Foster Parent Recruitment Picnic

Previous Next On Saturday, September 18th, the Chicagoland Foster Care Collaborative hosted the Foster Parent Recruitment Picnic at Dan Ryan Woods Pavilion. Kaleidoscope received funding from Impact Grants Chicago in 2019 to expand our Foster Parent recruitment efforts to meet the needs of the our community. Kaleidoscope and 6 other agencies have been working on […]

The Need for Foster Parents

Ahead of the Foster Parent Recruitment Picnic held by the Chicagoland Foster Care Collaborative, Kathy Grzelak (Kaleidoscope) and Kara Teeple (Lawrence Hall) join Fox32 Chicago to talk about the current need for Foster Parents across the state of Illinois and in the Chicagoland Area. Full interview can be found here.

National Child Welfare Appreciation Day

Yesterday, September 20th was National Child Welfare Appreciation Day, a chance to stop and thank the dedicated individuals who are committed to supporting children, youth and families in our community. Our team at Kaleidoscope shows up each day ready to face whatever challenges may be thrown at them because they know that our children, youth […]

An Update on Sylvester

Sylvester had a tough childhood, and through his involvement in so many DCFS programs, he felt as though he lived 35 different lives. We at Kaleidoscope have been very lucky to have known Sylvester in his latest life and to have watched him grow into the remarkable, motivated young man he has become. Listen to […]

Kaleidoscope featured in Greater Southwest News-Herald

“It has been a crisis prior to the pandemic. There was a huge shortage (of foster parents) already and the pandemic made it worse. There is a backlog of kids sitting in residential centers and hospitals, (waiting for home placement),” said Kathy Grzelak, executive director of Kaleidoscope, citing the difficulty of “recruiting by Zoom. Since […]

Teaser: Stories that Connect 2021

Join us virtually on Thursday, July 22 for our FREE event to support our programs for families healing from abuse and neglect in Chicago. We’ll share real life stories that showcase how our programs help children, youth and families build resourcefulness, resiliency, and supportive relationships.  See a special trailer of our event below, then register […]

Social disruption leads to change

Social disruption leads to change

Kaleidoscope stands with the people demonstrating against racism, police violence and other injustices in Chicago and across the country. We work every day to empower children, youth and adults to build safe, supportive homes and nurturing families. Our kids are incredibly resilient, despite experiencing racism, abuse, neglect and more atop generations of trauma. With the […]

Black lives matter.

Black lives matter.

Black lives matter. Kaleidoscope will continue to be a house of refuge and safety for our children and families and build resourcefulness and resiliency in our youth and families. The majority of the children and youth we serve are black boys. They see, feel and experience the enduring violence against black people in our country. […]

Our Work Doesn’t Stop

Our Work Doesn’t Stop

Dear Kaleidoscope Community – Earlier this week, I let you know the ways we are keeping our teams, families and communities safe during this global health crisis. Things have changed even in the last few days, and I want to share with you what our work looks like right now. This week, one of our […]