Refugee Social Service activities are authorized under the Refugee Act of 1980 (PL 96-212) as amended, and by the Refugee Assistance Extension Act of 1986 (PL 99-605) as amended. The Act enables the Office of Refugee Resettlement, Department of Health and Human Services, to reimburse state governments for the provision of refugee social services as specified in 45 CFR 400. The designated single state agency for administering such funds in Illinois is the Department of Human Services (IDHS).

Immigrant Services are authorized by the General Assembly as approved by the Governor and administered by IDHS. IDHS endeavors to enhance service access and quality for foreign born Limited English Proficient persons through a variety of initiatives.

Refugee Services are coordinated through an administrative contract with the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. The Immigrant Family Resource Program, New Americans Initiative, and We Want to Learn English are coordinated through an administrative contract with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.