Relief 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.


Becoming a Relief Parent with SOS Children's Villages Illinois is a rewarding part-time commitment suitable for a diverse array of adults. The SOS Children’s Villages Illinois model of care is a unique one: we employ full-time, professional Foster Parents who care for up to six siblings in a single-family home in one of our Village communities. We equip our professional Foster Parents with the necessary tools to help heal and restore confidence in our children and their families.

Relief Parents are a part of this special model by providing assistance and support to our Foster Parents during their absence. This might include taking care of children for several hours at a time in a Village home or assisting with picking the children up from school and activities. If you are someone who is interested in child welfare and want to make a difference consider becoming a part-time Relief Parent with us.


A high school diploma or equivalent.
Valid Illinois driver's license with an acceptable driving record and proof of automobile insurance coverage.
Must be at least 21 years of age.
DCFS (Department of Children and Family Services) background clearance
Ability to work in at least one of the following Villages: Chicago (7600 S. Parnell), Roosevelt Square (1200 W. Roosevelt Rd.), Lockport (17545 Village Ln.)
Ability to work in an alcohol, tobacco, and drug-free environmentPrevious childcare experience required, with infants preferred.
Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment.
Reliable, punctual, and able to manage multiple tasks.
Ability to work flexible hours, and at times overnight.
Good verbal and written communications skills.
Ability to learn and support SOS Illinois behavior management program.
Commitment to SOS Illinois philosophy and mission.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]


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