Lapsits: Parents and children interact with each other around a theme, including books and activities. The focus is on parent-child interaction and literacy. Lapsits are free and are held in public libraries and schools. Call or check the website for locations and times.
Baby Talk Times: Small parent-child groups are held for families with children birth to three to share parent questions and concerns, to celebrate babies’ achievements, and to have fun with books, toys, songs, and fingerplays. Call or check the website for locations and times for this free program.
Community Based Family Support: Parents receive encouragement and support in raising their children through personalized family visits, developmental screenings, parent-child groups and developmental information.
Investigates reports of child abuse and neglect. Provides services to families in immediate danger of having their children removed from their custody such as: substitute care, homemaker, counseling, advocate, crisis intervention, adoption of special needs children, and licensing of child care facilities.
Hotline: 1-800-25-ABUSE (1-800-252-2873)
DOVE has several programs including: a Children’s Clothing Room, a Domestic Violence Program, BABES, various Community Services, Homeward Bound, MAX & DAX, various Outreach programs, a Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), a Community Recycling Center, and various other projects. Call for more information or visit their website.
217-423-2238 (emergency number)
24-hour helpline: 217-428-0770
Growing Strong is a not-for-profit agency providing services to sexual assault victims and their significant others. Serving Macon, Moultrie, Shelby, DeWitt, and Piatt counties.
Services include: 24-hour crisis hotline (collect calls accepted); medical and legal advocacy; counseling for children ages 4 and up, individual and group counseling for adults; prevention education presentations for children Pre-K through college, community organization, teachers and social service agencies; professional training for medical and law enforcement personnel.
P.O. Box 710
Provides immediate help, assessment, and referrals to those in a mental health or substance abuse crisis. Heritage only accepts Medical Card and private insurance.
217-362-6262 (24-hour Crisis Phone Line)
This not-for-profit offers services to children and their families when the children have been victims of sexual or physical abuse. The center is a safe-child friendly place where children can be interviewed without intimidation. The center uses a team approach to decrease the trauma that children face when they have been victims of sexual or serious physical abuse. They can also refer to Safe from the Start and other counseling services.
24 hour Helpline, free STI testing, free pregnancy tests, pregnancy confirmation by physician exam and ultrasound, on-going support through pregnancy, information on pregnancy options, professional counseling, post-abortion counseling, miscarriage and adoption support, one-on-one mentoring and referrals for prenatal care, referrals to legal aid, referrals to medical card information, and an adoption liaison.
BEST Program: Earn coupons by attending Parenting and Educational classes. Coupons are redeemable at New Life Pregnancy Center for baby clothing (0-5T), diapers, infant furniture, etc.
SEX ESTEEM: Abstinence only educational presentations for schools, churches, community groups, and parents.
All services are free and confidential.
Offers free assessments to identify the effects of violence on children. Provides information and referrals to services available in Macon County. Offers therapeutic services to children who have been seriously affected by violence and provides information on healthy parenting skills. They also provide case management and therapy sessions to children and their families. Provides community and violence education.