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Hoyleton’s Foster Care & Adoptive Services program serves approximately 200 children annually throughout the Metro East region. Our professionals advocate for children and families during some of the most challenging moments of their lives. The team works with biological families to see if the family structure can be rebuilt, places the children in foster homes to care for them during the process, and finds adoptive families when that is determined to be the best course of action.

Specialized Foster Care provides services such as individualized care plans to youth with special needs in the following areas: mental health, behavioral, medical, and or developmental. Foster parents receive individualized and group training to assist in the care of these clients.

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Most people who can provide an adequate and loving home are eligible to foster. As a foster parent you:

  • May be single, married, divorced, or separated and living apart from a spouse for 12 months or longer.
  • May or may not have birth or adopted children.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Must be able to financially manage the addition of a child or children to the family.
  • Must be able to pass background clearance.
Becoming a foster parent in the State of Illinois requires a license. This license is obtained from the state, through Hoyleton. Obtaining a foster care license takes an average of 3-6 months and involves several components including, but not limited to:
  • An orientation meeting during which you will learn about Hoyleton and the needs of children who require a foster home. You will also learn about the foster care licensing process. In Illinois, families must receive a license before foster children come to live with them. Licensing ensures that children are placed with nurturing families and in homes that meet the standards set by DCFS.
  • An application for licensure.
  • Criminal background check with fingerprinting.
  • Training classes (an average of 9-30 hours) provided by the agency.
  • Home study and interviews. Before issuing a license, the agency will make sure that your home is a safe place for children. Generally, a foster home will:
    • Be clean, well ventilated, properly lighted and heated, and free of fire hazards.
    • Have a safe water supply. provide protection from poisoning and injury.
    • Have room for a child.
    • Have an operating telephone or quick access to a telephone.

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Hoyleton’s Independent Living Opportunity guides older adolescents as they transition from foster care to an independent lifestyle. Young people live in their own apartment and receive instruction on skills such as money management, housekeeping, and attaining educational or vocational goals. Residents who are parents also receive assistance to ensure their children receive proper care.

New Life Parenting Program serves youth in foster care who are pregnant or parenting. We understand that parenting a child as a teenager or young adult can be challenging. The goal of New Life is to assist youth in celebrating their child’s “new life” and develop goals to create the best possible “new life” for themselves and their child.  New Life focuses on working with youth to develop nurturing, effective, and safe parenting skills. This will be accomplished by working alongside the youth, youth’s child, foster parents, service providers, and caseworkers to develop and work towards individual parenting goals.