Children and youth enter foster care for a number of reasons: neglect and/or physical, sexual abuse or victims of commercial sexual exploitation. In some circumstances, birth parents or relatives are unable to adequately provide for their children or youth. In other cases, children/youth are deemed to be at considerable at risk by staying with their birth parents. The children/youth that enter Nuevo Amanecer Latino Children’s Services almost always come into foster care with a combination of these circumstances.
How is Nuevo Amanecer Latino Different? Permanency drives foster care at Nuevo Amanecer Latino. Every child deserves a family and a safe place to call home.
Our goal is to provide a child or youth with lasting connections with a family. Our hope is to return children and youth to their birth parents. If reunification with parents, relatives is not possible, we strive to find a resource parent who can provide a home while the child/youth remains a part of a family setting. Whatever the case, we strive to keep siblings together in foster care or commit to provide regular visitation with siblings who are not living together.
Children/youth return to the care of their birth parents after the family has successfully completed services and addressed the issues which brought them to the attention of DCFS.
Independence: Independence is a goal chosen for transitional age youth who can benefit by staying in care until the age of 21 as non minor dependents. Nuevo Amanecer Latino is responsible to develop plans to prepare these young people to learn skills necessary toward self sufficiency as adults, please see our mentoring program information.