Getting Started

Foster Care

Thank you for your interest in fostering Illinois children. Each year, thousands of children enter foster care in our state, and they need all the love, support, and stability they can get.

As you explore becoming a foster parent, please consider the following:

  1. Understand the temporary nature of foster care. Many children in care may return home to their birth families. That means they would not be joining your family on a permanent basis. Under these circumstances, your role as a foster parent will be to provide love, safety, and security for a child during a challenging time.
  2. Recognize the value of family connections. Children in foster care have been removed from their birth families. Because of this separation, it will be important for them to maintain safe, loving relationships with appropriate family members or fictive kin. If a child is separated from his or her siblings, it will be important to maintain those relationships as well, to the extent that those relationships are safe and appropriate.
  3. Prepare for the licensing process. This includes: a home study in which a social worker will visit you and your family to ensure you are able to care for a child; 27 hours of PRIDE classes; a criminal background check; fingerprinting; and medical clearance. The entire process can take several months.

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, please contact us to get started today. We can answer any questions you may have, and can refer you to an agency that can start the licensing process.