Bethany for Children & Families is a voluntary, not-for-profit agency that has provided services to children and families in western Illinois and eastern Iowa since 1899. The organization consists of a professional team of social workers, licensed counselors, case managers, and educators.
Bethany for Children & Families has been a known entity in this community for over 100 years. But during much of that time, the agency has been known for its care of orphaned and abandoned children. Bethany changed its name from Bethany Home to Bethany for Children & Families in 1997. Families are very different than they were 100 years ago. In response to the changes in society and the changes in family life, the agency altered its services fifteen years ago to deliver early intervention programs to the Quad Cities area. The agency now offers over twenty-four different services that are focused on preventing children from being separated from their families of origin or, failing that, finding new, permanent homes for children who cannot be reunited with their original families.
Approximately 91% of the agency’s operating revenue is derived through purchase of service contracts with state or federal entities. These services interface with more than 6,170 children annually. Bethany provides significantly more services than at its inception, such as foster care, adoption, after-school care for behaviorally disorder children, low interest car loans for financially struggling parents, teen parent services for young parents to help care for their child and themselves, and an array of other community services that create a continuum of care that “keep children safe, strengthen families, and build healthy communities”.
For a quick overview of Bethany’s programs click here to view the Guide to Services brochure.
For a list of items you may donate to Bethany programs, click here.