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Little City Celebrates the Holiday Season


Foster care staff and families took time to pose with Santa at this year’s holiday party.

Christmas comes once a year, at least for most children. For some, it doesn’t come without the love and kindness of others, which was on full display at Little City’s Foster Care & Adoption Program holiday party.

The celebration, at Faith United Methodist Church in Dolton, featured games, arts and crafts and some very special guests including a tortoise, a bobcat and an aardvark for the children and their families to enjoy.

The children and families also had the chance to tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas and were able to have a photo taken with Santa himself to commemorate the occasion.

The event continues to grow as 150 children came with their parents, siblings and foster families this year. Friends and families had the opportunity to engage with other caring foster and adoptive parents who have also committed to helping a child in need.

This year’s event was extra special because it helped kick off the 25th anniversary of Little City’s Foster Care & Adoption Program. The program continues to provide hope to special needs youth by matching them with safe, stable and nurturing families in the Chicagoland area. The 25th-anniversary celebration will continue all year-long and include special events that recognize the program’s success and achievements.

Little City resident Danny, recreation therapist Maggie Brennan and her aunt Donna enjoy the annual holiday party at the Cotillion Banquet in Palatine.

But the Foster Care & Adoption Program was not the only Little City program to enjoy the holidays. Continuing the yearly tradition, the children residents enjoyed a buffet-style dinner and a visit from Santa Claus and Elf at the ChildBridge Center for Education Gymnasium.

The adult residents enjoyed a night on the town with a four-course holiday dinner at the Cotillion Banquet in Palatine. The party-goers dressed in their finest suits (and in some cases, top hats and canes) and dresses as they danced the night away. And for the first time ever, they were able to bring their immediate family to enjoy the celebration and take in the holiday spirit.

“Little City uses an affirming message – that it’s a good world, there’s a place for my kids in the world and Little City will help them find it.”

Rachel, mother of children receiving home-based support services