Professional Foster Parent

SOS Children's Villages Illinois

About the organization

SOS Children’s Villages Illinois offers an innovative approach to traditional foster care. Our model of care gives children the opportunity to live in a nurturing, stable, single-family home with their brothers and sisters in the care of a full-time, professionally trained Foster Parent in one of our Villages. Children benefit from the stability of remaining with their siblings as well as the support of neighboring SOS Illinois Foster Parents and the entire community.


Our Chicago Village is a hidden gem in the South Side of Chicago. Established in 2004, we are the first urban village in the entire world. Our professional Foster Parents are mission driven individuals committed to preserving the spirit of community. Together, we understand that rebuilding a community begins with our children.


-Live in a communal setting.

-Provide a healthy, clean, safe, secure, nurturing, and loving home environment for the children.

-Develop and implement individual progress plans for each child in conjunction with the children’s Case Manager.

-Ensure that the children receive proper medical, dental and emotional care.

-Ensure the educational growth of the children by having a pro-active attitude and response which entails an active participation in school, setting expectations for attendance, evaluating performance, and encouraging enrichment programs. As well as, advocating for the children’s needs and willingness to serve as a surrogate parent for special education needs.

-Attend and actively participate in court, administrative case reviews, visitations with biological and potential adoptive parents, and all related conferences.

-Maintain timely and accurate records of household budget, children's progress records, health records, and periodic evaluations.


SOS Illinois is looking for mission driven and nurturing individuals, domestic partners, or married couples interested in being a part of the solution, who are:

-Experienced with children, either as parent or by working with children in another environment.

-Experience supporting the needs of behaviorally complex children with a history of mental, emotional, or physical trauma is preferred, but not required (training is provided).

-The skill set to manage a household and a budget.

-Self-sufficient thinkers with a collaborative spirit and positive outlook on life.

-Valid driver’s license and a clean driving record.

-DCFS (Department of Children and Family Services) background and medical clearance.

-Ability to work in an alcohol, tobacco and drug-free environment.

-Must be at least 25 years of age.

-Associates, Bachelor’s degree, or higher preferred.

-If applicable, must adhere to the policy of bringing only one biological or adopted child (under the age of 18) into the Village home.

-Must be willing to commit to a minimum of 2 years of service once you have officially joined, as well as a 6 month or longer screening and training period.


$23,660/year, Room & Board Provided

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Please apply at on SOS Illinois' career page, at:

Or email your resume and any questions to Kelsey Balk, Director of Recruitment at [email protected]

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