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We envision a future where
every child in need receives
resources, care, and support so they can thrive.

That’s a future we can all believe in.

The Children’s Home Association of Illinois provides community support services to at-risk youth, the people who love and care for them, and the people who no longer can.

Children's Home Association of Illinois 155 Years Logo

For more than 155 years, Children’s Home Association of Illinois has provided community support services to at-risk youth in the City of Peoria, Illinois and surrounding Tri-County Area.

Our mission is to help the kids and families who need it most.
We believe every child in our community deserves an opportunity to succeed, despite the insurmountable barriers that have been placed in their way. We are committed to raising up our community by transforming the lives of at-risk youth and families through education, clinical and community support, prevention, and residential placement services.

Our vision is to change the lives of the kids who will change the world.
The services we provide don’t just impact the individual child, they create positive ripple effects within their immediate family, neighborhood, community, and world by providing the opportunity to thrive.

A CHAIL Success Story

Story of Children’s Home

Family Connects

The Academy for Autism

Executive Team

For more than 155 years, Children’s Home Association of Illinois has provided community support services to at-risk youth in Peoria, Illinois and surrounding Tri-County Area.

Scurry Miller, President & Chief Executive Officer

Scurry Miller

President & Chief Executive Officer
[email protected]
309.685.1047

Stephanie AlKhafaji, Interim President and CEO

Stephanie AlKhafaji

Chief Operating Officer
[email protected]
309.687.7275

Camille Simpson, Chief of External Affairs

Camille Simpson

Chief of External Affairs
[email protected]
309.687.7256

Angie Stock, Chief Financial Officer

Angie Stock

Chief Financial Officer
[email protected]
309.687.7295

Daudi Mbuta, VP of Residential Services

Daudi Mbuta

VP of Residential Services
[email protected]
309.687.7315

Dan Ramos, VP of Education

Dan Ramos

VP of Education
[email protected]
309.687.7779

Jodi Schwindenhammer, VP of Foster Care

Jodi Schwindenhammer

VP of Foster Care
[email protected]
309.687.7361

Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees is a group of community professionals committed to giving back in a way that makes a big impact, overseeing decision-making, financials, fundraising, and advocacy.


Lisa Gates,  Chair RLI
Stephanie Ricketts, Vice Chair David Vaughan Investments
Ryan Miller, Treasurer PNC Bank
Mary Gordon, Secretary WMBD/WYZZ
Dr. Barry Clemson, OSF Healthcare
Tracy Hermann Coker, Dewberry
Aaron Diefenthaler, RLI
Kenny Elsasser, Elsasser Farms
Steve Kool, Vermeer Midwest
Paul Lippens, Maui Jim

Cori Rutherford, Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino
Laurie Studer, community volunteer
John Sutherland, P.J. Hoerr
Kyle Tompkins, Hasselberg Grebe Snodgrass Urban & Wentworth
Jill Weiss, community volunteer
Dr. Kelvin Wynn, University of Illinois College of Medicine
Dawn Zink, Caterpillar Inc.
Jeff Zircher, Caterpillar Inc.