Lawrence Hall Youth Services

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4833 N. Francisco Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

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Monday 8:30 AM-5 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM-5 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM-5 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM-5 PM
Friday 8:30 AM-5 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
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Serving Chicago as well as Cook, DuPage, McHenry, Kane, Lake, and Will counties, our Foster Care program takes every measure to ensure that the foster child is provided with supportive foster parents and caseworkers that are sensitive to childhood trauma. In addition, youth in care receive additional supports in the form of individual and family therapies. Our goal is always the child’s successful transition to a stable, long-term placement—also called “permanency”—whether it is with their birth family, guardianship, or an adoptive family.

If nurturing is in your nature, fostering a child can be a powerful way to help families in your community.


Services and information

  • Traditional Foster Care
  • Emergency Foster Care
  • Respite Foster Care

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

3.7 / 5
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Jackson Focken
May 05, 2023

I was a youth at Lawrence Hall Youth Services for one year and it feels like one of the most inhumane places to live for young adults to gain their independence in their life. If I would give Lawrence Hall Youth Services a freedom score I would give them 25 out of 100. I would recommend Lawrence Hall for anyone under the age of 14.

Rating: 1

kathy williams
Feb 16, 2023

They don't do there job.. what happens to make sure the kids go home safe..they want the foster parent to all the work..just visit once a month..the workers lie as if the parent is cooperating..just so they can closed the case..that been open for 4 they lied. Some worker at Lawrence Hall include the lawyers for the kids not doing there job..God help the kids that they returning to people that show or not trying to get there kids..

Rating: 1

sharon Harris
Jan 22, 2021

I love working with the Awesome caring staff and the lovely Residential that live there.

Rating: 5

Austin Ramirez
Jul 21, 2019

Free tay ✊✊🤡💯

Rating: 1

Tony Quintanilla
May 26, 2016

Doing a great job hosting After School Matters cooking programs for high school students.

Rating: 5