BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WEEK) — A major resource for low-income families in McLean County is ending.
In a statement, Children’s Home Aid President and CEO Nancy Ronquillo the current child welfare environment in Central Illinois has posed “increasingly difficult challenges,” making it “unsustainable” for the organization to continue offering those services.
“When you lose good staff and you have staff that are having to take bigger case loads because the kids still need to be seen and the deficit continues to get higher and higher and the children don’t get access to the quality of services that you want to be able to provide.” said Smith
The site director said find foster parents is already a statewide issue.
“To find families that are willing to be foster parents and to go through the licensing procedure and be reimbursed, so that rate impacts them as well of what they’re getting paid to purchase food, to be able to provide that things the child ne to get to school … all of these things are impacted by that not just the staff rate.” said Smith.
“Illinois was once a national leader in child welfare, but today, we rank last in the nation on important measures of child safety and permanency. For too long we have asked providers to do the impossible with shockingly insufficient funding,” said Durbin. “We cannot continue to ignore their warnings. The child welfare workforce does difficult and demanding work. They deserve to be fairly compensated for it, and to receive adequate supervision and training so they can do their jobs well.”