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Foster Parenting and Foster Care


On any given day, there are nearly one half-million children in foster care in the United States. Over 20,000 of those children are in the Chicagoland area. For these children, the best result is to be placed in a strong, supportive family. Child placement is the most critical issue facing public child welfare systems. There just are not enough families signing up to be foster parents. There are so many displaced and neglected children who need the love and support of a family and there are so few families to provide that shelter and love in the foster care system.

While individual children and their circumstances are different, the core set of needs children have in order to achieve their full potential does not. All children need nurturing relationships, nutritious foods, adequate clothing, sleep, exercise, access to health care, a healthy living environment, safe communities, adult guidance, and access to a quality education. Childserv has programs that help with these core set of needs. We are committed to engaging people everywhere in promoting the well-being of children, youth, and their families, and protecting every child from harm.

You can have a tremendous impact on a child in need by opening your home and your heart. At the same time, you will enrich your own life while helping a child succeed. Childserv takes extra care to place children in just the right homes and provides specific training, counseling, and support to assist each child in developing positive social, educational and emotional skills and discovering their strengths and potential for future success. Together, we can change the world, one life at a time.

Childserv works with DCFS to help place foster children in loving homes and our group homes.

Please take a moment to read how you can impact a child’s life by becoming a foster parent.

 call us at (773) 867-7323.

How Can I Become a ChildServ Foster Parent?

  • Be a licensed foster care parent or willing to be trained to become a foster family, and willing to take at least one child for foster care.
  • Provide loving, stable home, and provide guidance for short or extended stays in foster care.
  • Satisfy the foster parent requirements (listed below).
  • For up-to-date information on Foster Parent Law, please see below.

Info Sessions
The agency hosts Foster Parent Recruitment and Orientation Sessions on the following dates in Chicago. There are no fees or obligations to attend, and parents are particularly needed for Spanish-speaking children, teen moms and specialty foster care situations.

2016 Dates:

January 11th

February 15th

March 21st

June 20th

July 18th

August 15th

September 19th

October 17th

Please call (773) 867-7323 for details.

Place: Harold Washington Professional Building, 5401 S. Wentworth 2N
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
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Foster Parent Requirements

As a Foster Parent, you must be:

  • Stable, mature adult (at least 25 years old).
  • Single adult or a married couple.
  • Financially stable & responsible.
  • In good health, confirmed by a physical examination report.
  • Able to provide references as part of a background check.
  • Able to participate in a licensing process which will include interviews in your home to discuss your ability to care for foster children.
  • Participate in pre-service training for new foster parents, which occurs every 3rd Tuesday at 2 different ChildServ sites. (Please see below for details and to RSVP.)
Your Home Must:
  • Be clean, well-ventilated, free from hazard and have appropriate light and heat.
  • Have sufficient bedroom space.
  • Have an operating telephone.
  • To begin the licensing process to contact the Licensing Recruiter at ChildServ, (773) 867-7323.
To be successful with foster care, your family will:
  • Ensure that children are supervised appropriately for their age and development.
  • Provide a safe, secure, and nurturing environment.
  • Treat the foster child as one of their own children.
  • Be patient, understanding and sensitive individuals.
  • Be responsible for transporting children to necessary appointments, such as medical and dental.

To be considered for having a child placed in your home, or to receive helpful training contact ChildServ at 773-867-7323 or


Upcoming Meeting Dates for the Foster Parent Implementation Plan

These meetings provide an opportunity for foster parents to review the foster parent implementation plan.


To learn about meeting dates or ask questions, please email Parent Law Frequently Asked Questions:

What is Foster Parent Law Plan?

It establishes public policy 20 ILCS 520 regarding the rights and responsibilities of foster parents as an essential part of the child welfare team. ChildServ is responsible for developing an annual plan for implementing the plan. Department of Children and Family Services and Private Agencies are responsible for developing annual plans for the law to insure that foster parents are provided with the information and support to fulfill their responsibility to full participate as a member of the child welfare team.

How can you participate in the development of the Plan?

Each year ChildServ holds meetings in September to discuss needed revisions to the Plan. Foster parents can provide feedback on needed changes and will endorse the Plan once finalized.

If you are unable to attend a meeting, you can complete the Foster Parents Feedback Form (Click Here) and email it to or fax it to (773) 867-7364, attention: Lynsey Sloan.

Foster parents can participate on the Foster Parent Advisory Council (FPAC) and assist in the development of the annual plan. If you are interested in becoming a member of the FPAC, please see the handbook listed below.

What you should know about the 2015 Plan?

Our newly revised 2015 Foster Parent Law Plan is available in English, and is available in Spanish by calling (773) 867-7364.. As part of the Foster Parent Law Plan, foster parents must be notified of ChildServ's Appeal/Grievance Policy, which is available below.

To obtain a copy of the below policies in in Spanish and/or English, contact ChildServ's Program Director at A summary version is also available.