Keeping families together
Caritas Intact Family Program
When families face a struggle that could become detrimental to the children, the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services refers them to Caritas. We work with the parents to change the behavior that puts their children at risk. We provide services and tools to help the parents resolve their situation, to prevent it from getting to a point where the children would need to be placed in foster care. Our goal is always to keep families together whenever possible, and this program brings early intervention to resolve the situation before it becomes a danger to the children.
In many cases, the parents are facing such extreme poverty, they’re engaging in risky behavior to survive, and are unable to feed their kids, or even provide a safe place for them to sleep. We help them find affordable housing, stock up on groceries, provide baby supplies, and connect them to community resources
Services Caritas Provides to Families
We monitor families to ensure they are receiving needed services.
We provide access to needed physical, mental, and behavioral health services.
We help parents improve their parenting skills to help them provide safe, loving homes for their children.
Safe Sleep Initiatives
We make sure babies have a safe place to sleep, and never leave a home without providing a “pack ‘n play” if the family does not have a crib.
Community Based Services
We refer families to support groups, food pantries, employment training and continuing education programs.