SOS Children’s Villages Illinois advances the safety and wellbeing of children by keeping siblings together in foster care, empowering youth, nurturing strong families, and partnering in the development of communities.
SOS Children’s Villages Illinois aspires to provide every child a bright future with a forever home that thrives in a strong connected community.
At SOS Children’s Villages Illinois, we share the following values, and they define our work with each other, with children and families, and with the community:
Compassion – We are driven by our care for others and practice empathy by listening to all.
Inclusion – We take pride in creating equitable environments and providing access to resources for all.
Integrity – We honor our commitments in an ethical manner to build trust and credibility.
Adaptability – We are growing, innovating, and ready to adjust as new opportunities arise.
Sibling Foster Care
Our Sibling Foster Care program gives children and youth in foster care the opportunity to grow up with their siblings and remain together as a family, with the support of a live-in Professional Foster Parent, in-house case management team, as well as clinical therapy and other on-site services.
In-Home Family Services
In-Home Family Services help families build on their strengths, tackle tough problems, and stabilize to help youth deal with issues related to delinquency, academics, and relationships. This program helps parents gain effective parenting skills, attain support services, resolve conflict and crisis, deter gang involvement, and improve social, life, coping, and academic skills.
Health & Nutrition Education
The Goya Learning Kitchen program offers Cooking & Nutrition Programs to the community of Illinois. We work with a team of workforce specialist who help secure great jobs for all training participants. Participants receive Culinary Training, Job Placement Support, and additional Support Services.
SOS Children’s Villages is founded in Austria by Hermann Gmeiner to provide aid to children orphaned or abandoned during World War II.
SOS Children’s Villages Illinois is Incorporated as an Organization.
In 1993, SOS Children’s Villages Illinois is funded and becomes the first self-funded SOS Children’s Villages in the United States, operating as its own 501(c)3.
This year the Lockport Village opened its doors, offering 10 single-family homes, an administrative building, and a playground to the Lockport, IL community.
In 2004, the Chicago Village is founded through a partnership with the City of Chicago. Mayor Richard M. Daley joined SOS Illinois for the opening ceremony of the Chicago Village, which offers 16 single-family homes, an administrative building, and a green area.
In 2007, the Lavezzorio Community Center opened at the Chicago Village. This community center serves as home to educational, recreational, therapeutic, and childcare services offered by SOS Illinois and its community partners at the Chicago Village.
This year, YMCA also opened a daycare center inside the Lavezzorio Community Center, providing the Auburn-Gresham neighborhood with access to much needed childcare services.
SOS Children’s Villages Illinois acquires Casa Tepeyac to provide comprehensive youth and family services to at-risk youth in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.
April 2012: SOS Children’s Villages Illinois purchases an additional home at the Chicago Village, bringing the total to 17 homes.
December 2012: SOS Children’s Villages Illinois secures funds from the City of Chicago, obtains land from the Chicago Housing Authority, and approves the development of a Village in the Roosevelt Square neighborhood of Chicago, IL.
SOS Children’s Villages Illinois opens the Roosevelt Square Village, providing 14 single-family homes designed to provide stable housing and critical supportive services to the youth and families we serve.
SOS Children’s Villages Illinois celebrates our 25th Anniversary and honors the legacy of our founders, donors, supporters, staff, and youth who have enriched our community for over two decades.
SOS Children’s Villages Illinois receives the Council of Accreditation for the fourth year in a row. The Council of Accreditation means that SOS Illinois’ programs, services, administration, and management have been rigorously evaluated and meet best practice standards on our continued mission to provide the best care and support to the children and families we serve.
SOS Children’s Villages Illinois celebrates 30 Years of service to the underserved families and communities in Illinois! Watch our 30th Anniversary Video here!
SOS Children’s Villages Illinois opens its doors to a new Community Center for the Roosevelt Square Village designed by internationally recognized architect Juan Moreno and construction led by Lendlease.
This community center serves as home to educational, recreational, therapeutic, and childcare services offered by SOS Illinois and its community partners.
The Roosevelt Square Community Center is renamed the Tim McCormick Community Center, in honor of previous Chief Executive Officer, Tim McCormick. Tim dedicated over 18 years of service to SOS Illinois and worked diligently to ensure our youth and families receive the best care and resources available for them.
SOS Children’s Villages Illinois welcomes Delphine F. Rankin, Ed.D, as new Chief Executive Officer!