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    Who We are

    Hoyleton Youth and Family Services was established in 1895 to care for orphaned children of a cholera epidemic.  It has grown to be a community provider of emotional and mental health services for every stage of child and family development throughout southern Illinois.

    Our focus is simple… One Child at a Time.  We help to restore family relationships; prepare young adults to make positive life decisions and become productive citizens.   We are Building Stronger Communities through programs that strengthen and preserve families.

    Whether through reunification, adoption or developing the life skills to stand on their own, our goal is always to help children and families find a forever place they can call home. Grounded by faith and the traditions of the United Church of Christ, we make a positive impact on over 2,000 lives each year.

  • Join the All-Stars at our annual Dinner Auction

  • Hoyleton Ministries President/CEO Appointed to Child Care Association of Illinois Board

    Chris L. Cox President and CEO, elected to the board of the Child Care Association of Illinois.

    The Child Care Association of Illinois (CCAI) is the premier state association that builds public support for addressing the needs of children and families. Established in 1964, the CCAI is dedicated to improving the delivery of social services to the abused, neglected, and troubled children, youth and families of Illinois.

    “CCAI is honored that Chris Cox agreed to serve in such an important leadership role during a time of great challenge and opportunity for the children’s services sector.” commented Margaret Berglind, President/CEO of the association. “Hoyleton Ministries is a vital contributor to CCAI’s overall work and in electing Mr. Cox to our board, his colleagues demonstrated they also value the participation of the agency and Chris.”

    Cox joined Hoyleton in 1989. In his 26 years of service to the agency he has filled the role of Chief Operating Officer, Vice President of Programs, Director of Residential Services, therapist, teacher, and direct care worker. In 2010 he was named President and CEO.

    “I am honored to be part of such a highly regarded association”, stated Chris Cox. “I look forward to the opportunity to help shape practices and policies in the State of Illinois for the benefit of children, adolescents, the families, and the organizations that serve them.

    Under Cox’s leadership, the Hoyleton model is transforming from institutional residential provider to a full spectrum of community based health, youth, and family services.

  • Meet Director George Sheldon

    Want to learn how DCFS is being transformed? Come meet Director George Sheldon to hear about newly released draft of the Illinois Child Welfare Strategic Plan 2016-2020 Thursday July 7th! All are Welcome!

  • Hoyleton featured in the Belleville News-Democrat

    Chris Cox, president of CEO of Hoyleton Ministries, talks about the nonprofit organization’s recent move to Fairview Heights to be closer to the children and families it serves. Hoyleton offers a variety of services including residential facilities for children with developmental disabilities, pregnancy prevention programs, foster care and a Latino ministry.

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    2015 Awards and Recognition Banquet

    What a great night at the annual Hoyleton Ministries Awards Banquet. We would like to thank the 250 attendees for their support and congratulations to all the award winners for a great 2015. Here’s wishing everyone a great 2016! More pictures to follow tomorrow!

  • 2015 Awards Banquet

    Come celebrate Hoyleton’s successes of 2015 at our Awards Banquet. Honoring, volunteers, staff, churches, our young people and donors. This years event will be help at  Gateway Classic Cars on February 12th. To attend, contact us at 618-493-7575!

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    Two social service agencies with a shared mission

    There was a great show of support yesterday for two social service agencies with a shared mission. Caritas Family Solutions and Hoyleton Ministries opened its doors for the community at the new St. John Bosco Children’s Center at 900 Royal Heights Road in Belleville. Hoyleton’s new Pregnant and Parenting Transitional Living Program has a wing on the second floor of the building.

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    Thank you Director Sheldon and Rep. Meier for a great visit

    We were honored to have George H. Sheldon, Director of DCFS and Rep. Charlie Meier visit the Hoyleton Campus on Thursday, Nov. 19. Chris L. Cox, our president and CEO guided them on a tour where they were able to meet some of our special young people, which reside in our Skyview cottage. Both Director Sheldon and Rep. Meier along with support staff and clients enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal. Director Sheldon and Rep. Meier were able to engage the children in sharing their life stories. Thank you Director Sheldon and Rep. Meier for a great visit.

  • Thank you ISC!

    A HUGE thank you to all UCC Illinois South Conference Churches that donated items to Hoyleton Ministries this past weekend at the ISC Annual Meeting. Picture here is our Director of Philanthropy Craig Steiner and Tom May a supporter of Hoyleton who graciously transported the items to us.

    The items will soon find their home at Salem House our newest ministry that will provide services for youth who are diagnosed as intellectually and/or developmentally disabled and in need of 24-hour care in an interdisciplinary treatment program. Residents will range in age from 9 to 21, generally have IQ’s of 50 or below, and display autism spectrum disorders, significant impairment in learning, social skills and other areas of daily functioning, and may also have medical complexities.

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