Rutledge Youth Foundation

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151 N. Bruns Lane
Springfield, IL 62702
United States

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Monday 8 AM-7 PM
Tuesday 8 AM-7 PM
Wednesday 8 AM-7 PM
Thursday 8 AM-7 PM
Friday 8 AM-7 PM
Saturday 8 AM-7 PM
Sunday Closed

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Foster Care (Home of Relative,Traditional and Specialized)
The RYF Foster Care Program provides a home-like environment to young men and women, ages 0 to 18. Clients remain in foster care an average of two years. Most of the girls and boys living in Foster Care leave the program and either enter the Group Home/TLP or ILO. While in the Foster Care program all children recieve intensive Case Management services.The Agency began when a group of prominent citizens decided that there needed to be a place that was an alternative to the Department of Corrections for teens.

Services and information

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

4.0 / 5
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Rich J
Sep 21, 2023

Michelle is a vacation maker who has spent her career as someone who claims to care about the health and welfare of children. Her only concern is when 5 pm comes or when vacation time comes because she is lazy and doesn’t do anything in a timely manner.

Pete is a hot mess. He doesn’t control his temper or emotions and is a really bad guy who doesn’t respect people’s personal boundaries or property.

Dont do business with Rutledge!

Rating: 1

William Harlan
Jul 14, 2023

Place is a joke dont care about the kids at all they are all just collecting a check. They talk about other peoples cases dont care about the kids well-being or what happens to them and give the parents who dont care about there kids way to much leeway the supervisor is lazy and dont even help when its needed i will never again foster kids bc of this foundation

Rating: 1

Jennifer Sorenson
Dec 27, 2022

I wish EVERYONE Knew about this Amazing Place!!
I wish you could spread the word on a Larger Scale, to Help these Children.
I Love the Staff and their efforts to Love!
Bless You, and All of the Work you do to help Children!🌹🫂🥰

Rating: 5

Sweet E
Apr 10, 2022

These people bribe and coerce the children under their care.

Rating: 1

Dec 01, 2018

This agency abuses clients. I pray they shut their doors

Rating: 1