We serve children that are placed in substitute care for whom the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services have legal responsibility. These children require placement in licensed foster homes, or our emergency shelter due to abuse and neglect. All children and youth served by our Foster Care program must be referred by the Department of Children and Family Services.
What we offer
Current Foster Care Parents
Foster parents are at least 21 years of age, law abiding, mature adults who have their own living space with appropriate accommodations for youth in care. Our staff are on-site 24 hours per day to support the professional foster care parents and youth in the program. Services include intake, discharge planning, stabilization services, trauma remediation, and transitional services.
Prospective Foster Care Parents
Orientation for new foster parents is conducted twice monthly. This orientation provides prospective foster parents with information on requirements for becoming a licensed foster parent. This initial meeting gives the prospective parent and the agency the opportunity to determine whether to proceed with the licensing process.
Our child welfare workers provide ongoing case management including location of parents, visitation planning, service planning, resource referral and linkage. The cases are continued with the agency until permanency is achieved (return to home, adoption, or guardianship).