Foster PRIDE classes are hosted by DCFS in the Quincy area. Participants must complete the total of 39 class hours which offer potential parents the opportunity to explore fostering possibilities. In addition to the classes, potential parents will be asked to fill out an application and everyone living in the home must receive a current physical. The state of Illinois requires that a criminal background check including fingerprints be run on all applicants. You will also be asked to supply references which will be contacted. The entire licensing and training process may take up to six months.
Completion of the foster parent licensing process does not require you to participate as a foster parent. If you find upon completion that foster parenting is not for you, you have the option to withdraw from the program at any time.
If you decide to accept a child into your home, Chaddock staff will work with you to find the child that best fits your family, and a family that best fits each child. Foster parents always have the final say on placement decisions.
FOSTER CARE SERVICES:
Two levels: Relative and Traditional (including Specialized)
Licensed foster homes
Case manager/supervisor support 24 hours a day
Extensive training/continuing education for Foster Parents
You don’t need to be perfect to provide a welcoming, safe home for a child - you just need to share the belief that every child deserves a chance, and be willing to share your love with those who are truly in great need.