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Family Support Resources

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  • The Arc of Illinois Consumer Stipend Program

    The Arc of Illinois, through a grant from the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities, administers the Consumer Stipend Program and distributes consumer stipend funds to enable people with developmental disabilities and their family members to attend conferences of their choice that are directly related to developmental disability issues.

    Due to the pandemic, there is a need for training, important meetings and conferences to be virtual. This program will now allow stipends to pay for the assistive technology needed to attend virtual events.

  • The Arc of Illinois Family-to-Family Health Information Center

    The Arc of Illinois Family-to-Family Health Information Center works with families and professionals to help with questions and concerns related to the health of children and youth with special healthcare needs under the age of 22.

    The center focuses on sharing the most thorough, up-to-date resources regarding health insurance options, government benefits, youth transition concerns and more to help children thrive in their community.

    For more information, call (815) 464-1832, ext. 1017, or email or

  • The Autism Collective

    The Autism Collective is a collaboration of Easterseals Central Illinois and OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois. The collective is working to end the isolation felt by those living with autism by uniting experts and connecting families.

    The collective coordinates early identification, diagnosis, therapy, services and support. Its care coordination services are available throughout Illinois (outside of Chicago).

  • The Journey Through Diagnosis: A Guide for Families of Children with a Genetic Condition

    The Family Forum of the Region 4 Midwest Genetics Collaborative wrote this guide to provide information and support to families whose child has been diagnosed with a genetic condition. It is written from the family perspective and includes information they felt was important when facing a new diagnosis. The material includes advice and tips to help guide families on their journey.

  • The Mighty’s Digital Toolkit for Caregivers

    The Mighty provides a digital toolkit to help caregivers learn more about the ins and outs of caregiving and discover helpful resources to utilize along their caregiving journey.

    The Mighty’s Digital Toolkit for Caregivers includes:

    • A caregiving binder, complete with worksheets to help you better organize important information
    • A respite care questionnaire to help you find the perfect respite worker for your specific needs
    • A self-care mini-guide to help you destress and prioritize your mental health

    Everything included in the toolkit is downloadable, printable and shareable.

  • The Neighbor Project

    The Neighbor Project (TNP) is a nonprofit, HUD-Certified Housing Counseling Agency dedicated to helping low to moderate-income families in Aurora reduce debt, build credit, save and ultimately buy their first homes.

  • The Nest Postpartum

    The Nest Postpartum is a nonprofit that serves families with a child in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Carle Hospital in Champaign.

    It provides services such as transportation, lodging, prepared meals, care coordinator check-ins and links to other community support programs for families staying in the NICU.

  • The Night’s Shield

    The Night’s Shield is a nonprofit that works with children who have been victims of abuse, abandonment and neglect. The organization has provided free diapers, furniture, child care items, hygiene items, school supplies, food and clothing to families in need.

    The Night Shield’s Family Advocacy Center provides services to help strengthen families and relationships, including case management and client advocacy, life skills/coaching, parenting classes/groups and more.

  • The Parent Advocacy App for Families of Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing Children

    The Parent Advocacy app is a free application that is a collaboration between the National Association of the Deaf, Gallaudet University Laurent Clec, National Deaf Education Center, American Society for the Deaf, and Hands & Voices.

    It enables the family to:

    * Understand what an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) means and how to participate in meetings

    * Know how 504 plan meetings differ from IEP meeting

    * Know what advocacy principle to use when it come to a 504 plan or an IEP meeting

    * Locate fillable checklist and notes

    * Ask common questions about each type of meetings

    * Use 6 strategies to advocate your child

    * Link to resources and learn how to contact parent and deaf organizational partners for assistance

    You can download the app on the APP Store or Google Play.

  • The Parent Place in Springfield

    The Parent Place has been the local child abuse prevention organization teaching parents and local professionals positive parenting skills and techniques in Springfield.

    The Parent Place serves families through various specialized classes, workshops, support groups for parents, guardianship assistance, extended family services, walk-in services, telephone crisis management, family mediation, individual family coaching, a diaper pantry, supervised visits and through its court-mandated Positive Co-Parenting classes for couples going through a divorce or separation.

    The diaper pantry is open every Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.