Three Women and Girls in Sports Who Experienced Foster Care

In honor of National Women and Girl’s in Sports Day, SOS Children’s Villages Illinois is taking a look at three incredible women athletes that experienced foster care during their youth and rose to become successful and positive role models for millions of young girls today. Award-winning Gymnast, Simone Biles As the first African-American to be … Read More »

Selfless Love: Reunification from a Foster Parent’s Point of View

We cannot help but feel surrounded by love in the days leading up to Valentine’s day. Heart-shaped boxes of chocolate line store shelves and children stuff tiny, folded cards into decorated shoeboxes after exchanging treats in class. We feel inspired to share stories of love; testimonies of the care we provide to one another. At … Read More »

SOS Illinois Celebrates Black History Month 2019

Each February, Black History Month honors the legacy, achievements, and contributions made by African Americans throughout United States history. The annual month of recognition, which holds roots to organizing efforts by Carter G. Woodson in 1915, was made official by U.S. President Gerald Ford in 1976. Upon his proclamation, Ford shared that Black History Month … Read More »

SOS Illinois 2018 Year in Review: Top 10 Snapshots

Each year, we are graciously overwhelmed by the successes of the youth in our care, made possible by the dedication and support of our friends, donors, and partners. With your help, every challenge is met with optimism, every barrier is overcome with determination, and every milestone is celebrated with love. 2018 proved to be eventful … Read More »

The Happiest of Holiday Seasons Were Brought to SOS Illinois

Once again, your support made the holiday season full of meaning and memories for our youth. The 2018 holiday season was a truly memorable and exciting time for the children at SOS Children’s Villages Illinois, full of celebration and the spirit of generosity. We were fortunate to gather in celebration for holiday parties at each … Read More »

How the Opioid Crisis Impacts Foster Care

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week is the last week of January, and with that, SOS Children’s Villages Illinois is looking at the impacts that opioid use has on the foster care system. The work we do in our community to keep children healthy and drug-free pairs closely together with how we maintain relationships with the … Read More »

Why You Should Consider Becoming a Foster Parent Couple

For SOS Illinois Foster Parents, their career is not just a full-time job—it’s a full-time vocation. Foster Parents are the foundation of the SOS Illinois model, and they create a stable home life that aids children in overcoming difficult pasts, healing from trauma, and gaining in their dreams. While you are able to become a … Read More »

Annual Meeting 2018: Building a Legacy

On December 5, we gathered at Drinker Biddle & Reath for our 2018 Annual Meeting to reflect on our accomplishments and celebrate how we as a community are building a legacy for children in foster care. 2018 Honorees In the company of our Board of Directors, staff, corporate partners, and supporters, we gather together each … Read More »

End-of-the-Year Giving Guide

Your end-of-the-year giving to nonprofit organizations plays a vital role in their ability to touch more lives and create more opportunities for those in need. When you give to a nonprofit like SOS Children’s Villages Illinois, you’re providing opportunities that might not otherwise be there for the children in our care with your gifts of … Read More »

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 »

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