Who We Are
SOS Children’s Villages Illinois offers an innovative approach to traditional foster care. Our model enables siblings to stay together in a nurturing, stable, single-family home in the care of a full-time, professionally trained Foster Parent in one of our three Villages. The Village setting offers wraparound services for the children and families we serve.
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.
Goya Learning Kitchen
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.
For over 30 years, SOS Illinois has provided the highest quality of care for Illinois’ underserved youth and families. It is the first self-funded SOS Children’s Villages organization in the United States and has operated as its own 501(c)3 since 1993.
Since our beginning, we strive to provide children and youth in care with the highest level of support and resources. Today, we continue to do so by recognizing the importance of families and communities working together to reach the common goal of reuniting healthy families.
The unique strength of our Villages lies in the collective power of dedicated Professional Foster Parents, Child Welfare staff, Clinical Therapy programs, and many more on-site services working together to help underserved children and families.
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17545 Village Lane
Lockport, IL 60441
Opened in 1993, located on 20 acres near Joliet, IL. The Village is comprised of 18 single-family homes, a community and learning center, a playground, and an administrative building.
7600 S. Parnell
Chicago, IL 60620
Opened in 2004, located on 7.5 acres in the South Side of Chicago. The Village is comprised of 17 single-family homes, a community and learning center within an administrative building, a community garden and green area.
Roosevelt Square Village
1133 W. 13th St.
Chicago, IL 60608
Roosevelt Square Village
Opened in 2014, located near the medical district and UIC campus. The Village is comprised of 14 single-family homes. The Tim McCormick Community Center opened in 2021 has a state of the art learning kitchen and offers programming for the children and families we serve as well as for the broader community.
4538 S. Hermitage
Chicago, IL 60609
Acquired by SOS Illinois in 2011, Casa Tepeyac provides In-Home Family Services, Prevention Programs, and Resources to the Back of the Yards neighborhood and beyond.
216 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite #925
Chicago, IL 60606
The Administrative Office is located in the southwest Loop of Downtown Chicago. It serves as the centralized hub for operations in the Advancement, Communications, Finance, and Human Resources Departments.
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 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!
Awards, Accreditations & Honors
In 2023, the Tim McCormick Community Center was awarded the Chicago Building Congress Merit Award in the Commercial Construction Under $50 million category at the CBC Merit Awards. The CBC Merit Awards celebrates the building industry by highlighting Chicagoland projects built during the three previous years.
In 2015, SOS Children’s Villages Illinois was named Top 20 Charities in Chicago by Chicago Magazine.
In 2012, SOS Children’s Villages Illinois was recognized by Chicago Magazine as one of the 15 charities in Chicago to be awarded the “Gold Standard”
In 2009, SOS Children’s Villages Illinois was awarded the Richard H. Driehaus Award for both Architectural Excellence in Community Design and Outstanding Non-Profit Neighborhood Real Estate Project for the Lavezzorio Community Center at Chicago Village.