|About||Family Advocacy in Champaign County (FACC) empowers families through advocacy to understand their role and responsibilities in the child welfare system.|
|Mission||Our mission is to protect children by strengthening and supporting families. We believe that through advocacy, mentoring, outreach and counseling, strengthening families can and will be the ultimate outcome for those families served.|
As a partner in the statewide Strengthening Families collaboration, Family Advocacy works to build family and community resilience and effective partnerships between parents and the systems that serve them and their children. Our commitment is to promote a strengths-based, family-centered approach to schools, public health, courts, child welfare and other agencies and organizations willing to partner in the interests of thriving youth and families.
While our primary target is African American families due to racial disproportionality and disparity, we serve and have success with a diverse array of families.
These families include, but are not limited to:
Families that receive in home services (intact) with child welfare agencies in Champaign County.
Families who are in crisis, but need encouragement while they change their lives.
Advocacy: informing and assisting you in advocating for yourself or speaking on your behalf. Providing support and assistance in maneuvering through the various systems you may be involved with.
Mentoring: assisting with development of short and long term life goals.
Mediation: to intervene as a neutral party on your behalf to work through conflicts that arise with service providers,
Counseling: individual and family counseling
Workshops: to host, sponsor, or co-sponsor workshops and groups that address parenting skills, life skills, working with child welfare and social service agencies in the community and domestic violence.
Outreach: to provide services to families from the community and work in collaboration with other service providers.
3rd Party Visits: coordinate and supervise visits with clients whose children are in placement
The Family Table Group Sessions: group sessions address parenting skills, domestic violence, relationships, life skills, budgeting, short and long term goals.