Needed: Loving Families
Nearly 18,000 children are part of the Illinois child welfare system. In most cases, foster families parent the children until they can return to their birth families. If this is not possible, then caring adoptive families will be needed for these children.
Could you be a foster or adoptive parent? Many kinds of parents can foster or adopt. You don't have to be married or own your own home. But you do need to be licensed by the state. Here are some of the state's criteria:
- You can be married or single.
- You can have other children or none.
- You should be at least 21 years old.
- You must pass a criminal background check.
- To adopt, you must be able to provide for the child or children (although financial assistance is often available).
Find out more about becoming a foster family or an adoptive family (and please note that the State of Illinois honors LGBTQI families, and that sexual orientation is not a factor in the licensing process).
You can also visit our Learning Center, where you can read articles about adoption and check out our adoption success stories.