Hoyleton Youth and Family Services

Become a Foster Parent

Provide a loving home for a child in need.

The need for loving foster homes has never been greater, and our team is always looking for parents that want to explore this opportunity. While there are challenges that come, the love a child shares far outweigh them. We look forward to starting a conversation with you soon.

Eligibility Requirements

If you’re able to provide an adequate and loving home, then you’re 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.

Licensing Process

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 and provide protection from poisoning and injury.
    • Have room for a child.
    • Have an operating telephone or quick access to a telephone

Contact us to learn more.

If you’re interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent, complete the form below and we’ll reach out to start a conversation.