Get InvolvedBecoming a Foster Parent
As a foster parent with Kaleidoscope, you’ll do more than open your home to a child in need. With full support and resources from our expert staff, you’ll provide the care, patience and guidance that every child deserves.
Kaleidoscope is always in need of foster parents who are committed to caring for the children and youth we serve – all of whom require more intensive services as a result of specialized mental health, behavioral, medical or pregnancy/parenting needs.
Our staff go above and beyond state standards to provide excellent, ongoing training and 24/7 support for our foster parents, ensuring that they are equipped to provide the care these young people need.
Our foster parents represent some of the very best in our community, and we’re proud to work alongside them. This committed group opens their homes to some of the most vulnerable, high-need children in Chicago, and they offer the safe, supportive and caring home that all children deserve.
Kaleidoscope welcomes committed, mature and responsible individuals or couples who are over the age of 25 for consideration of foster parent licensure. New foster parents are invited to attend our Foster Parent Orientation to learn more specific information on becoming a foster parent.
Upon submission of the application, prospective foster parents will be invited to participate in an in-home interview with our staff. All approved applicants then attend Foster Parent Basic Training and will complete a home study licensing packet. Foster parents are required to maintain licensing standards as outlined by DCFS, and several home visits will be required for approval and maintenance of the license.
What Makes Kaleidoscope Unique
All of Kaleidoscope’s foster parents must be licensed by the State of Illinois. (Learn more about their requirements on the DCFS website.) To help families meet licensing standards, Kaleidoscope hosts free orientations on a regular basis, where our expert staff give an overview of the requirements and answer questions. See our upcoming orientation dates.
Because of the specialized needs of the kids served at Kaleidoscope, our foster parents receive intensive training to learn how to best care for children with mental health, behavioral, medical and/or pregnancy and parenting needs.
Once a child is placed, we work closely with the foster family through ongoing case management. We track the child’s progress, manage referrals for outside services and check in with the family regularly to assess any additional needs. Our staff takes on the bulk of the administrative work so that foster parents can focus on the day-to-day nurturing that children and youth need.
From the start, children and young people who are referred to Kaleidoscope are assigned a team of experts to assess their needs and determine the best individualized care. Our social workers, counselors and others professionals provide the ongoing services kids and their foster families need to succeed, including specialized medical care, mental health therapy and more. Each of these services is referred through and arranged by Kaleidoscope, so foster parents don’t have to make special requests or appointments for their kids.
Just like we provide Intensive Placement Stabilization Services when a child is placed with a foster family, we offer comprehensive support when a child leaves a foster home, ensuring an easy transition for the child and, whenever possible, a lasting relationship.
Join us today by registering for an upcoming foster parent orientation. If you have questions or would like more information about becoming a foster parent with Kaleidoscope, contact us.