THE NEED...

Deep budget cuts prevent children’s facilities from  providing critical opportunities that give kids hope,  and there are not enough state resources to provide basic necessities for homeless youth. 

 

FAH4K’s Serves 1,350 children in partnership with 18 local group facilities for foster & unaccompanied  

homeless youth...4 Brighter Futures. 

 

We Partner with corporations, schools and groups to leverage resources and services to create the best outcome for kids in desperate need...4 Brighter Futures. 

1 in 4 Kids… on average are forced

into violent modern-day slavery within 72 hours of becoming homeless. 

  • Chicago* is one of the leading cities in human trafficking.

  • There are approximately 25,000 unaccompanied homeless youth in Illinois & only 600 beds. 

  • Most homeless sites close at 5pm, leaving youth without shelter at night.

  • Many are former foster children who were placed in dangerous neighborhoods after they aged out, leaving them with little opportunities...

    4 Brighter Futures.. 

*Chicago is one of the Leading Cities in human trafficking, (Illinois Issues, Publication of the University of Illinois, Springfield)  

25,000

Homeless kids

struggle to survive in Illinois.

20,000

Illinois homeless kids navigate their education while living on the streets.

17,920

The approximate number of Illinois children in DCFS custody. 

3,347

Foster children living in Illinois are waiting to be adopted.

On an average night in Illinois...

  • Hundreds of homeless kids in Illinois are turned away from shelters daily because there are not enough beds.

  • They sleep in garages, couch hop, dumpsters, abandoned buildings, under viaducts, ...wrapped in dirty blankets, newspaper, or tarps to stay warm and hidden from danger and natural environmental elements (like rats) to protect their bodies.

  • Many street kids are exploited and forced into survival sex for food and shelter. 

 

 

Fill a Heart 4 Kids is a 501(c)(3) organization. Your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

We hand deliver each gift to ensure that orphans and homeless youth receive your gifts.

Please mail check donations to - Fill a Heart 4 Kids, 400 E Illinois Rd, Lake Forest, IL 60045 or you can make a donation online.
© 2019 Fill a Heart 4 Kids, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

*There are over 120,000 orphans in America, while another 400,000 children live without permanent families (HHS; AFCARS).

 An estimated 1.3 million youths are struggling to survive without consistent food or shelter or any support from family (Government Data 2017).

 

To protect the privacy of the children we serve, their names are always changed.

Our stories are based on true events.

If you would like to volunteer at a children's group home or participate in special events with homeless youth - a background check is required..