We are always looking for passionate and dedicated individuals who are committed to the SOS Children’s Villages Illinois mission—especially those who are willing to make the very special sacrifice to serve as a full-time, professional Foster Parent.
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What Makes a Successful SOS Illinois Foster Parent Applicant?
The SOS Children’s Villages Illinois model of care is a unique one: we employ full-time, professional Foster Parents who care for up to six siblings in a single-family home in one of our Village communities.
For SOS Illinois Foster Parents, their job is not just a full-time job—it’s a full-time vocation. Because Foster Parents are the foundation of the SOS Illinois model, we are looking for passionate and dedicated candidates to create stable home lives for our children. By creating a stable home life, SOS Children’s Villages Illinois Foster Parents help children overcome devastating pasts and gain confidence about their world and their dreams for the future.
The Process of Becoming a Foster Parent
To understand the commitment required, we encourage you to take a moment to get to know our incredible Foster Parents:
Beyond the minimum criteria and experience, successful SOS Illinois Foster Parents excel by possessing:
A Heart for Mission
A fitting Foster Parent at SOS Illinois must have our mission embedded in their heart. A successful candidate will show that they are driven to make a difference in the lives of siblings in foster care.
A Heart for Children
Becoming a Foster Parent with SOS Illinois isn’t just a job, it’s a lifestyle change; one that requires full-time, loving interaction with children. Someone who shows desire and excitement for working with youth.
A Willingness to Relocate
Central to our model of foster care is the Village, where Foster Parents and children live within a community surrounded by supportive services and resources.
Creative Parenting and Style of Care
As an SOS Illinois Foster Parent, individuals or couples are required to attend trainings and workshops geared towards developing and enhancing parenting skills.
A Desire for Village Living and Community
The Village model at SOS Illinois sets our style of foster care apart by creating a supportive and well-connected network for children, Foster Parents, and staff.
Most importantly, SOS Illinois Foster Parents are ready to make a full-time commitment to providing a loving, safe, and secure home for the children in their care.
If you are interested (or know someone who is), please consult our FAQs for more details and apply here. If we feel that you would make a great addition to the SOS Illinois family, a recruiter will contact you to attend an informational session or invite you to learn more about the application process.
Interested in other opportunities? Visit our Careers page.