Helping children and families since 1902.

aka The Baby Fold   |   NORMAL, IL   |
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EIN: 37-0673453


The Baby Fold builds positive futures with children and families while reflecting the Christian principles of love, hope and healing.

Ruling year info


President and CEO

Clete Winkelmann

Main address



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Subject area info


Crisis intervention


Family services

Child care

Population served info

Infants and toddlers





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NTEE code info

Child Day Care (P33)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms


Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The effects of traumas (from lack of basic needs, abuse, separation, neglect, mental illness, violence, drug use, or racism) impact child development, academics, mental and physical health and more. Symptoms of trauma are seen in: students with emotional/behavioral/communicative issues that are barriers to academic and social success; within adoptive families who are navigating challenging behaviors that threaten family stability, in young families with histories of abuse and neglect, within the foster care system, and in families who have come to the attention of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Trauma-informed care is a framework for human service delivery that is based on knowledge and understanding of how trauma affects people's lives and their need for services. The Baby Fold is a trauma-informed agency who delivers expert healing-centered care.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Adoption Support

The Baby Fold’s Adoption Support and Preservation program, started in 1994, supports families who have adopted children under the age of 18. When family challenges arise, The Baby Fold offers support, consultation, resources, and professional therapy at no cost to families. The Adoption Support and Preservation program currently serves 290 clients from 22 counties in Illinois. The Baby Fold is committed to supporting adopted families so parents can remain committed to their children.

Population(s) Served

The Baby Fold foster care programs provide safe, nurturing home environments for children. The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) refers these families to The Baby Fold at a time of crisis, often involving abuse or neglect. The children need a caring, stable place to stay until their family can be reunited or another permanent living arrangement can be made. Services are provided for children from infancy to 21 years old.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Serving children at The Baby Fold's Hammitt Elementary and Hammitt Junior-Senior High Schools. Students from 40 school districts throughout Central Illinois attend The Baby Fold's schools when their severe emotional/behavioral or communicative needs exceed what their public schools can provide. Through expert data-driven instruction, specialized curriculums and individualized plans bring children social and academic success. Our older students also receive vocational education opportunities in the community and/or within their school, building job skills for post-secondary life.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Baby Fold's Healthy Start program is a voluntary program designed to build safe and loving environments for first-time or young families. A Family Support Worker meets in the home bi-weekly through the remainder of the pregnancy and weekly during the first nine months of the baby’s life. We assist parents in identifying their strengths and needs, establishing family goals, and linking with community resources. The Baby Fold helps families build safe, economically viable home that are free of abuse and neglect. At the end of the Healthy Start program, the family graduates, knowing they have the resources and knowledge to manage the stresses of life.

Parents can participate in home visiting services until their child turns five years old.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Infants and toddlers

Intact Family Services is a short-term in-home community-based intervention program (6-9 months) that works with families who have come to the attention of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and have been indicated by DCFS for child abuse and/or neglect. The program is designed to assure the safety and well-being of children by assisting families in addressing the issues that gave rise to the indicated report with the goal of maintaining the children safely in the home. The program is designed to help families assess their strengths and needs, set goals, identify resources, learn new skills, and change behaviors that put their children at risk.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Baby Fold works in cooperation with Unit 5 and United Way to run a Community Schools Program at two public schools to bring together all of the stakeholders in a child or young person’s life – school, families, and community. Our embedded social works work identify student needs and the resources necessary to meet these needs so that students succeed at school and beyond.

Our Community Schools model is designed to transform schools by expanding learning time, bringing community-based resources to bear on student and family needs, removing barriers to academic achievement and youth development, and aligning school, community, and family resources behind a shared vision for student success.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Serving 19 counties, The Baby Fold’s Caregiver Connections Program provide consultation and support services to providers in family child care, preschools, and home care settings where more attention needs to be given towards a child’s behavior or social-emotional wellbeing.

The Baby Fold also offers training and professional development opportunities to childcare providers at their request on a variety of topics related to development and mental health in young children. The topics covered include but are not limited to addressing challenging behavior, trauma informed care, culture and diversity, child development, attachment theory, and the importance of healthy relationships.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Baby Fold offers in-service training for teachers in area school districts, and professional staff who work with children in the community. Hammitt School staff, with extensive expertise, are available to provide workshops in a variety of specialty areas and have have custom-designed training programs depending on the need.

Hammitt School staff offer child-specific consultation to school districts that request assistance in designing effective interventions for particular children and their families.

As a well-respected leader in the area of attachment and trauma training, The Baby Fold offers an Attachment and Trauma Fellowship and Certification Program with the goal of helping individuals and providers offer the highest possible level of care to children and families. This three-year fellowship program allows therapists to achieve Certification in Attachment and Trauma Therapy through a structured educational experience with the support of a team of seasoned experts.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

At the Elementary level, we enable students to increase their language and communication skills which improve their acquisition of skills in all areas – social, emotional, behavioral, and academic.

At the Junior-Senior High School, the students’ language and communication skills remain a focus. The Program strives to enhance a positive behavior change and independent functioning of students by utilizing community-based learning environments for the acquisition of functional daily living and vocational skills. The staff works closely with parents to facilitate a successful transition to adulthood.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work


2021 Angels In Adoption Honoree 2021

Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI)

Affiliations & memberships

Licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services 2023

Contracted by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services 2023

Approved by the Illinois State Board of Education 2023

Contracted by the Illinois Department of Human Service 2023

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Through the application of healing-centered care, The Baby Fold's aims to change the trajectory of the lives of trauma-impacted children and families. With intense, therapeutic care, children gain the insight and emotional/communicative skills necessary to positively affect wellbeing. Healthier developmental journeys, improved relationships and increased resiliency in the face of stressors are the transformational results of this vital work in the lives of children and families.

Expert services are offered through a wide variety of programs including foster care and adoption support, special education, early childhood initiatives, autism programs, vocational education, crisis care, and community schools. Through The Baby Fold's training and consultation services, we aim to equip other individuals and providers to offer the highest possible level of care to children and families.

Bringing together all of the stakeholders in a child's life improves their chances for success. The Baby Fold partners with the entire family to treat and address behaviors and circumstances that affect each child. Our therapists and staff regularly connect families to community resources when needed. Ongoing work and collaborations at the State, regional, and local levels serves to improve the efficacy of our programs.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?


Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.55 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.7 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 24% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of THE BABY FOLD’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $393,207 $1,348,537 -$696,304 $3,530,051 -$1,451,424
As % of expenses 2.6% 8.4% -4.0% 19.6% -8.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$68,653 $720,140 -$1,420,698 $2,794,050 -$2,183,971
As % of expenses -0.4% 4.3% -7.8% 14.9% -11.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $15,175,830 $24,541,213 $18,065,882 $18,878,644 $17,486,637
Total revenue, % change over prior year -9.8% 61.7% -26.4% 4.5% -7.4%
Program services revenue 69.9% 47.0% 70.7% 62.1% 67.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 2.0% 1.7% 1.8% 1.9% 0.8%
Government grants 13.2% 13.0% 17.1% 19.7% 20.8%
All other grants and contributions 10.7% 21.5% 6.3% 7.3% 7.8%
Other revenue 4.2% 16.8% 4.2% 9.0% 3.6%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $15,084,613 $16,013,427 $17,581,508 $17,964,648 $18,039,685
Total expenses, % change over prior year -2.7% 6.2% 9.8% 2.2% 0.4%
Personnel 80.4% 79.4% 80.8% 79.4% 78.0%
Professional fees 1.1% 1.9% 2.0% 2.0% 3.0%
Occupancy 5.6% 5.8% 6.0% 6.7% 6.5%
Interest 0.2% 0.3% 0.2% 0.2% 0.2%
Pass-through 0.1% 0.2% 0.2% 0.1% 0.1%
All other expenses 12.7% 12.4% 10.8% 11.6% 12.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $15,546,473 $16,641,824 $18,305,902 $18,700,649 $18,772,232
One month of savings $1,257,051 $1,334,452 $1,465,126 $1,497,054 $1,503,307
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $3,668,500 $923,058 $1,199,965 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $20,472,024 $18,899,334 $20,970,993 $20,197,703 $20,275,539

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 1.2 3.9 3.6 2.0 1.4
Months of cash and investments 7.9 11.1 10.6 11.0 8.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 4.3 4.4 2.7 4.7 3.4
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $1,473,763 $5,238,027 $5,241,805 $3,010,338 $2,044,139
Investments $8,406,526 $9,530,610 $10,264,351 $13,402,572 $10,678,675
Receivables $1,300,743 $2,041,011 $1,913,728 $1,589,162 $1,431,147
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $19,151,914 $19,602,846 $20,624,273 $20,227,179 $20,588,180
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 54.5% 54.1% 54.0% 55.0% 57.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 20.2% 21.2% 28.4% 18.0% 17.3%
Unrestricted net assets $14,107,954 $14,828,094 $13,407,396 $16,201,446 $14,017,475
Temporarily restricted net assets $168,761 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $4,758,220 $8,781,200 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $4,926,981 $8,781,200 $8,771,575 $9,698,710 $8,616,590
Total net assets $19,034,935 $23,609,294 $22,178,971 $25,900,156 $22,634,065

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

President and CEO

Clete Winkelmann

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 09/05/2023
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Board chair

Rob Parent

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Dr. Sandi Scheidenhelm

Illinois State University Mennonite College of Nursing and Chamberlin University

Chad Allen

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Tom Carroll

Illinois State University Mennonite College of Nursing and TMC Leadership Consulting

Jene Pulliam

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Marlene Dietz

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Julie Dobski

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Matt Johnston

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Cory Tello

Special Education Administrator, Retired and School Psychologist, Retired

Rev. Dr. Kent King-Nobles

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Renesia Martin

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Phillip Mitchell

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Rev. Dr. Ray Owens

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Larry Phillips

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Brett Petersen

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Dawn Pote

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Rev. Dr. J. Keith Zimmerman

United Methodist Clergy, Retired

Linda Park

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Robyn Cashen

Tri-County Special Education, LCSW

Rob Parent

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Jim Brown

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Dr. Rosemarijn Tarhule

Illinois State University, Director of Business Operations - Facilities Services

Sylvester Weatherall

Normal Calvary United Methodist Church, Retired


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