LYDIA provides HOPE, HEALING, and HOME to children in foster care.

HOPE is a future.

Lydia empowers kids exposed to trauma to believe in a brighter tomorrow.

HEALING is the restoration of God-given dignity.

Lydia provides an integrated, holistic approach to help children recover from the emotional, physical and/or sexual abuse they’ve endured.

HOME is finding a child’s forever family.

For those who live at Lydia, home means a safe and nurturing environment for them to grow.

LYDIA Home Association is a Christian, non-profit organization that has been serving children in Chicago since 1916. Our mission is to strengthen families to care for children and to care for children when families cannot. Our programs are meant to both serve youth in care and be a blessing to our local community. Please see our programs page to learn more.

LYDIA Home Association was named after a woman in the Bible recorded in the book of Acts. The woman, Lydia, was a faithful, Godly woman who opened her home to those who needed shelter. (Acts 16:14-15)

LYDIA Home: By the Numbers


LYDIA  was founded in Chicago’s Northwest side as an orphanage in 1916.

We have been in continuous operation,

serving children in need, for more than a century.




The percentage of LYDIA funding that goes to programs serving children.

We carefully watch our overhead to provide the best care for our kids.




Our staff of just over a hundred has a cumulative total

of over 1,000 years working at LYDIA.




Our residential Treatment Program is consistently ranked

as a Level 1 program,

the highest possible rating granted by DCFS.