As part of our mission, Little City is committed to recruiting and supporting foster/adoptive families to provide loving homes to youth with special needs including intellectual, developmental and emotional/behavioral disabilities who have been identified as abused or neglected by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

​Call (855) WE- FOSTER or email to get involved.



Chicago Office

700 N. Sacramento Blvd., Suite 201 | Chicago, IL 60612 | P: 773.265.1539

Palatine Office

1760 W. Algonquin Rd. | Palatine, IL 60067 | P: 847.358.5510

NEW- Waukegan Office

We are now serving Lake County!

1301 S. Lewis Ave. | Waukegan, IL 60085 | P: 847.336.1700

What We Do

For over 25 years, Little City’s foster care and adoption program has provided innovative, individualized and community-based treatment to our children and their families. In 2012, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) recognized Little City as the first foster care and adoption agency in Illinois to obtain cultural competence in serving the LGBT community. See statistics.

Become a Foster Parent Today

We are searching for welcoming homes and loving parents regardless of age, race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender-identification, income or education level. Candidates must be 21 years of age or older, pass a background check, provide a safe home with an available bed for a child and have a passion to make a difference in a child’s life.


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Success Stories

Many youth referred to Little City are initially assessed as needing residential services, an intensive and restrictive congregate care placement that provides 24 hour a day/7 day a week care. Yet, time and time again, our programs, services, staff and families have successfully worked together to divert youth from placement in residential settings and instead safely maintained in foster care. In addition to residential diversion, our youth have been stable and are on track toward reaching their permanency goal. 


Little City hosts customized pre-licensing training to all prospective foster/adoptive parents as well as comprehensive case management services and treatment. We also have an extensive foster parent support and mentoring network led by foster parents.

Learn more about our partner, Voices for Illinois Children.