Case Study: There's No Place Like Close to Home

ArcNews July, 2007

Safety-and-Preparedness Demographics-and-Planning

"A child's universe is about 10 square blocks," observes Nancy Hughes, president and CEO of Volunteers of America of Illinois, a nonprofit organization involved in foster care in the Chicago area. "Within that world are the familiar touchstones of life—school, playgrounds, neighbors, and friends—a geography reflected in its familiarity, constancy, and comfort." As part of its mission, Volunteers of America of Illinois serves foster children referred by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (IDCFS), which now makes GIS part of the process for matching a child in need of foster care.