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Foster homes hit hard by the pandemic

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(WSIL) -- Caritas, the second largest provider of foster care services in Illinois, says this year has been hard on their services.

This is making donations even more important.

Caritas provides services to people of all ages, but CEO Gary Huelsmann says the pandemic has been especially difficult for those in their foster program.

He says foster families have lost jobs, been infected with COVID, or have had to make arrangements to accommodate children who are not in school.

All of this leads to an extra draw on resources.

In addition to the pandemic, he says looming cuts at the state level will soon make their work more difficult as well.

"There's promises from our legislators in the southern region that there will be cuts to services, but the needs don't go away. Even though the services may get cut, the needs of families are continue to be there and we need that help from the community to care for one another."

Other than monetary donations, Huelsmann asks folks to consider becoming foster parents, or if they have the skill set, applying to become case workers.

If people would like to make a monetary donation to Caritas Family Solutions, go to their website at

John Ross

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