ELGIN, IL

Helping you support the foster care community.

Meet Our Team

Vicki Kellenberger | TFI Advocate
elgin.il@theforgotteninitiative.org

Adiel Gardner | Worker Appreciation Coordinator
elg.il.appreciate@theforgotteninitiative.org

Karen Weiss | Families Serving Families Coordinator
elg.il.fsf@theforgotteninitiative.org

We Serve:

Agencies

  • DCFS – Elgin
  • DCFS – Aurora
  • DCFS – DeKalb
  • LSSI – Aurora
  • Kane County CASA

Counties

  • Kane County
  • DeKalb County

Our Church Partners

Because of these Church Partners, we are able to help more people support the foster care community!

  • Apostolic Christian Church
  • Christ Community Church
  • Christ Presbyterian Church PCA
  • New Covenant Bible Church
  • Redeemer Fellowship
  • Riverside Community Church

If you are interested in becoming a Church Partner, contact us!

Current Opportunities to Serve

First Response

First Response provides a way for immediate, tangible needs to be met through local churches. This program works directly through agency referrals and serves vulnerable families, relative foster parents, young adults, children in foster care, and foster parents.

Let us know if you’d like to be on the list to learn of needs as they arise. Contact us

Worker Appreciation

Foster care workers’ jobs can be heartbreaking, challenging,
and overwhelming with little appreciation.

Interested in learning more or getting involved, please Contact us!

Let’s come together to show these amazing employees that their work in serving families and children is needed and appreciated!

Caseworker Car Kits

Agency Workers often spend hours transporting children to and from parent visits, doctor appointments, and other required activities. Car Kits help keep things organized and clean in the vehicle, as well as help the hours go by a little faster for the children in their care.

Contact us to put together a Caseworker Car Kit!

Journey Bags

Agency Workers often spend hours transporting children to and from parent visits, doctor appointments, and other required activities. Car Kits help keep things organized and clean in the vehicle, as well as help the hours go by a little faster for the children in their care.

Contact us to put together a Journey Bag!

Give a Gift

We depend on generous donors like you! 100% of your donation stays local so that we can continue helping to support the foster care community through awareness, encouragement, and advocacy!

GIVE NOW

Thank you for your generosity!

Request Forms

If you are an agency worker these are helpful links for you!

  • Agency Request Form – Link

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FAQs

Where are you located?

Because we are a volunteer based ministry, we do not have an office location locally.

How are you funded?

By generous donors like you! 100% of your donation stays local so that we can continue helping to support the foster care community! Join us by giving a gift today!

Is TFI faith-based?

Yes! You can read our statement of faith here. We want to see people everywhere supporting the foster care community and experiencing Jesus together!

Is TFI a foster care agency?

No. We love our local agencies, and we support them in all that we do through awareness, encouragement, and advocacy.

Is TFI unique to our area?

Our local ministry is part of a national organization, which has advocates all across the nation! Check out all of our locations here.

Your Advocate

Vicki Kellenberger
elgin.il@theforgotteninitiative.org
(847) 421-5379

Contact Us

Recent Posts

TFI

National Foster Care Month

Did you know that May is National Foster Care Month?! To celebrate, we're releasing a brand new resource and we want to give it to you for FREE! Last May, we launched our children's book…
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April 30, 2019

People everywhere supporting the foster care community and experiencing Jesus together.

People everywhere supporting the foster care community and experiencing Jesus together.

Who We Support

Foster Parents

Agency Workers

Vulnerable Adults

Children