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From LifeSet to Police Officer: Fryday Catch-up

DATE: February 1, 2023
If you were part of Hoyleton in 2020 you may have met or heard a story or two about former client Fryday Nelson. This young man, and his son Zai'den, stole the hearts of many when they were special guests at our Hoyleton Honors banquet back in February of 2020. After completing the ILO program, […]

The Importance of Cultural Identity for Foster Youth

DATE: December 2, 2021
Cultural identity plays a key role in children’s lives; it is a significant part of who they are. Oftentimes cultural identity is marginalized or disregarded for children in foster care, which can lead to higher levels of loneliness and depression, lower self-esteem and difficult psychological adjustments that in turn affect coping skills and learning. Therefore, […]

How One Foster Family Is Making a Difference in the Life of a Youth With Disabilities

DATE: October 19, 2021
Hoyleton Youth and Family Services provides specialized resources and support during extenuating circumstances. Nicole and Nick Nolte quickly became aware of these opportunities when they were contacted by DCFS regarding a friend’s daughter, Ariana, who at the age of 11 was placed in protective custody and admitted to Cardinal Glennon Hospital suffering from signs of […]

Hoyleton | It Takes a Village

DATE: August 13, 2020
In Phylicia’s last blog, she discussed how it takes a village, and in this piece, she will explore that village a little more.  When a child comes into care, the investigator works with the parents to find family members to take the child. Placing a child with a family member is done to help make […]

Foster Care| Foster Care Beyond COVID-19

DATE: June 25, 2020
Foster Care| Foster Care Beyond COVID-19 As the country slowly begins the phase-in process, our community leaders and social service advocates have been concerned about the well-being of our nation’s children. During the shelter-in-place order, with school and daycare center closings, the number of calls reporting child abuse dropped drastically. With fewer calls being reported […]

Foster Care | Daniel Waters

DATE: May 28, 2020
As May draws to a close, we want to thank the individuals who open their hearts and homes to our communities’ youth. Choosing to foster a child is an important decision, and taking the next step can seem overwhelming. However, foster parents are a welcomed shelter from the storm and provide a safe place for […]

National Poison Prevention Week March 26, 2020

DATE: March 26, 2020
National Poison Prevention Week raises awareness of poison prevention nationwide during the third full week of March every year. During this week, we have an opportunity to highlight the dangers of poisonings and help with prevention for people of all ages and promote community involvement in poisoning prevention and ways to prevent tragedies. Hoyleton is […]
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Counseling Care | Helping Foster Families Find Balance During Stressful Times

DATE: March 19, 2020
As Illinois families enter their first week of self-isolation, the need for finding balance during periods of uncertainty is crucial for a family’s mental, physical, and emotional well-being. New information and the introduction of policies and procedures at the state and federal level leave individuals bombarded by information overload, but also anxious regarding the full […]

Mentoring: Balance and Opportunity

DATE: January 2, 2020
"The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves." -Steven Spielberg As individuals say good-bye to 2019, and usher in 2020, we are provided with an opportunity to embrace new challenges. The idea of One Word defining an individual's focus allows them to […]

Therapeutic Residential Home | Caring for Hoyleton's Youth

DATE: November 22, 2019
“Home is where love resides, memories are created, friends always belong, and laughter never ends.” What makes a house a home? Is it the structure—a roof, four walls, windows, and a door? Or, is it the individuals who live within those walls creating memories together, and sharing the messiness and memories of life? The reality […]

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