Psychology Night Research Posters and Presentations


Dhruti Patel

Faculty Sponsor, if applicable

Our Children’s Homestead

Project Abstract

Our Children’s Homestead is a specialized foster agency that attempts to provide stable housing to youth that have cases opened with the Department of Child and Family Services. As a specialized agency, OCH receives intake from DCFS for those that meet the diagnostic criteria for a mental illness. The demographic that describes the population served includes youth of all ages under 18, all racial/ethnic categories, and all sexual and gender identities. All youth served are placed in foster homes throughout most northern counties in Illinois. Asides from their goal of achieving permanency for youth in foster care, OCH offers a mentoring program in which clients have access to connect with and communicate with professional or volunteer mentors. OCH also offers a program called L.E.A.P. in which the agency builds partnerships with recreational facilities and organizations within the community to allow clients to have the option of accessing activities outside of home and school.

Type of Research

Independent Study


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