Volunteers of America of Illinois

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47 West Polk Street
Suite 250-2
Chicago, IL 60605
United States

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Monday9AM - 5PM
Tuesday9AM - 5PM
Wednesday9AM - 5PM
Thursday9AM - 5PM
Friday9AM - 5PM
Saturday9AM - 5PM
Sunday9AM - 5PM
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Volunteers of America is a national nonprofit organization providing local human service programs and the opportunity for individual and community involvement. The words “there are no limits to caring” represent an enduring philosophy of service that spans three centuries. The founders’ pledge “to go wherever we are needed and do whatever comes to hand” still guides the organization’s growth and development efforts today, more than 125 years since the organization’s birth.

VOA Illinois is one of the oldest affiliates of the Volunteers of America family, which is a national nonprofit, faith-based organization that was founded in 1896 by social reformers Ballington and Maud Booth. They envisioned a movement dedicated to “reaching and uplifting” the American people. On behalf of the organization, the Booths pledged to “go wherever we are needed and do whatever comes to hand. Today, VOA Illinois supports individuals, families, and communities who need it most, when they need it most.

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.

Ratings and Reviews

Average user rating

3.6 / 5
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Vera Bowman
Aug 20, 2023

Two months of phone and email tags just to speak to someone about employment help. Based on these other reviews and my experiences, I’ll look elsewhere; and to think SSA referred them to me.

Rating: 1

Fred Redmond
Feb 27, 2023

Providing services and support for veterans who are struggling or in crisis and instability.

Rating: 5

Susan Garza
Feb 15, 2023

This agency treats foster children like objects to sell and make money off of them. They will lie and lie. The caseworkers are not trained and lie on their reports, such as going to children’s schools, which we have proof of, they do not listen or obey to court orders. They lie to the judges. Instead of keeping children with family, they spilt them up to be vicious. These children must feel abandoned and the trauma they suffer is from the VOA. Also, they make false DCFS reports. They now need to be investigated for what they do. The sooner the better. They ruin children’s lives one at a time.

Rating: 1

Kristin Gavin
Jan 17, 2023

This is a horrible agency that should have nothing to do with children. They are all liars and only care about the money they get from the state.

Rating: 1

Corey Goodman
Mar 29, 2022

VOA provides an array of services to the community as a whole. This is in reference to assisting individuals with disabilities, veterans, legal support, and child services.

Rating: 5