Lutheran Child and Family Services

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One Oakbrook Terrace, Suite 501
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
United States

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Monday 8 AM-4:30 PM
Tuesday 8 AM-4:30 PM
Wednesday 8 AM-4:30 PM
Thursday 8 AM-4:30 PM
Friday 8 AM-4:30 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
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Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois improves the well-being of people across the state by protecting children, strengthening families and building futures for those who have experienced trauma. We do this as a leading provider of a variety of child welfare services, including foster care, adoption, counseling and preventative programs. As a welcoming organization, LCFS serves people of all faiths, races, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender expressions and gender-identifications. LCFS is the second-largest community-based child welfare agency in Illinois, dedicated to improving the well-being of people across the state by protecting children, strengthening families and building futures for those who have experienced trauma. If you or someone you know is interested in providing a safe and nurturing home to children in need through foster care or adoption, learn more on our website or call (800) 363-LCFS.

Services and information

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

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

2.5 / 5
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Marisha Carrington
Sep 18, 2023

These people have caused me the worst kind of problems. Adoption is stressful in itself then to add people who don’t care but just want to be paid is unreal being that you are working with families. Where is the empathy? Sympathy? Kindness? Compassion? If you’re looking for that in an organization, you won’t find that here. There were several that should have been held accountable but was not because they are all the same. Rude and unconcerned.

If I ever had the chance to work with them again, I would absolutely choose to do something else. I'm not sure who is worst Little flowers adoption agency or LCFS. I had a terrible adoption experience with both. They ruined what ought to have been a wonderful period in our (my family) lives. No mercy, no compassion, everyone is paid a ridiculously amount of money but you're left to fend for yourself. They never have or even attempted to have a solution to any of our questions or concerns. They only cared about money and the birth mom; not even the child. The only good thing was meeting my son. He made it all worth it 🥰
If you’re thinking about working with them, You might be better off handling the adoption process on your own as they are no help at all.

This is my experience with all parties and I will share on all platforms as families need to know what they are getting themselves into when adopting. I never thought I would experience this type of trauma doing a good thing.

Rating: 1

Christina Rodriguez
Mar 10, 2023

What a joke

Rating: 1

Megan Sullivan
Mar 02, 2023

We have had a great experience with LCFS through 2 infant adoptions!

Rating: 5

Glenellyn Stinson
Oct 10, 2022

The agency removed the children after being in my home for only 3 weeks. I explained to the case worker when the children were first placed in my home that I needed to have my daughter and sister help me with caring for the 4 children since I am a senior citizen. She never told me that they needed to be finger printed. When the children came to me they were all sick with colds. I found roaches in the bags of clothes brought with them. I later found out from the parent that the children were moved back to the same foster home they had been removed from. I had no idea that the children were going to be removed until the day they came to pick them up. This agency is very poorly run and needs to be investigated.

Rating: 1

Sep 13, 2022


Rating: 1