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For close to 100 years, LYDIA Home Association has been making a difference in the lives of Chicago children and families who are dealing with everything from homelessness and poverty to abuse and neglect. LYDIA has a residential treatment center that’s home to 40 kids, plus non-traditional high schools, foster care program and much more. These kids are dealing with a lot, but they know one thing for sure: at LYDIA, they are loved. Join us to make an impact!
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Strengthening families to care for children
and caring for children when families cannot.

    About LYDIA

    Home · About Us At a time when our culture often seems to be coming apart, LYDIA is helping put families back together. Founded as an orphanage in 1916, it has become a successful alternative to state-run foster care and family assistance agencies. LYDIA’s faith-based approach to helping troubled families and children is unique, reaching people in diverse communities with a continuum of clinical and supportive services, including:
    • Safe Families (short-term housing arrangements for children)
    • Foster Care
    • Residential Treatment
    • Learn & Care Preschool
    • LYDIA Urban Academy (alternative high schools in Chicago and Rockford)
    • Counseling Services
    • And many others

    LYDIA serves children and families in three Illinois locations (Chicago, Lyons, Rockford) and in Quad Cities, Iowa, while LYDIA International cares for those in Romania and France, and our Safe Families for Children program has expanded into more than 27 cities. A Christian organization, we extend the truth of Scripture and God’s love to people of all religious, racial, and economic backgrounds. Our professionally trained psychologists, social workers and other staff members address all the important issues that can crush the human spirit and destroy lives, ministering to children and their parents one heart at a time.

    "Strengthening families to care for children and caring for children when families cannot."

    — LYDIA Mission Statement
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