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Specialized Foster Care

Meeting the Special Needs of Challenged Children

Many foster children have special needs that extend beyond common emotional or behavioral issues. Foster children who have suffered severe trauma, have extreme behavioral or medical issues, such as ADHD, sexually aggressive behavior, learning disabilities, Autism, cerebral palsy, and HIV require highly specialized care. More importantly, foster families coping with these children need intensive support.

The Children’s Home + Aid Specialized Foster Care program provides services and support for physically, behaviorally and emotionally challenged children and the foster families caring for them. The program works toward permanency by providing intensive case management, comprehensive mental health services along with medical, dental, optometric, developmental, and educational services specific to the child’s needs. Training programs are designed to give foster parents the requisite tools to address the needs of the child and cope with difficult issues. Supportive services such as family therapy, respite, and support groups are provided for the child, biological parents and the foster parents. And, an extra supplemental reimbursement is provided to assist with additional needs.

Specialized Foster Care is offered in the Northern Metropolitan Chicago, Central, and Southern Regions.

Children’s Home + Aid recognizes, respects, promotes and celebrates the value of cultural diversity and will ensure that each client’s ethnic or cultural customs, practices, and beliefs, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, disability, and/or community differences will be respected by agency staff.

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