Mentor for Youth in Foster Care

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COOK COUNTYChicago, IL 60641


Nationally, each year an estimated 25,000 youth emancipate or "age out" of the foster care system, over 1,000 in Illinois alone.

A significant amount of youth in the child welfare system will never be placed in a permanent home and will age out of foster care with few supports or opportunities. Safe Families PLUS (Providing Lasting Unconditional Support) Mentors are key partners in helping older youth successfully transition to adulthood. Mentors are paired with a youth or young adult between the ages of 14 to 21, and are expected to commit to at least a year of meeting on a consistent basis. Mentors can serve as "anchor families" to youth, providing a safety net to fall back on after leaving the child welfare system.


  • Child Welfare
  • Child Development
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Social Media / Blogging
  • Youth Services
  • Community Outreach

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 25
  • Orientation or Training
  • Twice per month for at least one year.
  • Able to travel to or pick up the youth mentee from group home or foster home.

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