Saturday, January 18, 2014

Message From Chief Judge Elizabeth Robb Regarding the Family Visitation Center

The Family Visitation Center, operated by the Children's Home & Aid, will no longer receive funding from the Department of Justice-Safe Havens Grant.  This will result in a reduction in hours and times of operation for the Family Visitation Center.  Additionally, when the FVC reaches capacity, families will be put on a waiting list.  Cases will be triaged for domestic violence, and Order of Protection cases will be placed at the top of the waiting list in the order in which they are received.  The Family Visitation Center will continue to be unable to service cases that have any type of DCFS involvement.

The new hours of operation are as follows and will be effective on November 1, 2013

Wednesdays   5:00 p.m.--7:00 p.m.

Fridays            5:00 p.m.--7:00 p.m.

Saturdays        8:30 a.m.—5:30 p.m.

Sundays           8:45 a.m.—5:45 p.m.


Families who are currently being served will be notified of the changes in the schedule.  None of the Family Visitation Center policies and procedures have changed, and the safety measures, including providing separate entrances and staggered times for drop off and pick up, remain in effect.

If there are any questions regarding these changes, please contact Marie McCurdy, Program Supervisor at 309-834-5206 on Fridays from5:00 p.m.---7:00 p.m. or by emailing her at or Meg Backas, Program Director-Family Support Services at 309-834-5259 or"

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