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Foster Care and Adoption

"Faith in Families" seeks to reduce the number of children in foster care, decrease the amount of time children spend in the system and ensure that each child has a permanent connection when they leave foster care.

By 2015, DCFS seeks to accomplish the following goals:

Reduce the number of children in foster care

  • Safely reduce the number of children in foster care by 1,000
  • 95 percent of all children returning home will not return to foster care

Reduce the amount of time in Foster Care

  • 85 percent of children will exit Foster Care within 24 months of entering - either through reunification with family or adoption
  • 50 percent of those in foster care are adopted within 24 months, exceeding the national standard of 37 percent
  • 75.2 percent of children will be reunified with their family within 12 months, equaling the national standard

All children exiting foster do so with a permanent family connection

  • 95 percent of all children will exit foster care in a permanent placement - adoption, reunification
  • All children exiting foster care will do so with permanent connection

Learn more about the Faith in Families Initiative



Expand Your Family Through Adoption!

Adoption Services works to provide children who are legally free for adoption with a forever family. Services include the assessment of families who apply to adopt, matching available children with available homes, preparing children for placement, and providing services to our adoptive children and families before, during, and after placement is made to include provisions of adoption subsidy services to eligible families.

Become a Foster Parent!

Foster Care is a protective service provided to children in custody of the Department of Children and Family Services. It provides substitute, temporary care (e.g., foster family home, residential care facility, etc.) for a planned period of time when a child must be separated from his or her own parents or relatives.