Strengthening Foster Parents
JCFS Chicago knows that you—the men and women, couples and families who provide a healing home to children in need—are a pillar of strength, patience and love. We also know that it takes more than that and we are here to strengthen you as you parent the most vulnerable among us.
Most of the children we serve are designated as “specialized” and have emotional, behavioral, mental health or developmental issues that require therapy, medication and, if they are school-age, an Individual Education Plan (IEP) at his or her school. In addition to having experienced trauma or neglect, they may have medical issues, as well.
When we say that we are here to give you the help you need, we mean it. We provide ongoing training to prepare foster parents for all kinds of situations. When you become licensed with us you become part of our Care Team, which consists of supervisors, therapists, case managers, a nurse, a legal advocate and administrative support staff.
You have 24 hours a day, seven days a week on-call access to your case manager and the rest of the Care Team. We also provide you with respite care, nursing, individual and family therapy, group therapy, life skills classes and more. Some of the therapies we provide include behavioral management,attachment/loss, communication and sexual abuse awareness and prevention.
Our caseworkers and therapists have a balanced caseload and intensive supervision to ensure these children remain in a safe environment, receive the best of care and your foster family has support and resources.