Hobby Horse House of Jacksonville

Hobby Horse House of Jacksonville is a not for profit agency providing services in West Central Illinois that focuses on promoting individual and family growth through education, case management, and counseling.

Many confuse our agency with the daycare that was located on Clay Avenue. Early in the agency’s history, they were affiliated. Our office is located at 208 S. Mauvaisterre, Jacksonville, Illinois.

Hobby Horse House supports and creates programs that assist individuals and families in developing interpersonal skills and community connections to encourage the stabilization of the family and the betterment of each child we serve.

Hobby Horse House provides private adoptions, crisis pregnancy support, community parent education/training, divorcing parenting classes, and counseling for individuals (children and parents) couples, and the family.

Hobby Horse House also provides extended family support for relatives who wish to gain guardianship of the children that they are currently caring for and supervised visitation services between children and their parents either through the Department of Children and Family Services or other private court family matters.

Hobby Horse House’s primary focus is providing parenting education/coaching services through group therapy classes and in home private experiences for the betterment of the family and child(ren). This program is the heart of the agency serving many families throughout West Central Illinois and beyond. Hobby Horse House currently provides services to families in Adams, Brown, Cass, Greene, Morgan, Pike, Schuyler, and Scott Counties but not limited to these counties exclusively.

Our Positive Parenting Program is available to the community at large through referrals by other social service agencies, physicians or other medical personnel, school administrators, individuals involved in the court system, or self referrals.

Classes are offered on a rotating basis in both Jacksonville and Quincy with supplemental classes provided in Pike and Greene County when funding is available. Each participant is given pre and post assessments to determine their strengths and their areas of opportunity in regarding to their parenting abilities. The program is evidence based and in home service is tailored to address those identified skills or deficits. Each family receives a manual that correlates with the information presented in class with supplemental exercises to be utilized both in class and at home. Families are encouraged to utilize positive natural supports as well as learn new community supports that are available upon request.

Families are reminded that most had more knowledge and training to learn how to drive a car then they ever received in regards to being an effective and nurturing parent. As part of the program, parents are asked to examine their own childhood and how the impact of their childhood is related to how their parent their own children. Parents are encouraged to seek out services to address their own issues of substance abuse, domestic violence, physical and mental health concerns, lack of employment or education and any other identified need.

As a non profit agency we are constantly looking at community partners to help support our mission.

We can be reached at 217-243-7708.

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