Diocese of Rockford Catholic Charities

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555 Colman Center Drive
P.O. Box 7044
Rockford, IL 61125
United States

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Monday 8:30 AM-12 PM,1-4:30 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM-12 PM,1-4:30 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM-12 PM,1-4:30 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM-12 PM,1-4:30 PM
Friday 8:30 AM-12 PM,1-4:30 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
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Welcome to Catholic Charities Adoption Program! Catholic Charities has been providing adoption services for over 100 years. We are a licensed child welfare agency with the State of Illinois. Catholic Charities has several adoption programs to assist you in your adoption journey. For a variety of reasons our adoption services are on a temporary hiatus. Over the course of 2019, we will evaluate the program and determine the program's future structure and scope. Please feel free to check in for updates, and pray for our efforts to serve.

  • Private Adoption   (on hiatus)
  • International Adoption   (on hiatus)

Services and information

  • Adoption

Requirements to become a foster parent

You must meet minimum requirements to provide foster care for children in Illinois. To become a foster parent, you must:

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Attend foster parent orientation
  • Pass a background check
  • Finish 30 hours of foster parent training
  • Complete the Home Study
  • Provide at least three references
  • Clear a physical exam
  • Maintain financial stability

Foster families must be able to provide a safe and comfortable home for a child. You must provide room for the child to have a bed and enough space for personal belongings.

Foster parents do not need to be married or have a partner. However, if married, couples must show a stable marriage of at least one year before they can foster a child in Illinois.

Foster parents need to meet a child's basic care needs, such as providing meals and clothing. Foster families must also support a foster child's education and assist them in developing social skills.

Contact the DCFS or a local licensed child-placing agency to learn more or begin the fostering approval process.

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