The 21st Show

The Need For Foster Parents Growing


Zainab Qureshi/Illinois Newsroom

As of May 31, 2021, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services reported 21,437 youth in care. In the last year during the pandemic, the department says it has seen an increase in the number of children in the foster care system and more foster care parents are needed to help provide safe and caring homes.

The 21st heard from advocates in the state about what it’s like to foster and be in foster care. 


Libby Moeller, Program Development Associate, Illinois CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) 

Carina Hoenshell, Foster Parent, Trainer and Technical Assistance Provider, Be Strong Families 

Leyda Garcia-Greenawalt, President of Foster Care Alumni of America Illinois Chapter

Prepared for web by Zainab Qureshi

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