One of our primary missions at Child Link is foster care provided to area children through a contract with Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. We are proud to announce that on our most recent DCFS review, we were ranked Number One in the state for ensuring the children in our care are placed into stable homes with loving families. Our scores are excellent in all the areas of DCFS reviews, including child safety, legal support, and court performance.
How do I Become a Child Link Foster Parent?
Call 312-377-4735 x237 to become a Child Link foster parent. Our licensing department will work with you to obtain a foster care license for your home and sched- ule you for the required, free training. After licensing and training are completed (a process that can take 3-6 months) children can be placed in your home. Becoming a foster parent is a rewarding experience and Child Link is here to support you.
Traditional Foster Care
Child Link foster care offers traditional foster care to assist families without relative support. Our foster parents provide safety and support, and ensure the well-being of clients in our program. When children are removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect, and when no one else is there to help these unfortunate youths, Child Link is there to offer unconditional support.
Home of Relative Foster Care
Child Link encourages Home of Relative Foster care to ensure family ties are maintained through the Child’s difficult transition into foster care. It is imperative that children feel supported and have familiarity throughout this transition. Child Link’s goal is to lend continued support and well-being for all clients in the program.
Adolescent Foster Care
The Child Link Adolescent Foster Care Program serves at risk adolescents, ages 12-21, with conventional adolescent issues and emotional needs. The program was established for DCFS children who have suffered traumatic experiences and have difficulty integrating into a traditional family. Because these children have not had the opportunity to connect with a caring adult and lack positive role models, they often engage in risky behavior. Adolescents in this program receive individualized services that promote stable relationships, protect them from victimization, and assist them in developing and achieving healthier goals. In addition, Child Link provides these less fortunate youths the necessary support to graduate high school, attend college, acquire vocational training, and build positive lasting relationships.
Bilingual Program for Latino Foster Children
Child Link believes that allowing families to participate in a bilingual program is essential to ensuring all children and youth are prepared for success, despite any language barriers.
Child Link strives to provide bilingual services for those children and families who require such needs. A conscious effort is always made to place a Spanish-speaking or bilingual child into a foster home to avoid any language barrier. Child Link staff performs a language determination when needed to identify the primary language of the foster child and his or her potential foster family.
As a member of the Latino Consortium, Child Link partners with multiple child welfare agencies to organize resources and support for Latino families in Chicago and throughout the state of Illinois.