I was scared because I didn't know any of the people, I was in someone else's house.You don't know anyone, you don't know how these people act, you don't know what they like to eat for dinner, you don't know anything. Since then she is active at her school in the student congress and speech team. She has the independence to drive to both and is able to hang out with her friends.Now, in its sixteenth year, the Heart Gallery model is being replicated in many communities across the country.

(Do you know that the majority of the foster care licensing process is now available online?

Yes, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has made the licensing process much more user friendly.) A breakfast of bagels, fruit and coffee will be served. You are welcome to stay till pm to talk with individual licensing agencies.

Click on each link above to learn more about children waiting for adoption and to find out more about adoption. Skye Wilkes is a 17-year-old girl in the Stark County Foster Care system.

"When I first got put into foster care I thought it was really scary.

We also feature a keynote speaker with an amazing foster care to adoption story.

Whether you have your foster care license, or not, this is a great way to learn how to start or continue your journey through foster parenting and learn about opportunities regarding adoption through foster care.

By helping families prepare for adoption, navigate its complexities and find the best match in an older foster care child, our new agency enhances CAP's critical services to transition older children into a "forever family" before they age out of the foster care system.

Children who "age out" of foster care without at least one permanent parent frequently end up homeless, imprisoned or lost.

Learn about the Illinois children in need of foster care and adoption through foster care.