Mission & Vision

Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois nurtures and strengthens children and families in need.


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Who We Are

ACAF_InnovatorSeal_smallLutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois improves the well-being of people across the state by protecting children, strengthening families and building futures for those who have experienced trauma. We do this as a leading provider of a variety of child welfare services. LCFS is a welcoming organization that serves people of all faiths, races, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender expressions and gender-identifications.

Mission Statement

To nurture and strengthen children and families in need.

Vision Statement

A world where all of God’s children have the opportunity for safe, healthy and meaningful lives.

LCFS’ Commitment

We expect the LCFS organizational culture to be color cognizant, believing in the importance of racial and ethnic differences because of their profound impact on individuals, groups, communities and society, as well as acknowledging the accompanying widespread racism and discrimination in our broader society. We expect that within the organization there be explicit, productive conversations about the role of race and culture in the work we do, as well as advocacy for addressing the social injustices that result from systemic racism.

Stated Values

The Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois Board of Trustees believes the following values should guide the development of key policies and practices of the agency:

  • Our understanding of God and His presence in the world.
  • Our Judeo-Christian Heritage and Lutheran tradition of promoting mercy, compassion and justice.
  • Equality
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Excellence
  • Collaboration
  • Responsive Capacity
  • Innovation
  • Stewardship of Resources
  • Accountability
  • Transparency
  • Inquiry
  • Leadership in Social Ministry
  • Integrity and Ethics

Click here to learn more about how each of these values guide the work of LCFS.

About LCFS

LCFS traces its roots to 1873 when several Lutheran churches in northern Illinois established the German Evangelical Lutheran Orphan Home in Addison, Illinois. Opening its doors that year to six young children, the orphan home grew quickly and expanded its services over the years. Today, LCFS has more than 300 employees at 14 office sites across Illinois partnering to provide impactful and values-driven services for the betterment of those we serve.

To learn more, contact LCFS at lcfs_info@lcfs.org.