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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

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

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

Meet Propa

April is Autism Awareness Month. To shine a light on autism, we are featuring someone being directly impacted by our programs. Propa is 19 years old and lives at Little City. She has made tremendous progress in the utilization of her coping skills, her functional communication, socialization and independence. Due to these successes, Propa is … read more

The Winters Are Reunited!

The Winters family is back home and together again. Through nearly three years of hard work and perseverance, Aaron was able to receive custody of her two children, Kyania and Dayshawn, and are now living together with their youngest sibling, Omarion. Aaron is a dedicated, full-time, loving mom. When her children were brought to Little … read more

Tony, Jr. and Tony, Sr. Have Much To Celebrate

Both Tony, Sr. and Tony, Jr. have much to celebrate this year. Not only do they share the same birthday, but they got the best present they could have wanted – to become a family again. “Getting him home was a good feeling. It brought a lot of joy to me, to see him know … read more

Latisha & Tarik’s Success Story

Latisha recalls the overpowering feeling of failure that consumed her the day her son Tarik, then four years old, entered the child welfare system. “I felt like ‘it’s happening all over again,’” she said. Latisha herself had grown up in foster care, moving around a lot between different foster families. She had never truly developed … read more

Angela & Troy

“If it weren’t for Little City, I would not have met and adopted my son,” Angela’s face beamed as she spoke of her love for a child that was once a ward of the state. When Angela was first saw Troy, she took one look and said “that is my child.” Angela always wanted be … read more

Linda & Daniel’s Success Story

At the young age of three, Daniel* was placed in a new foster home. As many three year olds may feel in this situation, Daniel was consumed with fear and uncertainty as he entered the home of his new foster parent, Linda, last Spring. Unlike Daniel, Linda* was filled with excitement and could not wait … read more

Anthony’s Forever Family

Over the past 13 years, Betty Starks has fostered 17 children with special needs from diverse racial, ethnical, cultural and religious backgrounds through Little City and has adopted two of those children. According to Betty, sincerity, compassion and humor are just some of the qualities she has witnessed among children within the foster care system. … read more

Tony & Glen’s Family

“Being a foster parent is a lot more rewarding than I expected. It truly changes your life,” said Tony. “Fostering is a great opportunity to see how having a child in your home works.”  As loving and committed partners for more than 17 years, Tony and Glen made the decision to adopt after fostering for … 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