March 2017: Children's Health and Welfare

Child Welfare

Recently, the DuPage County “Continuum of Care” (a group of over 50 local organizations who are combining their efforts and working together to “develop and support effective strategies to end homelessness in DuPage County”) put out a report entitled “Snap Shot”. This report covered the period June 2013June 2014 and discussed things like the causes of homelessness; what’s working; and what’s needed to end this problem in DuPage County. The report had a section on children and homelessness. Would you be surprised to learn that from 2006 to 2014, the number of homeless students served in DuPage County has more than quadrupled? (Identified by the Illinois State Board of Education).
The report gave these numbers as well (for the homeless population): 

  • Number of families with children under 18 years: 182
  • Number of children under 18 years of age: 329
  • Number of children under the age of 5 years: 128
  • Number of single adults 18-21 years of age: 46

In Chicago, there are currently 18,000 homeless children. In the U.S., the figure is 1.6 million. Obviously, this is a growing problem that must be addressed. Access to a free and appropriate education and ability to maintain stability in school are “two of the most significant ways to decrease homelessness in the future”, according to the Snap Shot report. This is why the Foundation works with organizations like DuPage Pads, By the Hand Club for Kids, BUILD, and several other groups working with kids. We also support groups like Almost Home for Kids, Humanitarian Service Project and TriCity Family Services…all working to impact the lives of children, our most valuable, and vulnerable, future resource.

CLICK HERE for the listing of organizations that were impacted by Foundation funds.