Spero Family Services, Foster Care Program celebrated exceeding their goal of achieving permanency for specialized foster youth in FY23. The team was recognized by Associate Deputy Director Deborah Kennedy and her team. During FY23, Spero’s Foster Care Program surpassed DCFS’s goal for placing children in adopted homes, with guardianships or returning the children home. Specialized Foster Care services for youth with mental health/behavioral special needs and/ or medical/developmental special needs.

Spero’s Foster Care Program received a program expansion from the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) to serve Home of Relative cases. Home of Relative Foster Care serves children placed in a licensed relative’s home due to experiencing abuse, neglect, dependence, or needing an out-of-home placement. “Spero has been given the opportunity to expand our Foster Care program. We have been serving Jefferson County and surrounding areas for many years and look forward to being able to support more children and families in our community! I truly believe that we wouldn’t be able to do our work without our foster parents’ continued dedication, says Elizabeth Carson, Adoption and Permanency Specialist.

Spero Family Services Foster Care Program is located on the 3rd Floor of The Mt. Vernon Innovation Hub located at 123 S. 10th Street.