Wraparound Services for Foster Families
The Wraparound Program works to keep youth out of foster or therapeutic residential care, stabilize foster care placements, and help youth achieve permanency.
Services are provided to youth and families served by DCFS in Madison and St. Clair (Illinois) counties. These services facilitate child and family teams and provide traditional and non-traditional support to youth and families.
Wraparound services include mentoring, budget planning, organizational skills, identifying local resources, and any services that help maintain a family’s mental well-being when involved in DCFS care.
Independent Living Opportunity
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. Youth who are parents also receive assistance to ensure their children receive proper care.
New Life Parenting Program
New Life Parenting Program serves youth in foster care who are pregnant or parenting. 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 is accomplished by working alongside the youth, youth’s child, foster parents, service providers, and caseworkers to develop and work towards individual parenting goals.