Parental Support / Counseling

500 E. Lake Shore Drive Decatur, IL
62521

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.

http://www.babytalk.org
217-475-2234
340 W. William St. Decatur, IL
62522

STEPS Early Intervention: Children receive Early Intervention services in an early childhood interdisciplinary classroom setting.

Family Literacy: Families receive a comprehensive educational experience including GED or ESL classes, child education, parent education, parent-child interaction, personal encounters and library visits.

Phoenix II: Pregnant and parenting mothers enrolled in District 61 are eligible to attend alternative education at Baby TALK Central Programming. Child education is provided while mothers earn academic credits.

Pre-K: A state funded preschool program is offered for children ages 3 to 5 years of age.

217-422-5249
247 W. Prairie Ave.
Decatur, IL
62523

Counseling to individuals, couples, and families. Fees are based on income and family size. No one is denied service because of inability to pay. No charge for counseling related to untimely pregnancies. Hours: 8:30 AM-4:30 PM by appointment. Evening counseling on Tuesday and Thursday until 8 PM by appointment.

https://cc.dio.org/locations/decatur/
217-428-3458

A resource for making parenting easier in Decatur and in the surrounding areas. There are local events, family friendly activities, play groups, and parenting resources.

http://decaturilmoms.com/
232 Bruns Lane
Springfield, IL
62704

Services: information and referral, job placement, individual and family services, counseling, advocacy, support groups, community education for people with epilepsy and their families.

Call for information. Various programs are held throughout the year.

1-800-800-6401

217-726-1839
1942 E. Cantrell
Decatur, IL
62521

Intensive service to families whose children have experience abuse or neglect. Services begin within 24 hours and agency staff available 24 hours.

217-423-6961
1942 E. Cantrell
Decatur, IL
62521

Meets the last Thursday of each month from 6:30 PM-7:30 PM.

217-423-6961
270 W. Prairie
Decatur, IL
62523

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.

http://www.growingstrongcenter.org/
217-428-0770
1221 E. Condit Street
Decatur, IL
62521

The Healthy Families Illinois (HFI) program is a home visitation program that works with expectant and first-time parents. Through intensive home visiting, HFI works to strengthen the parent/child relationship, promote positive parenting, and healthy child growth and development. Home visitors provide information on child growth, development, and safety. The program also assists parents in identifying/meeting their own educational/employment goals.

151 N. Main
P.O. Box 710
Decatur, IL
62523

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)

http://www.heritagenet.org/
217-362-6262

Provides breastfeeding information and support for breastfeeding mothers. Offers a lending library, 24-hour phone counseling service, and booklets on nursing and nursing problems. Call for meetings times.

http://lllofil.org/
217-674-3580
1620 S. Taylorville Rd.
Decatur, IL
62521

They provide foster care, individual/marital/family counseling, family life education, and a veteran’s housing program.

217-428-8380
1990 N. Water Street
Decatur, IL
62526

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.

217-422-6294
1221 E. Condit St.
Decatur, IL
62521

Programs and services offered for residents of Macon County for all ages. Family Case Management and supportive services offered for pregnant women and their children, immunization clinic for all ages, WIC program, Dental Clinic, STD counseling and testing, TB skin testing, foreign travel immunizations, Senior Services for adults age 60 and over, information, referral, and assistance for people with disabilities ages 18 and over; environmental health services, health education, and community outreach.

http://www.maconcountyhealth.org/
217-423-6988
1698 East Pershing Road
Decatur, IL
62526

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.

Programs:

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.

217-872-5555 (Helpline)

http://newlifepregnancycenter.com/
217-872-5556
1990 N. Water Street
Decatur, IL
62526

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.

217-422-6294
1221 E. Condit St
Decatur, IL
62521

This program offers caregiver services to informal caregivers caring for older adults, older caregivers caring for adult children with disabilities, and to grandparents/kinship caregivers. Caregivers are met with one- on-one to assess their needs and to link them to many community supports. Trainings on various topics are also provided throughout the month. A Caregiver Support Group is offered on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 10:00 AM, and it is open to any caregiver needing support without regard to the age or diagnosis. A Hope Grows support group takes place on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 1:00 PM for grandparents raising grandchildren and other kinship caregivers.

217-423-6988 ext. 1510
432 E. Prairie Street
Suite #100
Decatur, IL
62522

UCP providers offer a range of services like family support, recreational programming, and referrals for therapies. Training and employment assistance is also available.

Contact the UCP office in Springfield if you are in need of housing at 217-529-8429.

http://ucpll.org/
217-428-5033