Dear Friends of ECFA:
ECFA has been going through a challenging time since the creation and subsequent implementation of the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act. For several months, ECFA’s Board of Directors has been working with the help of Alliance Defense Fund to maintain our status of providing foster care services.
Unfortunately, those efforts have not been successful.
On September 8, 2011, we received a letter from Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) stating that DCFS had made the decision not to renew ECFA’s Foster Care contracts for this fiscal year due to what they believe is our unwillingness to comply with the Act. While we disagree with DCFS’s interpretation of the Civil Union Act and believe that ECFA is in compliance with all federal and state laws, we understand that it is at their discretion to provide us with a contract. What this means for ECFA is that we will be required to transfer all of our DCFS foster care cases to other agencies.
The mission and vision of ECFA remains the same. We will continue to provide caring, compassionate services to the clients in the Adoption, Counseling, Intact Family Services, Pregnancy Support, and Safe Families programs. We will also maintain our status as a licensed Child Welfare Agency in the state of Illinois, and accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services.
We are thankful for the prayers and words of encouragement from many of our supporters and friends. It is also encouraging to reflect upon God’s word in Romans 8:28, “In all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Please continue to pray for our staff, the children that we serve, and the families who care for them as they adjust to this transition in their lives.