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Little City Youth Finds a Forever Home

At 7-years-old, Little City’s youth Matt* came into the foster care system. His childhood was marked by transient housing, finding refuge in abandoned buildings, periods of homelessness, a lack of education and bearing witness to crime and violence. After coming into the system, Matt lived with eight different foster families. He felt that he didn’t … read more

15,000 youth in Illinois Foster Care system - Little City

The Jones siblings are getting adopted

  Ms. Smith* says for all individuals thinking about fostering, “don’t be afraid, just do it”. She believes if you open up your heart and give it a try, you have the opportunity to change a life. The Jones* siblings – Jenny, Josh, Jessie, and Jamie– have been living with their foster-mother, Ms. Smith for … read more

Little City Celebrates the Holiday Season

  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 … read more

15,000 youth in Illinois Foster Care system - Little City

A Collaborative Effort Helps a Foster Child Thrive

More often than not, children coming into care with Little City carry with them an arsenal of emotions along with deep-rooted pain from past negative experiences. So, it’s no surprise when these children are reluctant to trust anyone enough to build a healthy relationship. However, with patience, consistency, and a commitment to care and support … read more

Foster Team Makes Graduation Dream Come True

  If it takes a village to raise a child, it certainly helps for the village to have a Chikiya “CeCe” Jones. Chikiya, a family stabilization specialist at Little City, plays an essential role in the foster care program, making sure children adjust to their new families, stay on track and are equipped for the … read more

Nadia and her adoptive family with Judge Susan Fox Gillis

Little City Adoption Specialist Makes Families a Reality

You could say that Jordan Sigunick pulled off a miracle. The Little City child welfare specialist had a group of three siblings that were going to be adopted by three adult sisters who all lived next to each other and would create the perfect support system by keeping the siblings near each other. But there … read more

Marcy’s Success Story

Being a teenager can come with many challenges – things such as managing emotions, struggling with social interaction, and even being comfortable within themselves. This was the case for transgender teen, Marcy*, age 19. In such a short life span, Marcy experienced a traumatic past which originally brought her into the care of DCFS. From … read more

Foster parent Charlotte and Dan

Fostering a Teen: A Successful Turnaround

  Little City foster parent, Charlotte, always thought she never wanted to foster teens, just young children. Her mind was changed when Dan* was presented to her. She was told that if Dan did not get into the right home, he might not be able to turn his life around. Before coming to Charlotte’s home, … read more

Investment Companies Support Foster Care Program

For Little City’s foster children, Jackson National Asset Management and PPM America might as well be Santa’s Workshop. The Chicago-based investment companies have become two of the biggest supporters of Little City’s Foster Care & Adoption program, especially at Christmas time when the companies purchase gifts for nearly half of all the children in the … read more

Foster parents Erin and Josh with Ciara

Teacher Becomes Foster Parent to Student Ciara

Erin, a middle school special education teacher, came home last year and told her boyfriend, Josh, about a special young lady in her class. Ciara* was in foster care and her current foster home wasn’t working out. Erin and Josh, whose mother had grown up in foster care, had always talked about becoming foster parents … read more

“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