According to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, one in five Illinois children is abused before the age of 18. Furthermore, in the 2014 Fiscal Year, there were 109,776 alleged child victims of abuse and neglect in Illinois. Addressing such a widespread problem isn’t easy, but we’re working hard to make a difference. Association House reaches out to both families and vulnerable children — referred to us by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Our team of professionals supports children in DCFS custody and works with families to create safer homes. Our goal is the safety, well-being, and development of children and adolescents with a history of trauma. We promote resilience and hope for children and help parents develop nurturing relationships with their children through child welfare and support to more than 200 families annually.

Association House of Chicago accepts referrals from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. The Nurturing Parenting Program is a family-centered trauma-informed initiative designed to build nurturing parenting skills as an alternative to abusive and neglecting parenting and child-rearing practices. The long-term goals are to prevent recidivism in families receiving social services, lower the rate of multi-parent teenage pregnancies, reduce the rate of juvenile delinquency and alcohol abuse, and stop the intergenerational cycle of child abuse by teaching positive parenting behaviors.

Intact Family Services

Intact Family Services provides support to prevent the separation of children and families by identifying problems and risk factors and helping families obtain training and support to keep children at home. All cases are referred by the Illinois Department of Child & Family Services.

  • If you suspect a child is being harmed or is at risk of harm, report it at 1-800-25-ABUSE so that families can get the help they need before it is too late.

Foster Care

Foster care provides prevention and treatment services tailored to the family and focused on the children. Our services include child advocacy, parenting education, and coaching, home visitation, therapy, and case management. We are the only bilingual foster care provider in the community.

Become a Foster Parent

Foster Parent Recruitment includes recruiting, training and assisting with licensing of new foster parents, as well as assisting with adoptions, when appropriate. To become a foster parent in Association House’s Child Welfare programs, you must have:

  • Legal residency/citizenship of the United States
  • Extra Bedroom in home
  • Medical exams for each person residing in home
  • Fingerprinting for each person residing in home
  • Income
  • Completion of 27 hours of Foster Parent Training
  • 3 reference letters

For information on how to become a foster parent, please call Cynthia Valentin, our Foster Care Licensing Representative at (773) 772-7170 ext 2106.

Additional Resources

Illinois Relay Service:
TTY 1-800-526-0844
Voice 1-800-526-0857