“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 […]
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Impact Grants Chicago awarded Kaleidoscope with a $100,000 grant in support of our efforts to recruit, train, and retain qualified, therapeutic foster families that will provide our children with safe and nurturing homes. Through more foster families, we can provide countless youth with the foundation that every child needs and deserves for a happy […]
At our Foster Parent Award luncheon, we recognized the incredible parents who open their homes to children and youth in our care. Thank you to these dedicated parents for your commitment to helping young people heal from trauma, build their networks of support and grow into successful adults! You inspire us!
In part two of this ABC 7 Chicago interview, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Director Sheldon highlights programs just like ours that provide services to children and families in the community, in home settings. We work alongside our trained foster parents to provide the wrap-around, community-based services that children need to build resourcefulness, […]