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Honoring Don Biernacki, SOS Illinois Board President

After four years of service at SOS Children’s Villages Illinois closing a bond deal, opening a Village, launching a capital campaign, closing in on building a new community center, all while continuing to ensure that every child in our care receives love in a safe and stable home environment, we wanted to take the opportunity … Read More »

Part IV: Prevention and Permanency a Common Goal for SOS Illinois and the Family First Prevention Services Act

While preventing youth from becoming a part of the system cannot always be the case, before children enter foster care, it is the goal of the Family First Prevention Services Act to attempt to provide intervention services for the families of these at-risk youth in the hopes of correcting a situation without removal of the … Read More »

Part III: SOS Illinois' Supportive Role in Education and Clinical Services

The Family First Prevention Services Act, passed in February 2018, focuses on establishing home-like environments for children in foster care. These communities are centered around licensed clinical staff in order to provide a place of healing and hope in a way that helps to break the cycle of youth entering the foster system. This is … Read More »

A Community United: The Roosevelt Square Community Center Announcement

SOS Children’s Villages Illinois unveiled the final design and plans for the Roosevelt Square Community Center at a special announcement on Wednesday, October 24 at 13th Street and Blue Island Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. In attendance were corporate partners, Board Members, and staff in support of the project, which will serve the SOS Illinois Roosevelt … Read More »

SOS Illinois Hosts DCFS Partners at Quest for Permanency Conference

The foster care system across the United States is taking great strides to reduce the length of time that children and teens spend in foster care. In Illinois, the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has prioritized permanency – the state of a child or sibling group being placed with a forever home – … Read More »

A Time to Remember Nonprofits During the Holidays: Giving Tuesday 2018

We are proud to be a part of Giving Tuesday, November 27, 2018. Join us on this day of giving. From the smallest towns to the biggest cities, people across cultures, boarders, and oceans will unite for the 6th year on #GivingTuesday. What is Giving Tuesday? You are probably familiar with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, … Read More »

Part II: The Crucial Role of the Foster Parent (at SOS Illinois and Beyond) to the Family First Act

SOS Children’s Villages Illinois has a model of care that sets itself apart from all other Chicago foster care agencies because we offer entire communities for our children in foster care rather than just a single home. We believe in developing strong, solid foundations for the children in our care. Our devoted and loving Foster … Read More »

The Origins of Sweetest Day Remind Us to Support Youth in Foster Care

In the Great Lakes Region of the United States, greeting card aisles are lined every October with colorful messages about Sweetest Day – a holiday to show special attention to loved ones, especially your sweetheart. However, did you know that the origins of Sweetest Day tell a different story; a story focused on children facing … Read More »

Part I: The Family First Prevention Services Act Follows SOS Illinois’ Model of Care

On February 9th of this year, the Family First Prevention Services Act was put into effect by Congress and signed by the president, changing the future of foster care and shining a light on the incredibly positive effects that organizations like SOS Illinois are having on children in foster care. This is part I of … Read More »

12 Weeks of Giving: Opportunities for Holiday Gift Donations

With fall days growing crispier in Illinois and the streets lined with colored leaves, we cannot deny that we are getting closer to the holidays. At SOS Children’s Villages Illinois, the winter season often inspires our supporters to show generosity to the children in our care through intentional donations to spread holiday cheer in our … Read More »

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