HealthWorks of Illinois
Bureau of Maternal and Infant Health
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services

Program Description


DCFS wards under age 21 in downstate Illinois and under age 6 in Cook County.


To ensure children in foster care receive comprehensive health services.


HealthWorks of Illinois helps foster parents to meet the health care needs of children placed in their care. Local program staff can assist foster parents in finding a physician, understanding a child's health problems and ensuring that children receive the routine and specialized health care services they need.

Delivery Method

Health care networks are led by nineteen HealthWorks agencies responsible for program operation, training medical case managers and recruiting more primary care physicians to serve foster children. Medical case managers from local health departments or community-based organizations work with foster parents and physicians to coordinate health care services.

Program Data

Program Expenditure (Numbers in 000's) $1,596.0 $1,596.0 $1,608.8 $1,596.8
Number of Grantees 19 19 19 19
Number Served* 15,584 17,100 16,320 16,668

*Includes children age 0 through 21

Program Effectiveness

  • This program has proven to be most effective in improving access to health care for children from birth through 5 years of age.
  • 89% of the wards downstate are current with their immunizations and 90 percent were current with their well child visits
  • 54% of the Chicago area wards were current with their immunizations and 59 percent were current with their well child visits.
  • 99% of all foster children in medical case management have been identified with a primary care physician, an increase from 93% in 1998.