UBUNTU CENTER OF CHICAGO
Center for SGL-LGBT  of African Descent Community

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UCenter for Families

Court Appointed Special Advocates


There are many LGBT youth in the foster care system in the Chicago areas that need help. Ubuntu Center wants to help more SGL-LGBT persons of African descent become a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) to children in the Chicago foster care system. There are over 2,000 cases of child abuse and neglect in the Chicago Family Court system. It is the goal of Ubuntu to recruit and train a volunteer advocates to serve every one of these children with the support of CASA Chicago

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Some of the duties of a CASA are: appearing at court hearings to make recommendations to the Court, continuing contacts with child, family, social workers and others to monitor court orders and overall being a great mentor to the child. We desperately need our community to step up to the plate and be there for our youth in the system.


Foster Parent

There are children in need of a parent. Have you thought about becoming a foster parent? Want to learn more? Ubuntu wants to offer you the support to learn and become a foster parent. You'll meet current foster parents, as well as individuals who have recently completed the foster parenting application process. You'll also hear about the many ways you can get involved which include:

•Fostering a child or youth in the child welfare system

•Hosting a runaway or homeless youth ages 12-17 for a period of 21 days

•Providing a Transitional Living Home for a runaway or homeless youth ages 16-22 for up to 18 months and

•Spreading awareness about the services provided through all of our Child Placement Programs

We will have a special focus on being a foster parent for older, LGBT youth. LGBT youth need foster parents, and you can help! The Ubuntu Center of Chicago will host an event in support of National Foster Care Month. Find out more about National Foster Care Month at www.fostercaremonth.org.

May is National Foster Care Month, a time to recognize that we each can play a part in enhancing the lives of children and youth in foster care. Find resources and information to help ensure that their future is bright.