For 100 years, LYDIA Home Association has been strengthening families to care for children and caring for children when families cannot. What began as a small group of individuals humbly trying to meet the most basic clothing needs of children living in an orphanage, has grown into a worldwide organization where children can find comfort and rest while seeking healing and freedom from the traumas of their past.

LYDIA is based in the Northwest side of Chicago and serves those at-risk by providing a continuum of services with the aim of improving children’s lives and restoring families.

Safe Families for Children is a subsidiary of Lydia Home Association. Since 2003, Safe Families for Children has offered sanctuary to thousands of children of families in crisis, minimizing the risk for abuse and neglect and giving parents the time and tools they need to help their families thrive. Their ultimate goal is to strengthen and support parents so they can become safe families for their own children. This is accomplished through a community of devoted volunteers motivated by compassion to keep children safe and out of foster care. For more information on ways that you can get involved, please visit

The Residential Treatment Program in Chicago provides critical care for children age 8-17 who are DCFS wards because they have been scarred by abuse, neglect, and suffer from emotional and behavioral problems.  This program served 54 children last year.

LYDIA’s Foster Care Program serves children and youth who have experienced abuse, neglect, or other family problems. This program also provides Specialized Foster Care for children who require skills from foster parents with specialized training.  Last year, 85 children were served.

LYDIA Urban Academy in Rockford, provides an individualized secondary education for low-income students who are at a high risk of dropping out of school due to failure within the traditional school setting.  Through providing classroom instruction, mentoring, and job training skills for up to 70 students each year, the academy encourage students to earn a diploma, develop vocational skills, and contribute to society.

LYDIA Learn & Care Preschool is a full-day Christian preschool/day-care that provides a safe and caring atmosphere for children to develop intellectually, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Our thematic approach to learning is a fun way to encourage children to explore, discover, interact, and express themselves while they are being introduced to developmentally appropriate concepts in language, creative arts, science, math, music, social studies, and movement. We provided day care in Chicago to 84 last year.

LYDIA’s Counseling Center opened in 1996 to help meet the many needs facing people in our community. Our services are available to individuals from all religious, racial and economic backgrounds. Services include:

  • Counseling for children, teens, adults and families
  • Marital and premarital counseling
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
  • Psychological evaluations
  • Consultations to pastors, churches, community groups and schools
  • And school-based training and workshops

Today, LYDIA Home Association seeks to build upon 100 years of life-transforming care for children by enhancing our services and expanding our programs through new and deeper partnerships with individuals, corporations, foundations, and local churches who also desire to make a difference in the lives of children.