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Resources for Current Foster Parents

What help is there for foster parents?
Foster families provide children with the one thing they need most: love. DCFS and our nonprofit partners provide a wide range of assistance to foster families to ensure a safe, loving home and brighter future for foster kids, including:

  • Caseworkers to meet the particular needs of your family and foster children;
  • Health insurance coverage for foster children that includes both medical care and prescriptions;
  • Therapy, counseling, academic counseling and special education services when needed;
  • Training programs, support groups and newsletters geared to foster families;
  • Monthly stipend for the foster child's basic needs, including: food, clothing and housing costs;
  • Daycare, after-school care, and funding for extracurricular activities including sports and art programs for eligible children in foster care; and
  • Highly-trained DCFS staff available through our Foster Parent Helpline (866-368-5204) and Advocacy Office (800-232-3798) to provide additional support.

The DCFS on-line Virtual Training Center (VTC) is the entry point for training-related information and resources. Foster parents can use the Virtual Training Center (VTC) to:

  • See training news and general information;
  • Check available trainings;
  • View/print training transcripts;
  • Register and take on-line courses; and
  • Download course materials to use in class or to access after training

To access the VTC, go to

The books, articles and website resources found in The Learning Resource and Lending Library Catalog for Illinois Parents have been selected to help parents improve their knowledge and skills to care for children involved in the child welfare system. Parents are encouraged to borrow Lending Library resources from their local library. The catalog may be used as a source of approved reading and video materials for foster parent training credit, and as a list of recommended readings. A number of new resources have been added to the 4th Edition, including topics such as childhood trauma, parenting and discipline, Asperger’s, Autism and attachment disorders. A number of new Spanish Language materials have also been added.