Family Service Center

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919 South Spring Street
Springfield, IL 62704
United States

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Monday 9 AM-4 PM
Tuesday 9 AM-4 PM
Wednesday 9 AM-4 PM
Thursday 9 AM-4 PM
Friday 9 AM-4 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

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We love our foster parents, and we know they are a critical part of our team that we cannot do without. Foster parents care for children who have been taken into DCFS custody due to an abuse or neglect hotline allegation. Foster parents do almost everything a parent does: guide and nurture, help with homework, provide meals, take the child to medical appointments, attend school meetings, and provide the child with a stable home environment. Perfection is not required - but an open mind and heart are.

Become a Foster Parent
Family Service Center is always looking for new foster parents. Foster parents must be at least 21 years of age, have a stable and sufficient income, have a safe home, have no criminal history, be in good physical and emotional health, be able to complete the required training and home study process, and genuinely care about children. Family Service Center proudly works to license families regardless of marital status, sexual preference, or race.

Family Service Center is committed to improving the lives of families through foster care, adoption, and counseling services.

Services and information

  • Traditional Foster Care
  • Specialized / Therapeutic Care
  • Emergency Foster Care
  • Respite Foster Care
  • 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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