All young people, and especially those who have spent time in the child welfare system, need to connect with individuals who believe in them and key resources that are available to them.
As a parent to every youth in our care, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is responsible for understanding and meeting each youth’s needs. This is true whether a youth moves quickly into permanency, stays in the system a year or more, or does not achieve permanency and must look toward independence and self-sufficiency.
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For more information, read the Get Goal'd Handbook, Getting There Tip Sheets, Moving to Adulthood handout and list of items every youth should have when leaving care.
A community map is a visual representation of important places in your neighborhood where you can turn for help and receive important services. As you move towards independence it is important to know where resources, such as hospitals/clinics, libraries, park districts and social services agencies, are located. If you are a parent, a community map can assist you in locating resources for your children and family.
Click on your zip code to open the map and learn about important resources in your community: 60103, 60153, 60419, 60608, 60612, 60618, 60619, 60620, 60621, 60622, 60623, 60624, 60625, 60628, 60629, 60637, 60649, 60659, 60827, 60411, 60428.
If your zip code is not listed, talk to your caseworker about how to find services in your community; or if you live in Chicago, call 311. You may also call the Illinois Department of Human Service Help Line at 1-800-843-6154.