BENEFITING: SOS Children's Villages Illinois
EVENT DATE: Oct 09, 2016
Who we are: SOS Children's Villages Illinois is a nonprofit child welfare agency that serves Illinois' most vulnerable children and families. SOS Children’s Villages International, the parent organization under which SOS Children’s Villages Illinois operates, is the largest non-denominational child welfare agency in the world with over 550 Villages in 133 countries.
SOS Children’s Villages Illinois has operated as its own 501(c)(3) since 1993, when the first site, the Lockport Village, opened in Lockport, Illinois. Today, the organization operates four sites: three Villages providing sibling group foster care at an 18-home Village (opened in 1993) in Lockport, Illinois; a 19-home Village (opened in 2004) in the Auburn Gresham/Englewood neighborhood of Chicago; a 14-home Village (opened in 2014) in the Roosevelt Square Community of Chicago; and Casa Tepeyac (acquired in 2011), a facility that offers preventative and in-home family services in the Back of the Yards neighborhood of Chicago.
SOS Children’s Villages Illinois celebrates a 100% high school graduation rate, compared to a national average of 50% for children in foster care. Additionally, in November 2015, Chicago Magazine named SOS Children’s Villages Illinois one of “Twenty Top Charities in Chicago.”
What we do: At SOS Children’s Villages Illinois, we are committed to providing a safe, healing place for children whose world has been shattered by abuse, neglect, or abandonment. We do this by keeping brothers and sisters together in an individual home in the care of a full-time, professional Foster Parent. In doing so, we lay the foundation for rebuilding trust, confidence, and hope for each child in our care.
Our model differs from traditional foster care in emphasizing that children: 1. Live together with their siblings; 2. Receive care and support from a full-time, professionally trained Foster Parent; 3. Grow up in private, single-family homes; and 4. Benefit from the support of the Village, designed as an intentional community.
Why we need your help: There are over 400,000 children living in foster care in the United States. Three out of every four children in foster care are separated from their siblings. Children in traditional foster care often feel tremendous anxiety, grief, and guilt over the loss of their family—not only parents—but brothers and sisters as well. Our focus is providing an alternative: a safe, stable, healing space to keep brothers and sisters together to continue growing as a family.
It is our constant goal to bring more exceptional Foster Parents into the SOS Children’s Villages Illinois community. There is no shortage of children and families in need. As we seek to fulfill our mission, it is paramount that we spread awareness about sibling separation in foster care and the solution we provide.
Your support of our first-ever SOS Children's Villages Illinois Chicago Marathon Team will help us spread awareness, and continue to provide the best care and hope for the brothers and sisters, families, and communities we serve.