About Us

What makes us unique…
Families, couples and individuals in crisis situations often wait three to six weeks for help from community agencies. Kairos Family Center is committed to a no-wait policy. Requests for service are responded to within 24 hours and the average waiting time between initial call and the first counseling session has typically not exceeded seven working days.
Also unique to Kairos is its “family systems” approach to therapy. As such, in addressing our client’s needs, Kairos staff take into account how problems both affect, and are affected by, the different environments in which people live and work. Kairos staff also specializes in a team approach to counseling, offering an added dimension in certain therapy situations.
Who we are and why we began…
In 1975, there was a limited number of family therapy services available to people of all income levels in the Elgin area. Existing community services were overloaded with clients. Concerned about the need for counseling from a family perspective, two mental health professionals and a minister approached a local church for rent-free space and a loan to get started. Kairos Family Center was on its way.
Today, Kairos Family Center is operated as a private, not-for-profit agency by a Board of Directors representing a cross-section of the area’s business, educational, and religious organizations. All staff have masters degrees and specialized training in couple and family therapy.
To maintain independence from governmental red tape, no federal, state, or local public funds are solicited or utilized by the sector. Administrative costs are kept low, and staff members work on a part-time basis