MotherHouse Crisis Nursery hosts 15th anniversary open house

Staff Report

MotherHouse Crisis Nursery, a program of Children’s Home + Aid, will host an open house to celebrate 15 years of providing Rockford-area children immediate short-term child care and longer term interventions to stabilize and strengthen families facing crisis.

The event will take place at 1603 S. Fourth St., Rockford, from 3 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 30. The open house is held on the last day of April at the conclusion of the Blue Bow Campaign, which promotes awareness and prevention of child abuse and neglect throughout Illinois.

The open house is a public event and community members are invited to tour MotherHouse Crisis Nursery, talk with staff about their work, and enjoy free hamburgers and hot dogs.

For questions or more information, contact Robin Carlson-Goethe, MotherHouse program supervisor, at (815) 962-4858 or

MotherHouse Crisis Nursery provides 24-hour child care in a safe, supportive environment for children younger than 7 during family emergencies and uses interactions with these families to improve the long-term well-being of children and to prevent severe problems in family functioning.

MotherHouse Crisis Nursery strives to stabilize, maintain, and strengthen the family unit in times of crisis. This goal is achieved though a two-pronged approach: the provision of no-cost Crisis Child Care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and the delivery of Family Enhancement Support services that stabilize the family and empower parents to resolve the issues that led to the need for Crisis Child Care services.

In 2013 Fiscal Year:

  • 95 percent of MotherHouse Crisis Nursery admission helped prevent abuse and neglect of children;
  • 93 percent of parents whose families received Crisis Child Care and/or Family Enhancement Services through MotherHouse Crisis Nursery reported reduced risk of child maltreatment;
  • 86 percent reported decreased stress levels; and
  • 85 percent reported increased parenting skills.

Children’s Home + Aid Northern Region has its headquarters in Rockford and is devoted to serving the area’s most challenged communities. The Northern Region of Children’s Home + Aid provides services in many of the counties in northern Illinois. Services encompass the needs of the entire family, and include adoption preservation, child and family counseling, MotherHouse Crisis Nursery, Pregnancy and Early Parent Counseling, Healthy Families Illinois, foster care, and family support services.

Children’s Home + Aid’s comprehensive, quality programs help children and families overcome the obstacles of poverty, abuse and neglect to achieve healthy family structures and self-sufficiency.

For more about Children’s Home + Aid, visit

From the April 23-29, 2014 issue

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