As of October 31, 2012 there were 6,864 children in Illinois placed in non-relative foster homes.

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Most children are removed from their families because of abuse and/or neglect. They need a safe, loving family to help them remember that they matter. They need someone to listen to them and provide unconditional support as they cope with the crisis that brought them into foster care and the trauma they have experienced.

The Center for Youth and Family Solutions licenses foster parents who do more than just provide food, shelter or clothing. We partner with singles and couples who will work with us as part of our professional child welfare team to make a difference in the life of a child.

Are you a patient and caring person? Do you enjoy being with children and helping them reach their fullest potential? Are you willing to welcome a child into your home, even for a little while? We understand it is a big decision, and that you may have been thinking about it for a while. Whether you just want more information or are ready to start the licensing process, we would love to hear from you and talk with you about how you can become part of our foster care team. Please contact the Foster Licensing Program for more information.

News coverage of the foster care system is often in response to stories about the struggles and triumphs of the children in care, and most of the public perception of foster parents is based on stereotypes and misconceptions. Listen to this broadcast from NPR’s Talk of the Nation, where a foster parent who has fostered over 40 children in 15 years discusses her experience.

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