FCS History

Family Counseling Services has a history of meeting the most immediate needs of its community. Family Counseling Services was founded in 1877 by a group of citizens concerned with the well-being of individuals and families in our community.

Originally called the Ladies Union Aid Society, the organization has been renamed four times in its 145+ years, as it evolved to meet society’s needs.

In the beginning, the Rockford community sought an organized means to relieve everyday suffering for those who couldn’t afford basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter. Much later, as government aid programs were developed to meet those needs, the organization’s focus switched from financial help to counseling.

Many local independent agencies formed as a result of FCS programs, including Visiting Nurses Association, Winnebago County Mental Health Association, Goodwill Industries, Goldie Floberg Center, Ken Rock Community Center and Rockford Day Nursery.

Today, FCS therapists work with people from all walks of life with a wide range of mental health conditions. Although anyone can experience mental health issues, not everyone has easy access to professional counseling to help them manage their mental health. FCS strives to provide access to services for all, including those with low household income and/or no insurance.

FCS is committed to providing everyone with the highest level of care.