SOS Children's Villages Illinois
At SOS Children’s Villages Illinois, we build families. We provide a stable home in a supportive, community environment designed to help children in need grow into caring, productive, and self-reliant adults. SOS-Kinderdorf International, the parent organization under which SOS Children’s Villages Illinois operates, began in Europe in 1945 during World War II; today, it is the largest non-denominational child welfare agency in the world. SOS Children’s Villages Illinois started in 1993 when it opened the eighteen-home Lockport Village, later launching the sixteen-home Chicago Village in the Auburn-Gresham neighborhood in 2004. In 2011, SOS Children’s Villages Illinois acquired Casa Tepeyac from Boys Town Chicago and expanded services in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood. The SOS Children’s
Villages model differs from traditional foster care in emphasizing the following four components:
• Children stay together with their siblings.
• Children receive care and support from a full-time, professionally trained foster parent.
• Children grow up in private, single-family homes.
• Children benefit from the support of the Village, an intentional community.