Become a Foster / Adoptive Parent in Illinois
Thank you for considering foster care and adoption in Illinois. The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition is an award-winning and nationally recognized agency that recruits and supports foster and adoptive families. We’re happy to answer your questions about foster care and adoption. We’re here to guide you through this rewarding journey.
Foster care in Illinois is a temporary arrangement. Adults provide for the care of children whose parent is unable to care for them. While foster care is a temporary, adoption is making a lifelong commitment to the care of a child.
Illinois Service Area
Our agency proudly serves the Southern Illinois counties of Clinton, Bond, Madison, Monroe, Washington, St. Clair, and Randolph.
Please review the basic requirements for fostering or adopting in Illinois:
You must be at least 21 years of age
Free of child abuse/neglect or criminal history *Some offenses do not eliminate applicants
Employed or have adequate income
With or without birth children
Able to accommodate additional children in your home
- Willing to attend 39 hours of pre-service training
Willing to participate in a home study
Willing to provide personal, employer and medical references
Complete a financial verification form
- Able to purchase items required for licensing, such as smoke alarms, fire extinguisher, beds, etc
If you meet the basic requirements for fostering or adopting, and you reside in the Illinois counties of Clinton, Bond, Madison, Monroe, Washington, St. Clair, or Randolph, please review the information and pages below.
Foster and adoptive parents in are asked to attend 39 hours of pre-service training.