LYDIA provides HOPE, HEALING, and HOME to children and families

Serving children in Chicago since 1916



LYDIA Home Association is a Christian, nonprofit organization that has been serving children in Chicago since 1916.


LYDIA Home Association was named after a woman in the Bible recorded in the book of Acts. The woman, Lydia, was a faithful, godly woman who opened her home to those who needed shelter. (Acts 16:14-15)


Our mission is to strengthen families to care for children and to care for children when families cannot. Our programs are meant to both serve youth in care and be a blessing to our local community.



Our Pillar Program Continuum of Care

At LYDIA we proudly offer six foundational pillars of care in which we provide support children and families at any stage in their journey.

1. Intact Family Services

DCFS-involved families are empowered to remain intact as in-home support and services promote safety and well-being.

Lydia - Family Service

2. Foster Care Program

Children and youth are supported in loving homes as their parents receive services with the goal of reunification.

Lydia - Foster Care

3. Residential Treatment

Children ages 6-18 receive intensive behavioral and emotional therapy to be able to successfully reintegrate into a positive family environment.

Lydia - Residential Treatment

4. Counseling Center

Therapists support individuals and families of all ages and backgrounds in their journey toward healing and well-being.

Lydia - Counseling Centers

5. Safe Families for Children

A network of volunteer families provides temporary homes for children whose families are facing a crisis.

Lydia - Safe Families

6. Safe Families PLUS

Providing trained volunteer mentors with youth residents of Lydia Home who are aging out of the foster care program.

Lydia - Safe Families

 How to Support LYDIA Home

Lydia - Donate


LYDIA Home is on the frontlines of helping children day in and day out. It goes without saying that a donation to LYDIA Home not only changes the lives of our residents, it creates a life for them.

Lydia - Volunteer


LYDIA Home is always looking for volunteers who want to make a difference in a child’s life.

Lydia - Foster a Child


LYDIA Home’s Foster Care Program is second to none. LYDIA goes above and beyond, working with DCFS, the natural family, and the foster family to ensure that children receive the care they need until the hopeful goal is achieved of seeing families reunited.