Helping America's Most Vulnerable

UPLIFTING ALL PEOPLE

"I love them [Volunteers of America of Illinois], because they've always been there for me" - Mary (former child in our foster care program)

Volunteers of America of Illinois believes that all children need and deserve loving, nurturing families. If a child's birth family is permanently or temporarily unable to provide such an environment, our Child Welfare Services Program works to place the child in a safe, caring alternative family environment.

Children may be placed with a relative or in a licensed foster home while supportive services designed to reunify the family are provided to the birth parents. The primary goal of our Child Welfare Services Programs to achieve permanency for children as quickly as possible either through reunification, guardianship or adoption. We believe the best permanency option is always the one that serves the best interests of the individual child. Our Child Welfare Services Program provides supportive services to the birth family, the child and the foster home/relative caregiver. Services may include counseling, parent training and support, crisis intervention, respite care, case management and emergency assistance.

Our philosophical approach to Child Welfare Services is anchored to a deep understanding of and commitment to the importance of preserving children’s attachments. Our interventions are designed to minimize the trauma and subsequent separation and loss issues experienced by children who are removed from their birth families. A collaborative and participatory approach to decision-making serves as the foundation of our casework practice. Foster parents, birth parents, extended family and the children themselves are actively engaged in the interventions and decisions that move the child to permanency. The goal of achieving the best permanency option for each child is always rooted to an ongoing commitment to ensuring their short and long-term safety and well-being.

Our Foster Care Program is supported by an active Foster Parent Recruitment, Licensing and Training Program that works diligently and in partnership with the communities we serve to generate committed, compassionate and well-trained foster homes to meet the unique and often challenging needs of foster children.

If you are interested in opening your heart and home to a child in foster care who desperately needs stability, security, understanding and love, please contact us immediately about becoming a licensed foster parent. 

The Volunteers of America of Illinois' 2015 Foster Parent Law Implementation Plan is available for review and comment. Click here for a copy of the plan. 

Child Welfare Services

Learn more about Mary's journey through the foster care system and how Volunteers of America of Illinois helped her.

Child Welfare Services Leadership Team

  • Danielle Guzick

    Senior Director of Child Welfare Services

    47 West Polk Street, Suite 250-2 Chicago, IL 60605 Phone: 312-564-2410 I Fax: 312-564-2418 | dguzick@voail.org

  • Jennifer Liggett

    Assistant Supervisor, Child Welfare Services

    47 West Polk Street, Suite 250-2 Chicago, IL 60605 Phone: 312-564-2410 I Fax: 312-564-2410 | jliggett@voail.org

  • Amanda Jolly

    Team Lead, Child Welfare Services

    47 West Polk Street, Suite 250-2 Chicago, IL 60605 Phone: 312-564-2416 I Fax: 312-564-2401| ajolly@voail.org

Did you know?

•    There are more than 3 million reports of child abuse every year in this country 
•    Four children die every day as a result of child abuse – almost 80% of those victims are under the age of 4
•    In Illinois, more than 100,000 children are reported to the child abuse hotline every year
•    Children who do not find a safe, nurturing home while in foster care are significantly more likely to experience mental health disorders, addition and homelessness. 

 

Interested in opening your heart and home to a child in foster care who desperately needs stability? Please contact the Senior Director of Child Welfare Services, Danielle Guzick
Phone: 312-564-2418
Fax: Fax: 312-564-2301
dguzick@voail.org
  • 15,000

    The number of children in foster care in Illinois

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