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https://www2.illinois.gov/residents/family-home/DCFS/become-foster-parent
Become a Foster Parent
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Thank you for your interest in becoming a licensed foster parent. This will be one of the most rewarding and loving experiences you will ever have. Being a foster parent has its challenges , and we promise we will be here every step of the way to support you and your new family member.
https://www2.illinois.gov/residents/family-home/DHS/find-youth-services
Find Youth Services & Assistance
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Find information for services and assistance available to youth, including youth who are in trouble with the law, life skill training, and pregnancy prevention.
https://www2.illinois.gov/residents/family-home/DHS/food-assistance-wic
Food Assistance for Women, Infants, & Children (WIC)
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WIC is a food assistance program for Women, Infants, and Children.
https://www2.illinois.gov/residents/family-home/DCFS/adopt-child
Adopt a Child
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Thank you for your interest in becoming a licensed foster or adoptive parent for the State of Illinois. You have decided to make a significant contribution to aid a child away from home.
https://www2.illinois.gov/residents/family-home/GAC/declaration-mental-health-treatment
Declaration for Mental Health Treatment
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This is an advance directive. An adult of sound mind may put into writing his or her preferences regarding future mental health treatment. The preferences may include consent or refusal of mental health treatment and may be stated on the forms provided.Please see below disclaimer.**
https://www2.illinois.gov/residents/family-home/GAC/guardianship-sucessor-petition
Guardianship Sucessor Petition
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Form for a "Guardian of a Person" to Use. A petition and order are provided to assist in naming a successor guardian upon the death, resignation or removal of a guardian.Please see below disclaimer.**
https://www2.illinois.gov/residents/family-home/GAC/guardianship-volunteer-form
Guardianship Volunteer Form
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Office of State Guardian's (OSG) mission is to improve the quality of life for wards of OSG by empowering volunteers to provide companionship and to advocate for person-centered individualized services. Anyone interested in volunteering should complete the Office of the State Guardian Volunteer Form. Volunteers will commit to visit wards at least once a month for a minimum of one year and communicate with the State Guardian about their health, progress, and service needs through completing the OSG Ward Visit Form form. OSG will provide direction, training and resources to assist volunteers.
https://www2.illinois.gov/residents/family-home/IDPH/beaches
Private and Public Beaches
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To prevent illnesses associated with swimming at Illinois beaches, each licensed beach is inspected annually to determine that required safety features are in place and there are no sources of possible pollution such as sewage discharges. These inspections are done either by the Illinois Department of Public Health or a local health department, or, in Chicago, by the Chicago Park District. The Department also requires that each of the 335 licensed public beaches be sampled every two weeks to determine that bacterial levels in the water are within limits established in the Swimming Facility Code (77 Ill. Admin. Code 820). The maximum E. coli level allowed – 235 colony-forming units per 100 milliliters (cfu/100mL) – is based on guidelines established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for recreational waters.
https://www2.illinois.gov/residents/family-home/AGE/assistance-seniors
Find Assistance in My Home & Community for Seniors
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CCP is a major initiative to prevent the unnecessary intstitutionalization of older adults in Illinois, ages 60+ who have difficulty with household and personal care tasks. Services include in-home, adult day and emergency home response.
https://www2.illinois.gov/residents/family-home/AGE/grandparents-raising-grandchildren
Find Assistance for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
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IDoA and the Illinois Task Force on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren work to locate, assist, and promote awareness of grandparent-headed households. The program has established support groups; financial and technical assistance; and referral assistance.
https://www2.illinois.gov/residents/family-home/HFS/child-support-payments
View Child Support Payments
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This site directs child support clients into their accounts, address problems related to mailing addresses and apply for services. It is a secured portal. Note: Individuals do not need to be a Department of Human Services client to receive child support services.
https://www2.illinois.gov/residents/family-home/IHDA/obtain-foreclosure-assistance
Obtain Foreclosure Assistance
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The Illinois Hardest Hit Fund® program provides mortgage assistance to homeowners who have experienced at least a 15 percent income reduction due to a qualifying hardship event and who meet the eligibility criteria.
https://www2.illinois.gov/residents/family-home/AGE/whatis-elder-abuse
What is Elder Abuse?
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Abuse takes many forms and, in most cases, victims are subjected to more than one type of mistreatment. Elder abuse can include physical, sexual or emotional abuse; confinement; passive neglect; willful deprivation; or financial exploitation.
https://www2.illinois.gov/residents/family-home/IDPH/manufactured-home-communities
Manufactured Home Communities (Mobile Home Parks)
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IDPH has responsibilities relating to manufactured homes. To ensure quality living conditions for people who reside in manufactured home communities, IDPH licenses all parks with 5 or more sites (except those located in home rule units). Staff inspects each park annually for license renewal, at which time they check the water supply, sewage disposal system, electrical system, lighting, road conditions, spacing of homes, and garbage disposal. The IDPH staff also review plans for all new parks and any additions to existing ones.
https://www2.illinois.gov/residents/family-home/DHS/pregnancy-parenting-assistance
Pregnancy & Parenting Assistance
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Whether you are thinking about having children someday, are a mom-to-be, or already have children, find information and learn about programs that may help you as you navigate these important stages in your life.
https://www2.illinois.gov/residents/family-home/GAC/probate-dupage County
Probate Forms - DuPage County
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Various Forms on the website of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of DuPage County. Please see below disclaimer.**
https://www2.illinois.gov/residents/family-home/DHS/access-quality-affordable-child-care
Access Quality, Affordable Child Care
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Provides working families of low income with access to affordable, quality child care. IDHS also supports services for families looking for care including free referrals to child care providers and consumer education information.
https://www2.illinois.gov/residents/family-home/ICC/ameren-energy-assistance
Ameren Energy Assistance
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Consumer Services: Educate consumers on utility issues, help resolve customer/utility disputes Transportation: Oversees trucking insurance and registration, railroad safety, relocation and safety towing, household goods moving companies
https://www2.illinois.gov/residents/family-home/GAC/short-term-guardian
Short-term Guardian Form
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Form for a "Guardian of a Person" to Use. The guardian of a disabled person may appoint in writing, without court approval, a short-term guardian of the disabled person to take over the guardian's duties, to the extent provided in Section 11a-18.3, each time the guardian is unavailable or unable to carry out those duties. A short-term guardian appointed by the guardian shall have authority to act as guardian of the disabled person for a cumulative total of 60 days during any 12 month period. Please see below disclaimer.**
https://www2.illinois.gov/residents/family-home/GAC/guardian-ward-visit
Office of the State Guardian Ward Visit Form (for OSG Volunteer Visitors use only)
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Office of State Guardian's (OSG) mission is to improve the quality of life for wards of OSG by empowering volunteers to provide companionship and to advocate for person-centered individualized services. Volunteers will commit to visit wards at least once a month for a minimum of one year and communicate with the State Guardian about their health, progress, and service needs through completing the OSG Ward Visit Form form. OSG will provide direction, training and resources to assist volunteers.
https://www2.illinois.gov/residents/family-home/DHS/developmental-disability-services
Developmental Disability Services
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Search for county and statewide resources for individuals with developmental disabilities
https://www2.illinois.gov/residents/family-home/DHS/homeless-assistance
Obtain Homelessness Prevention Assistance
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The Homeless Prevention Program provides assistance and supportive services directly related to the prevention of homelessness to eligible individuals and families who are in danger of eviction, foreclosure or homelessness or are currently homeless.
https://www2.illinois.gov/residents/family-home/DOI/health-care-provider-complaint
Health Care Provider Complaint Form
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DOI makes sure all insurance companies, HMOs, producers selling insurance in Illinois and other regulated entities obey state insurance laws. The Department provides consumer information and investigates complaints about companies and producers.
https://www2.illinois.gov/residents/family-home/DHS/help-developmental-disabilities
Obtain Help for Persons with Developmental Disabilities
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Services for individuals with developmental disabilities include day services, early intervention, in-home supports, residential living arrangements, and more. Learn more about available services and how to apply.