Foster Care

Every child deserves a loving home

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CARITAS FOSTER CARE PROGRAM

We take a whole-family approach to foster care.

The primary goal of foster care is ensuring the safety and well-being of the children served by the program. When children cannot live with their parents due to abuse, neglect, extreme poverty, mental health issues, or substance dependency – Caritas helps provide a loving foster home. If there is a difficult home situation that does not present a danger to the child, our Intact Family Services team intervenes while keeping the family together.

Our goal is always to first ensure the safety and well-being of the children, while we help the parents correct their situation. Our case managers work to heal the whole family so they can be reunited whenever possible. When returning children home is not an option, we provide alternative permanency placement through adoption or guardianship.

Caritas provides three types of foster care:

Fictive Kin Foster Care

Whenever possible, we look for a relative of the child, or close friend of the family – someone the child knows and trusts, to provide foster care.

Traditional Foster Care

If there is not an appropriate relative available to care for the child, we place the child with one of our foster families. There are hundreds of Caritas foster families we have vetted and trained to provide a temporary loving home.

Specialized Foster Care

When children have special emotional, behavioral, or medical needs, we have foster families who are trained to provide the extra care these children will need.

how to help

Become a Foster Parent

There is always a need for loving, caring, stable adults to open their hearts and homes to foster children. See if foster parenting is for you.

DONATE MONEY

We need funds to vet and train foster parents, pay case managers, and ensure foster families have the resources they need. Donate now.

DONATE goods

Foster families come to us to get clothes for children in their care. Donate Clothes.

MORE WAYS TO HELP

See other ways you can support Caritas Family Solutions. 

Learn what foster
care is really about and how it strengthens our community.

Foster Parent Implementation Plan

Foster Parents are entrusted with the health, safety, and welfare of abused and neglected children. With this important trust comes certain rights, responsibilities and opportunities to be represented and to participate in representing foster families and children. Caritas Family Solutions has an Implementation Plan for The Foster Parent Law which is evaluated under the authority of the Statewide Foster Care Advisory Council every November.

View this training module to learn more about the Foster Parent Law and how it is implemented at Caritas Family Solutions Once you have reviewed the presentation, please take this short quiz. Licensed Caritas Foster Parents can receive 2 hours of training credits for successful completion of the quiz.

If you as foster parents have questions, comments, concerns, and/or suggestions about what is written in the Implementation Plan, we ask and encourage you to contact us. Your input regarding this plan is important and will be considered when updating the plan each year.

Valuable Resources:
Being an Educational Advocate
Normalcy Policy Lets Foster Parents Make “Normal” Decisions
Guidelines for traveling with children in foster care
Foster Parent Grievance Procedure

Caritas Family Solutions is licensed by the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services Lic. #003976.
 

Navigating the VTC (Virtual Training Center)

Navigating the VTC (Virtual Training Center)
If you want to know the training requirements for becoming a foster parent or you are a licensed foster parent and want to know where to take more training, this video is for you.

Success Stories

Jocelynn Wiggins

Jocelynn Wiggins

Jocelynn and her younger brothers were in foster care, and spent much of their youth packing bags and moving between relatives’ homes and foster care placements. Jocelynn always wanted to take care of her brothers and said the hardest part was watching her younger brothers go through all the moves with her. After she began building a life for herself, the possibility of her brothers getting separated became very real, so she knew what she had to do.

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