At SOS Children’s Villages Illinois, we are committed to providing safe, stable, loving homes. We do this by keeping brothers and sisters together in an individual home in the care of a full-time, professional Foster Parent. In doing so, we lay the foundation for rebuilding trust, confidence, and hope for each child in our care.
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.
Each Village offers comprehensive services including: individual and group counseling, mentoring, and educational and cultural enrichment opportunities. This highly supportive setting provides children a sense of safety, security, and community, encouraging them on their journey toward healing and reaching their fullest potential.
The professional Foster Parent is responsible for the creation and maintenance of a healthy, positive, long-term living environment so that the children entrusted to their care may become healthy, productive adults.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Requirements, Skills and Expectations
Successful Foster Parents must meet the following minimum criteria in order to move forward in the application process.
SOS Illinois is looking for nurturing individuals, domestic partners, or married couples interested in devoting their lives to the profession of Foster Parent, who are:
Adaptability: Becoming an SOS Illinois Foster Parent is a lifestyle change. Having the ability to swiftly settle into your new home and environment is essential to being as responsive and supportive to your children as possible—from day one—no matter the challenge or change.
Patience: All of our children have endured some sort of deep trauma. SOS Illinois Foster Parents have the patience and fortitude that helps heal the deep emotional, mental, and sometimes physical wounds of abused and neglected children whose families are in crisis.
Positivity: We all have our good days and our bad days. SOS Illinois Foster Parents are treasured optimists who can see the silver lining in a less positive situation or turn any frown into a smile.
Resourcefulness: Sometimes not every answer or resource is available to us on a whim or when we need it. SOS Illinois Foster Parents know how to improvise and tackle any problem or task with composure and without even blinking an eye. They also know when and where to ask for help.
Most importantly, SOS Illinois Foster Parents are ready to make a full-time commitment to providing a loving, safe, and secure home for the children in their care.
ADA STATEMENT: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the person assigned to this position. Position responsibilities are intended to describe those functions that are essential to the performance of this job. This position description does not state or imply that the above are the only duties and responsibilities assigned to this position. Employees holding this position will be required to perform any other job-related duties requested by management. All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with a disability.