What is Family Focus?
Bella Ease became a Family Advocacy center in 2018. Our goal is to help empower and build healthy, thriving children and families. The Family Focus program provides assistance for families at risk or already involved with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). We work with parents to create long-lasting change in their lives. Family Advocates help clients find the support they need to reunify, stabilize, and sustain their families.
Our Advocates provide a wide range of services meant to support families, regardless of where they’re at in life. A description of some of our services are listed below.
- Advocacy – A Family Advocate assists clients with working with DCFS as well as other government or private agency cases. We support clients to help them to learn how to properly speak on their own behalf to better their family.
- Mentoring – Parents, with the assistance of a mentor, will develop healthy and achievable short-term and long-term goals regarding topics like parenting, employment, financial stability, sobriety, mental health, etc.
- Mediation – Advocates intervene on the client’s behalf to work through conflicts that may arise with service providers.
- Referrals – We provide information to other community agencies that have services to meet the family’s needs.
Positive Parenting Program
Our staff works one-on-one with parents and children. Staff helps clients build a healthy family by improving parent-child relationships and decreasing emotional, behavioral, and developmental challenges. These services are limited to families with an intact DCFS case, adoptive families, part of the Extended Family Support Program, recently reunified families, or pregnant/parenting youth in care.
Clients receive education on parenting, fun family activities, and how to reach their parenting goals. All of these are done with the help of a Family Advocate. To set up an appointment, call or text us at 217-617-7068 or send us a message through the Contact Us page.
Support Groups & Workshops
Monday Motivation meets weekly to help parents schedule their week, set goals, and overcome obstacles they face in everyday life. Meetings are on Monday mornings via Zoom. For more information, call or text our Family Services Coordinator (contact info listed at the bottom of this page).
Parent Support Group
All parents are welcome to join our Parent Support Groups. They meet on the first and third Thursdays of the month to allow parents to come together and discuss real issues facing them. Advice is shared on how to deal with struggles facing parents, along with support from others that understand what they are going through. For more information, check out our Events page.
Family Focus offers occasional workshops to help parents learn new skills on topics such as healthy relationships, communication, discipline, mental health, etc. More information on upcoming workshops can be found on the Events page.
If you have questions about our Family Focus program or would like to set up an appointment, either send us a message on the CONTACT US page or reach out to our Family Services Coordinator directly.
Family Services Coordinator