Crisis Nurseries were developed through the Crisis Nursery Congressional Act of 1986 to provide holistic prevention and intervention services to families with young children, who were in crisis.
Opened in 1998, the Crisis Nursery serves children from birth through six years of age; our services are free to anyone in need.
The Crisis Nursery is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year.
Parents are screened for postpartum depression and domestic violence the first time they use the Crisis Nursery and are given a list of available resources in the community.
Parents can use the Crisis Nursery as often as needed. The top reasons parents use the Crisis Nursery include the following: homelessness, domestic violence, parental stress, mental health/substance abuse issues, home crisis, and for medical and other appointments.
Parents do not need to bring items with them to the Crisis Nursery. Necessities including diapers, wipes, formula, etc., are provided to parents as needed.
The Crisis Nursery has seen a 10% cut in funding this year as a result of the Illinois State budget. At the same time, there has been a substantial spike in crisis care hours provided, as shown in the table below.
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.
A Closer Look at the Crisis Nursery
Amount given to families for children’s basic needs: $25,472
Crisis Care hours: 13,925
# of admissions to Crisis Nursery instead of DCFS: 327
# of children the Crisis Nursery had to turn away due to insufficient capacity: 317
# of parents who stated Crisis Nursery admission helped reduce their stress: 84%
# of parents who stated Crisis Nursery admission improved their parenting skills: 91%
# of parents who stated Crisis Nursery admissions prevent abuse/neglect of children: 96%
# of children admitted (unduplicated): 216
# of families served (unduplicated): 135
# of referrals provided to families: 782
Highest Reasons for Admission
- Parent Stress / Child Abuse & Neglect: 44%
- Domestic Violence: 23%
- Homelessness: 19%
- Mental Health: 8%
Crisis Nursery in Bloomington:
Location: 403 S. State Street, Bloomington, IL 61701 | Phone: (24-hour hotline)