Foster Care Home Licensing
Foster care services provided by Bethany for Children & Families are supported 24 hours a day by experienced case managers and master's-level supervisors. Training is required for foster parents at all levels of care, as well as annual continuing education to enhance their skills.
Foster care is temporary care; the goal is to reunite the child with their birth parents or relatives whenever possible. Matching the needs of each child to the special strengths of each foster family is another major consideration. When locating a foster care placement, the child's home community is first considered so the child may attend the same school. Permanency is achieved through Return Home, Adoption, Guardianship, or Independence. The length of time a child will be placed in a foster home will vary for each situation, but the goal is for a child to be in foster care as short a time as possible.
Traditional Foster Care - Serves children who have been determined to be abused, neglected, or dependent, and who are in need of an out-of-home placement.
Relative Family Care - Serves children who have been determined to be abused, neglected, or dependent, or who are in need of an out-of-home placement, or are being stepped down from a more intensive placement to be placed in the home of a licensed relative.
Specialized Foster Care - Serves children who have been determined to be abused, neglected, or dependent. The children have significant behavioral, developmental, or emotional issues. They require more intensive services and monitoring, or may be in the process of being stepped down from placement.
(No fees are charged to the client if referrals are from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.)