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You have questions, we’ll do our best to answer.

As experts in child welfare, we’re glad to help you understand our one-of-a-kind approach to impacting youth and families.

Frequently Asked Questions


  • I need to take parenting classes, how can I register?

    Children’s Home offers our Nurturing Parenting program for parents who are currently under review by DCFS or have been instructed to take parenting classes. For more information or to register, please email [email protected].

  • Someone I know received services through Children’s Home or used to live there, how can I find their records?

    We are able to offer limited records for past residents and clientele of Children’s Home. Please click here for information on our Adoption Search & Historical Archives.

  • Is my donation tax deductible?

    Gifts donated to Children’s Home Association of Illinois are deductible under applicable laws and we encourage you to consult with your tax professional about any gifts you have made or plan to make. Children’s Home Association of Illinois is a registered 501(c)(3) organization and our Tax-ID (EIN) number is 37-0662601.

  • How can I request a speaker for my organization?

    If you’re interested in having a Children’s Home representative speak at your school, business, organization, or other establishment, please email our Marketing Department at [email protected].

  • How can my business partner with you and support Children’s Home mission?

    There are a variety of ways your business can be part of changing the lives of the kids who will change the world. From volunteering to hosting donation drives to sponsoring our special events, the possibilities are endless. Email our development team at [email protected] for more information.

  • I’m interested in becoming a foster parent – what should I do?

    There is always a need for foster parents to help care for children who can no longer remain in their home. Foster parents play an important role in providing a safe and healthy environment for children that will promote healing and stability. If you feel called to become a foster parent and have a positive impact on the kids we serve, email our Clinical Coordinator, Andrea Roberts at [email protected].

  • Are you an orphanage?

    Children’s Home has an impressive and long history of helping children finding safe housing, but we are not an orphanage. Children and youth who need residential services are referred to us through DCFS and we help them find housing when remaining in their home is no longer an option.

    For information on our history, click here.

  • How many kids live in your building on Knoxville?

    While we provide residential support and placement services, we no longer house children in our administrative building on Knoxville Avenue. For information about our full spectrum of residential services, click here.

  • How can I enroll a child in my care at Kiefer School or the Academy for Autism?

    Currently, all referrals to our Kiefer School and the Academy for Autism come directly from school districts. If you believe a child in your care would benefit in our learning environments, speak with your school district’s personnel to learn about the referral process and if your child is a candidate for our schools.

  • Where does your funding come from?

    More than half of our funding comes from DCFS and the other half is made up of state grants, local grants, and private donations. For more information about our financials, click here.