F O S T E R & A D O P T I O N S E R V I C E S
Have you ever thought about opening your heart and your home to a foster child? Each week, children in our Western Illinois area are in need of a safe and loving home. Chaddock is consistently rated as one of the top foster care agencies in the state of Illinois. Foster parents shape lives and in the process experience both the challenges and rewards that come with the task.
If you are married, single, male, female, young, old, with no children, grown children, children at home, living in town, on the farm, in a big house, or renting an apartment, Chaddock can help you take that next step to becoming the family a child needs.
BECOME A FOSTER PARENT
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. Anyone interested in participating in Foster Pride classes should contact Scott Wheelock, 217.222.0034 ext. 459, to discuss becoming a foster parent.
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 takes 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. Foster parents always have the final say on placement decisions.
FOSTER CARE SERVICES:
Two levels: Relative (including Fictive Kin) and Traditional (including Specialized)
Licensed foster homes
Case manager/master's level therapists 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.
To explore foster parenting please contact Scott Wheelock at 217.222.0034 ext. 459.
TAKE THE NEXT STEP: ADOPT
The ultimate goal of our foster care program is to provide a safe and loving home for children in need. Every effort is made to heal broken family units and return children to a secure and caring home with their birth parents. When this is not possible, we work to transition children into adoptive homes.
When adoption becomes the next step and foster parents express a desire to make a child’s placement permanent, Chaddock facilitates foster care conversion adoptions.
Chaddock never accepts legal custody of the children in our care and is not in a position to make a custody decision. However, Chaddock’s Foster and Adoption Services Department does make placement recommendations to the Department of Children and Family Services which launches the adoption process through legal screening procedures.
Chaddock solely provides the contracted adoption conversions service through the Department of Children and Family Services and adheres to the rules and procedures outlined by the State of Illinois. Chaddock is licensed by the State of Illinois, as a Child Welfare Agency.
ADOPTION SERVICES INCLUDE:
Interviews with the child to be adopted and other members residing in the home
Child Abuse & Neglect Tracking System search within the State of Illinois
Criminal search with the Office of the Inspector General
Interview with school providers
Families also must complete a fingerprint-based background check. Chaddock then provides a recommendation of service needs, concerns noted, and recommendation of adoption if appropriate.
GENERAL ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR ADOPTIVE PARENTS
All adoptive parents must meet State of Illinois Licensing Standards for Foster Family Homes which includes the following:
All members of the household must provide medical evidence that they are free of communicable diseases or physical and mental conditions which affect the ability of the family to provide care
Criminal background clearance for all household members age 18 or older and CANTS clearance for all members 13 years or older. Certain criminal convictions prohibit an individual from being licensed
Applicants must be single or married
Applicants must be 21 years or older
Home must meet standards for space and safety
Applicants will be required to participate in a training program
All fees for adoption conversion services rendered are provided by the Department of Children and Family Services and not the adoptive parent.
For additional information on Chaddock's foster care and adoption conversions, please contact Scott Wheelock at 217.222.0034 ext. 459