Cooperative Transitional Living
Three residential facilities designed to teach independent living skills to pregnant and parenting teen girls between the ages of 17-21. Upon completion of the program, the young women will be able to use the education and independent living skills they have acquired from the program to live on their own.
Individual apartments, shared with their children;
Working, full- or part-time;
Enrolled in college or a vocational program;
Emancipate out of the system (age 21);
Licensing, Recruitment & Training
Lakeside selects families and individuals who meet the Illinois Licensing Standards for Foster Family Homes. Licensing Representatives are assigned to each foster home and conduct risk assessments, home studies, home monitoring, compliance investigations and recommendations for licensure and renewal.
Traditional/Relative Foster Care
Our Traditional Foster Care Program is designed to enable qualified community residents to provide quality foster care services to needy children.
Once an individual or family has been selected to participate in our Foster Care Programs, Lakeside provides that family with a continuum of services designed to facilitate a positive foster care relationship.
In our Relative Foster Care Program, children are kept within their actual families (grandparents, aunts and other relatives). Lakeside has developed a variety of effective strategies to engage relative caregivers in a hands-on-approach that involves them more quickly in the dynamics of the care giving process and that assists them in meeting DCFS standards for child caregivers.
In supporting these relationships, whether Traditional or Relative, the Lakeside staff encourages such positive values as faith, unity, self-esteem, determination and productivity.
Lakeside TPSN Goals:
To reduce the number of placements experienced by the client.
To reduce the number of pregnancies.
To increase the enrollment of pregnant class members in prenatal care.
To increase enrollment of parenting class members and their children in primary health care services.
To increase enrollment of class members in school, job training programs, GED programs or employment.