SUPPORT PROGRAMS FOR FOSTER CHILDREN & YOUTH
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.
Assisting young people in care become successful adults.
Lifeset helps young people get a good start on becoming successful, independent adults. The program is based in the community, so our clients can meet their LifeSet Specialist at times and places that are convenient for them. The Lifeset program aims to provide youth, who are moving into adulthood, with the best possible foundation by walking beside them to ensure that have the necessary tools to achieve success once they are out of foster care.
The program might be right for you if you are:
17.5-21 years old
Have a permanency goal of independence
Lack significant family support
Have unstable housing
Experience mental health issues