LYDIA Home/Safe Families

At a time when our culture often seems to be coming apart, LYDIA is helping put families back together. Founded as an orphanage in 1916, it has become a successful alternative to state-run foster care and family assistance agencies. LYDIA’s faith-based approach to helping troubled families and children is unique, reaching people in diverse communities with a continuum of clinical and supportive services, including:

  • Safe Families (short-term housing arrangements for children)
  • Foster Care
  • Residential Treatment
  • Learn & Care Preschool
  • LYDIA Urban Academy (alternative high schools in Chicago and Rockford)
  • Counseling Services
  • And many others

LYDIA is a Christian multi-service agency in operation for more than 90 years.

Mission
LYDIA is a national, Christ-honoring organization whose mission is to strengthen families to care for children and care for children when families cannot.

Vision
LYDIA wants every child to be loved and cared for.

LYDIA serves children and families in three Illinois locations (Chicago, Lyons, Rockford) and in Quad Cities, Iowa, while LYDIA International cares for those in Romania and France, and our Safe Families for Children program has expanded into more than 27 cities. A Christian organization, we extend the truth of Scripture and God’s love to people of all religious, racial, and economic backgrounds. Our professionally trained psychologists, social workers and other staff members address all the important issues that can crush the human spirit and destroy lives, ministering to children and their parents one heart at a time.