Morton to house the program. Construction work on the $800,000 project is scheduled to begin next week, according to Tony Riordan, chief operating officer of CYFS. Work should be completed by March (more).

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