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Foster Parent Resources

Support Services Available to Foster Families

Support services are important for the foster family in order to ensure a successful placement.

Support services include:

  • Frequent meetings with the case worker
  • Monthly financial assistance paid to the foster parent to help cover the cost of the child’s food, clothing and personal allowance
  • All necessary medical care paid by the state
  • An individualized plan for the foster child every six months
  • Training and support groups for the foster family
  • Services to help the foster child adjust to new surroundings
  • Respite care to give foster parents some time off from their foster care responsibilities (specialized foster care)
  • Comprehensive mental health services for the child
  • Educational Advocacy

For additional foster parent resources, select from the following:

Foster Parent In-Service Training

To view or download the schedule of Foster Parent In-Service Training sessions for Winter/Spring 2014, please click here. For more information or to sign up for a Foster Parent In-Service Training session, please contact Julie Green, training coordinator, at or call 312-455-5342.

Foster Parent Advisory and Support Group

Foster Parent Advisory and Support Group meetings will be conducted by Kurt Kalas and Sonya Jordan, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, on Saturdays:

  • New schedule will be available shortly.

For more information about the Foster Parent Advisory and Support Group, please contact Kurt Kalas at, or Sonya Jordan at

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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