Jewish Child and Family Services

Contact Information

216 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60606
United States

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DayHours
Monday9AM - 5PM
Tuesday9AM - 5PM
Wednesday9AM - 5PM
Thursday9AM - 5PM
Friday9AM - 5PM
Saturday9AM - 5PM
Sunday9AM - 5PM
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Since 1859, JCFS has offered services infused with Jewish values to help, heal, and strengthen children, adults, and families in Chicago and beyond.

With services that are infused with Jewish values and compassion, we work to make our community inclusive and accessible for people of all ages and abilities.

For individuals and couples seeking to build or grow their families, JCFS Chicago provides consultation, support and education.

Consultation & Resources

  • Information about the adoption process and connections to adoption home study and placement agencies, attorneys and more
  • Information about foster care, including foster-to-adopt
  • Infertility support and resources
  • Post-adoption support and resources
  • Adoption, Foster Care & Infertility Resources

Services and information

  • Traditional Foster 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.


Ratings and Reviews

Average user rating

4.3 / 5
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Ken Money
Jul 24, 2020

The staff at jcfs center is beyond the most,compassionate , caring , and dedicated people. I would like to personally thank Carina,Iliana,Jessica,Sharon for all of there support and time and generosity. They go beyond the work and truly care . Thank you all so very much.

Rating: 5

alicia briceno
Jul 20, 2020

Compassionate and professional

Rating: 5

Jay Wages
Feb 07, 2020

It is a nice place to work, the issues that exist can be resolved if management starts to listen to the

Rating: 3

Christopher Siderreal
Aug 08, 2018

This place was really terrible. The person I worked with assumed that just because I was from a bad neighborhood that my intelligence was capped at a certain level. They talked down to me every time I went in. The person I worked with gave me false information over eight months, and then tried to put the blame on me by lying when I told them about what they did. The person I worked with was someone who just passed a few classes to get a degree, knows how to "play the part", but doesn't belong in the field that they're in. I really don't recommend going here at all. Working with this organization was one of the worst times in my life, and they're supposed to be here to "help".

Rating: 1

Thomas Atkinson
Jun 29, 2017

here for a photo class with Rick. he's awesome

Rating: 5