IL Christian Organization Helps Families Avoid Foster Care
Families who could get split apart in the foster care system are being given another option.
Illini Christian Ministries helps to keep families in central Illinois together without getting the state involved.
At-risk families can have their kids put in ‘host homes’ and eventually be reunited. This organization has been open for 52 years. Since then, they’ve helped hundreds of people.
Executive Director Nadia Berger says, “The foster care system is a necessary evil in our society. But I feel like this can help families avoid the system who don’t need to be there.”
While DCFS works to keep kids safe, Illini Christian Ministries takes a different approach to help families who would otherwise be separated permanently.
Berger says, “We’re here if a family is homeless and has no place for their child to go, or if a family is facing an acute medical medical crisis and doesn’t have a safes place for their children to be while they get treatment, substance abuse and mental health treatment.”
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