Parenting & Village Life

Welcoming All Families: SOS Illinois Supports Same-Sex Foster Parents – Foster Parents Article

In February 2020, the United States Supreme Court agreed to decide if private foster care agencies in the U.S. can turn down LGBTQ foster parent applicants under religious objectification. Though a decision from SCOUTS has yet to be made, SOS Children’s Villages Illinois recognizes that at the heart of a healthy foster care family is dedication and compassionate support. It is our belief and practice that diverse single adults and couples provide loving, committed care to the children in our…

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Women are Changing the Foster Care System at SOS Illinois – Foster Parents Article

March is Women’s History Month, a great time to honor the women who have had and continue to have an enormous positive impact on the lives of children in foster care at SOS Children’s Villages Illinois. Much like the larger history of child welfare, women have been one of the driving forces behind transforming children’s lives in foster care for over 30 years at SOS Illinois. This month, we celebrate the history, legacy, and current impact of these women. History…

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Why Becoming a Social Worker for Children in Illinois Foster Care May Be Perfect for You – Foster Parents Article

At SOS Children’s Villages Illinois, our case management team consisting of Child Welfare Specialists and Child Welfare Supervisors is essential to ensuring that each child and family we serve has the support they need. Whether working alongside court systems, mediating between biological and Foster Parents, or hitting milestones towards reaching a child’s permanency goals, these trained social workers in foster care provide the crucial backbone our organization needs to thrive. We invite you to begin or continue your career in…

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From Serving Our Country to Serving Children in Foster Care: How Veterans Make Successful Foster Parents – Foster Parents Article

Those serving our country in the armed forces make incredible sacrifices every day, and all of us at SOS Children’s Villages Illinois are so thankful for all they do. Oftentimes when exiting the military, veterans find themselves searching for a worthwhile cause to devote themselves and their time to once they return to civilian life. Becoming a full-time Foster Parent at SOS Illinois is the perfect choice for veterans as it provides them with the ability to continue to make…

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Akiem Hicks, Chicago Bears Defensive Lineman, Visits SOS Childrens Villages Illinois – Foster Parents Article

Thrilling energy filled the atmosphere of SOS Children’s Villages Illinois’ “Tailgate Tuesday” on September 10, 2019. In celebration of the beginning of another academic year, SOS Illinois staff, Foster Parents, children, and volunteers gathered on the green space of the Chicago Village for an afternoon jam-packed with football-themed activities, tailgate treats, and plenty of laughter. Among the buzz was the anticipation of the arrival a special guest who would be paying to our unique Illinois foster care agency: Chicago Bears’…

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