The SOS Children’s Villages Illinois model of care is a unique one: we employ full-time, professional Foster Parents who live and care for our children in one of our Village communities. For SOS Illinois Foster Parents, their job is not just a full-time job—it’s a full-time vocation. Because Foster Parents are the foundation of the SOS Illinois model, we are looking for passionate and dedicated candidates to create stable home lives for our children. By creating a stable home life, SOS Children’s Villages Illinois Foster Parents help children overcome devastating pasts and gain confidence about their world and their dreams for the future.
Successful Foster Parents must meet the following minimum criteria in order to move forward in the application process.
Valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, and clear driving record
DCFS (Department of Children and Family Services) background clearance
DCFS medical clearance
Must be at least 25 years of age
Must have a high school diploma or equivalent
If applicable, must adhere to the policy of bringing only one biological or adopted child (12 and under) into the Village home
Must be willing to move to one of our three Villages (Lockport Village, Chicago Village, and Roosevelt Square Village)
Must be willing to commit to three years of service as a full-time, professional Foster Parent
Background and Skills
SOS Children’s Villages Illinois is looking for nurturing individuals, domestic partners, or married couples interested in devoting their lives to the profession of Foster Parent, who are:
Experienced with children, either as parents or by working with children in another environment
Adept at supporting the needs of behaviorally complex children with a history of mental, emotional, or physical trauma
Able to discipline fairly and willing to learn behavior-management skills
Skilled in managing a household and a budget
Self-sufficient thinkers with a collaborative spirit and positive outlook on life
Beyond the minimum criteria and experience, successful SOS Illinois Foster Parents excel by possessing the following qualities:
Adaptability: Becoming an SOS Children’s Villages Illinois Foster Parent is a lifestyle change. Having the ability to swiftly settle into your new home and environment is essential to being as responsive and supportive to your children as possible—from day one—no matter the challenge or change.
Patience: All of our children have endured some sort of deep trauma. SOS Illinois Foster Parents have the patience and fortitude that helps heal the deep emotional, mental, and sometimes physical wounds of abused and neglected children whose families are in crisis.
Positivity: We all have our good days and our bad days. SOS Children’s Villages Illinois Foster Parents are treasured optimists who can see the silver lining in a less positive situation or turn any frown into a smile.
Resourcefulness: Sometimes not every answer or resource is available to us on a whim or when we need it. SOS Illinois Foster Parents know how to improvise and tackle any problem or task with composure and without even blinking an eye. They also know when and where to ask for help.
Most importantly, SOS Illinois Foster Parents are ready to make a full-time commitment to providing a loving, safe, and secure home for the children in their care.
Are you curious about learning more? Please complete the online application and begin a conversation exploring this unique opportunity.
Additional Salary Information: Professional Foster Parents receive a salary, full benefits, and are provided with an account to pay for all living expenses for children in their care. They reside in an SOS home and utilize a company vehicle for transportation. Many supportive services for the children in our care are provided on-site. This is unique to our model and enables our Professional Foster Parents to provide the highest standard of care for our children.
About SOS Children’s Villages Illinois
For 25 years, SOS Children’s Villages Illinois has provided the highest quality of care for Illinois’ most vulnerable children and families. We are the first self-funded SOS organization in the United States. Since our beginning, we have carried on the successful track record of SOS-Kinderdorf International in transforming children with a broken childhood... into caring, productive, self-reliant adults.
In addition, we have pioneered a number of successful programs such as providing SOS Children continued support as they enter young adulthood, and empowering parents to pursue successful reunification of their families. Learn more about us and our model at www.sosillinois.org.