Become a Foster Parent

The main goal of foster care is to provide children and teens with temporary, safe, and caring home environments during times of crisis, until family conflicts are resolved, and they can be reunited with their families.

Foster care is often required because the child’s parents are unwilling or unable to provide adequate care, the family breaks up, or the child needs special care and support.

What is Foster Parenting?

  • Providing love, understanding, and guidance to a child who needs to develop physically, emotionally, and socially

  • Opening your home to a child who has been abused or neglected

  • Venturing into a relationship to guide a child through his/her growing years

  • Embracing a child into the security of your stable home and family


 Today’s foster parents are:

  • Patient

  • Supportive

  • Accepting of differences in others

  • Willing to make a commitment

They are members of a team and have good communication skills, a sense of humor, a willingness to grow and learn, a capacity to give and an ability to provide good supervision.

Who Can Be a Foster Parent?

Singles and couples of legal age may become foster parents.  Illinois requirements include:

  • A safe residence with adequate bedroom space for a child

  • Adequate income to provide necessities for yourself and any children placed with you

  • Pre-service training

  • A physician’s statement verifying physical health (including TB test)

  • FBI fingerprint and background clearances

  • Three personal references

What Kind of Support Does a Foster Parent Receive?

  • A monthly check to cover the child’s food and clothing, and a personal allowance

  • Medical card from the State of Illinois

  • Daycare expenses paid for each child

  • A licensed caseworker assigned to your family to offer support

The Foster Child

Foster children represent all ethnic groups and all ages, from infants through teens.  Some children have developmental disabilities and need special care.  Some children have behavioral or emotional problems as a result of neglect/physical, sexual or emotional abuse.  Every foster child deserves the love, affection and guidance that a caring and committed family can provide.

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