LCFS Current Foster Parent

We stand alongside our foster parents to ensure you have the resources and support you need to meet the needs of the children for whom you care.

As an LCFS foster parent, you are a member of a team (you, LCFS staff, and parents); all working together to ensure that the needs of the child(ren) in your care are met. You are never alone in this role; you have a comprehensive support system. 

Our commitment to you is support, responsiveness, collaboration and resources as you not only care for the children, but also team with the children’s parents to maintain their connections. It is important that foster children never feel torn between the two sides. When children observe their parents, foster parents, and LCFS team members working together toward their best interest, their outlook becomes more positive and allows them to be optimistic about their future. 

We’re extremely thankful and grateful for your service! There are no words to adequately thank you for sharing your many gifts with the children and families whom we serve at LCFS of Illinois.

Service Provider Resources 

The Service Provider IDentification and Exploration Resource (SPIDER) is a free, comprehensive service resource database for youth and families in Illinois. It provides detailed information on agencies and programs that offer mental health services, caregiver support, educational advocacy, vocational and employment training, mentoring, enrichment programs like leadership development and after school programs and much more.

Training Resources 

Check out the latest training resources provided by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Many of these classes can count toward needed hours for your foster parent license renewal and also offer you important information to help you as your care for the child(ren) in your home. 

If you are looking for a training on a specific topic, you can also reach out to your LCFS licensing representative for help. 


If you have questions or are looking for additional information in your role as an LCFS foster parent, we encourage you to reach out to your LCFS licensing representative or child welfare specialist first, but you can also contact us for further support through our LCFS Contact Us form.  Thanks for making a difference in the lives of children and families.