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FAMILY AND HOME

It is a very well-known fact that families play a pivotal role in the molding process of an entire society. A healthy family equals a healthy home and these two are the most important pillars of any modern society and community. Every country in the world has a responsibility to place a special focus on homes and families as these should be valued most and placed above all else. A country’s future and its entire development rely on its residents. That is why the state of Illinois, like any other state in the U.S., provides a whole myriad of services, opportunities and assistance for its residents through a number of specialized institutions.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)

The DCFS is the largest child welfare agency in the state of Illinois. The Department was established to offer professional services for providing safe and loving homes for the children of the state. Among other things, the Department is mainly in charge of:

  • Placing children in foster care.
  • Taking care of abandoned newborn.
  • Preventing child abuse.
  • Protecting children from domestic violence.
  • Adoption.
  • Preserving families.

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (IDHFS)

Aside from providing healthcare coverage for adults and children who qualify for Medicaid, the DHFS is the state agency in charge of providing Child Support Services. The IDHFS is organized into two major divisions:

  • Medical Programs.
  • Child Support Services.

The Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS)

The DHS is one of the largest agencies in Illinois, established with the aim to provide the state’s residents with access to integrated services. The Department is comprised of the following divisions:

  • Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services
  • Developmental Disabilities Services
  • Family & Community Services
  • Inspector General Services
  • Mental Health Services
  • Rehabilitation Services

The Illinois Department of Aging

The Illinois Department of Aging provides quality programs for the elderly to enable them to live independently in their homes and communities. Some of these programs are:

  • The Community Care Program (provides in-home and adult day services to frail seniors).
  • Older American Services programs (includes senior centers, outreach programs, transportation, employment opportunities and family caregiver support groups).
  • Elder Rights programs (aims at supporting the rights and benefits of the older population, including residents of long term care facilities and victims of abuse, neglect and financial exploitation).

The Illinois Division of Developmental Disabilities (IDDD)

The IDDD is the body in charge of providing services and support for individuals with developmental disabilities as well as for their families. IDDD’s services include:

  • In-Home Supports.
  • Respite Care.
  • Job Coaches.
  • Residential Living Arrangements.
  • Adaptive Equipment.
  • Other Supports to improve the quality of life of veterans.

The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA)

The IHDA was established to finance quality housing across Illinois that is also affordable. Available IHDA programs include:

  • Affordable homeownership (Thanks to IHDA’s low-interest and fixed-rate loans, qualified families can buy their first home more easily).
  • Affordable rental homes (IHDA also lends state and federal resources to developers to build or renovate more affordable apartments for rent).