The mission of the Children First Foundation is to help children and caregivers effectively adapt to divorce, separation, parental responsibilities, and parenting time exchange issues by creating services and products that address these issues.

Welcome to Children First Foundation

Children First also offers parenting education, internet classes, supervised parenting time, and an exchange center.  Children First Foundation services families experiencing exceptional difficulty in the transfer of their children for the purpose of overnight parenting time or required supervised parenting.  These difficulties often result in exposing the children to adult conflicts.  The Children First Parenting Education Program was created and developed to “help parents help their children through divorce” by stressing the needs of children to their parents. We have two locations The Madison County Kid’s Corner in Wood River and the Family Center in Belleville Il.

In an effort to protect the health and safety of all members of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic, Children First Foundation will offer parenting Education classes online only until further notice.   

Parenting Education Class Locations and Times

St. Clair County
Children First Foundation
1909 Dublin Blvd., Suite B
Belleville, IL 62221

Classes are held weekly as follows:
Wednesday 6pm-8pm
Thursday 6pm-8pm
Second Friday of the Month 9am-1pm

Madison County                                

Madison County Kids’ Corner
101 E. Edwardsville Road
Wood River, IL 62095

Classes are held weekly as follows:
Monday 6pm-8pm
Tuesday 6pm-8pm
First Friday of the Month 9am-1pm


Useful Links

DCFS Home page
Mandated Reporter training page
St. Clair County Circuit Clerk’s office for looking up cases and the free documents
St. Clair County Legal Self-Help Center
Madison County Circuit Clerk
Madison County related legal self-help
Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation
St. Louis University Teen Help Line
SASS – the Teen/Youth Suicide arm of HFS with a 1-800 CARES line