By Marc Bermann, Foster Parent Recruiter
There are approximately 20,000 children in foster care in the state of Illinois.
50% of them have chronic medical problems; 30% are victims of various forms of abuse and neglect. Many of them have significant issues of attachment and loss resulting from childhood trauma.
Prior to foster care, sometimes these children are removed from their home and taken into protective custody by the state. They may be placed in a temporary shelter or substitute care with a relative. Biological parents can terminate their parental rights by choice or court mandate.