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Nearly 2,000 children find forever homes as part of IL DCFS' 'Home for the Holidays' campaign

(Source: Illinois Department of Children & Family Services) (Source: Illinois Department of Children & Family Services)
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Nearly 2,000 children found forever homes as a part of Illinois Department of Children and Family Services "Home for the Holidays" campaign. 

Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Director George H. Sheldon said the department found a forever home for 1,742 children in care, surpassing their original goal of 1,000.

Breakdown:

  • 848 children found permanency with a parent 
  • 759 children found permanency with an adoptive parent
  • 135 children found permanency with a guardian

“Every child deserves to be loved, to have a family and a forever home,” Sheldon said. “One of the most important things we can do is find a permanent home for our children. It’s a great feeling when you can give a child the gift of a home and a family for the rest of their lives, and we have pushed to complete as many as possible in time for the holidays.”

The Illinois DCFS, in partnership with other stakeholders, works to find a permanent family relationship for each child in care. The goal of the department is to reunite a child with its family whenever possible. If family reunification is not possible, the goal is to find a permanent, loving home, through adoption or a permanent guardianship.

To accomplish this, case managers work in partnership with Children’s Legal Services attorneys, guardians ad litem, judges and other child welfare stakeholders to identify safe, appropriate homes for the children.

Click here to find out more information about how to become a foster and/or adoptive parent in your community.

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