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MotherHouse Crisis Nursery 

Providing Needed Support to Families in Crisis

When crisis hits, low-income families often have nowhere to turn for help. The Children’s Home + Aid MotherHouse Crisis Nursery can lend support to families when they are faced with a crisis such as homelessness, domestic violence, medical emergencies, joblessness or drug addiction.

MotherHouse Crisis Nursery

MotherHouse Crisis Nursery provides both immediate help as well as longer term intervention/prevention family support to help stabilize the family. Central to the program is Crisis Child Care, which provides a safe haven for children when their families are unable to care for them due to an emergency.  

In addition to Crisis Child Care, the program provides parent education classes, parent support groups, individual therapy, crisis counseling, and access to after-care services. Through these combined services, the MotherHouse Crisis Nursery program helps to stabilize families in crisis, preventing abuse and neglect.

Our doors are open 24/7, and our services are free of charge.


Children’s Home + Aid is thrilled that our MotherHouse Crisis Nursery was chosen as a 2015 Club Blue grant recipient. Both of our organizations share a deep commitment to the safety and well-being of children in need in our community. For 15 years, MotherHouse Crisis Nursery has been a safe haven for vulnerable children when their families are faced with crisis.  With the support of organizations like Club Blue, we can continue to provide care around the clock, 365 days a year, free of charge to parents who have nowhere else to turn.


A Closer Look at MotherHouse Crisis Nursery FY14

Admissions: 1,457
Crisis Care hours: 12,734

# of children the Crisis Nursery had to turn away due to insufficient capacity: 644
# of parents who stated Crisis Nursery admission helped reduce their stress: 90%
# of parents who stated Crisis Nursery admission improved their parenting skills: 97%
# of parents who stated Crisis Nursery admissions prevent abuse/neglect of children: 98%

# of children admitted (unduplicated): 193
# of families served (unduplicated): 126
# of referrals provided to families: 1,380


  1. Parental Stress
  2. Medical Related
  3. Homelessness
  4. School/Work Related

FY14 MotherHouse Crisis Nursery Fact Sheet

"2013 Friend of Children Award Presented"
The Crisis Nursery Coalition of Illinois received the Friend of Children award from Prevent Child Abuse Illinois. This award was given to both the Bloomington Crisis Nursery and Motherhouse Crisis Nursery.

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MotherHouse Crisis Nursery is offered in the Northern Region.

Location: 1603 South 4th St., Rockford, IL 61104 | Phone: (24-hour hotline) 815-962-4858.

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