Our Community of Illinois (OCI) was established in 2005 to address the lack of resources available to foster children and youth. Through their work in the Illinois child welfare system, OCI's founders witnessed first-hand the obstacles these children and youth faced daily.
More than 16,000 children and youth reside in Illinois' foster care system. These children and youth have suffered abuse, neglect, and loss through no fault of their own. While in foster care, they often lack the permanency and stability necessary for them to feel safe, grow, and learn. Like all of us, they have dreams and aspirations. Unfortunately, they often lack the opportunities to make their dreams come true because of scarce governmental resources.