A Publication of WTVP

Community Impact

Instilling hope by creating the right balance of resources and care to foster and equip healthy productive children and families.

Strengthening families for a stronger community.

For over 120 years, FamilyCore has understood that strong families, equipped with the tools and ties to succeed, are at the heart of any vibrant, tight-knit community. The organization works with schools, the court system and other social service agencies to connect counseling, intervention and support with those who need it.

One of FamilyCore’s most rewarding tasks is matching children with families who can provide their new forever home. FamilyCore facilitates private, international and embryo adoptions for all ages and ethnic backgrounds. 

FamilyCore’s licensed counselors, with a presence in schools, courts and social service agencies, identify and assist with social/emotional, mental wellness, and behavioral concerns. These professionals assist with depression, anxiety, parent-child conflicts, marital concerns, substance abuse, trauma and more. A sliding fee scale, along with insurance and employee assistance programs, makes this important intervention affordable. 

Foster Care 
Foster care is often required because parents are unwilling or unable to provide adequate care during times of stress or crisis. When children need temporary living arrangements, FamilyCore connects them with safe and caring home environments. Foster parents provide love and understanding to children until conflicts are resolved and they can be reunited with their families.

FamilyCore has undergone extensive review and is accredited by both the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children as well as Intercountry Adoption Accreditation and Maintenance Entity. This means the organization demonstrates effective management and provides high levels of service, quality community programs, knowledgeable personnel and safe, accessible facilities for domestic and international adoption services.

Single Parent Support
FamilyCore works hand-in-hand with single parents or guardians to learn effective communication, appropriate discipline, childhood development techniques and self-care practices. These services are provided free of charge to single parents or guardians in Peoria, Woodford or Tazewell counties with a child under 18 in their care.

Succeeding and staying in school can be challenging for some families. FamilyCore has built a wide-reaching spectrum of programs for youth to provide channels for success. Services include respite programs for children suspended from school; after-school and summer programs that focus on educational and recreational activities; family school liaisons who work to prevent suspensions and attendance problems; and a youth anger management program.

How to Help
Volunteers and donations are essential to the success of clients at FamilyCore, and they are greatly appreciated. Donations could be put to use in the following ways:

  • $25 buys a gas card so a parent can visit their children.
  • $50 feeds a single mom and her family for a week.
  • $75 purchases books and videos needed for services.
  • $500 provides counseling sessions for families. 

If you can share your time or talents, consider serving on our board, a committee or as a volunteer. Help is appreciated with administrative or operational tasks, special events or at our food pantry. Contact Ann Lading-Ferguson at (309) 676-2400 or [email protected] for details.

330 SW Washington Street
Peoria, IL 61602
(309) 676-2400
[email protected]

Facebook: @FamilyCorePeoria
Instagram: @familycore
Twitter: @family_core

Ann Lading-Ferguson, CEO
Dan Bender, CFO
Melissa Borders, Director of Child Welfare
Caitlin Scott, Director of Clinical
Ronald Tyler, Director of Outreach 
Sue Mowbray, Director of Human Resources