- Posted by Let It Be Us
- On November 13, 2017
Let It Be Us held an adoptive and foster parent recruitment event on Saturday, November 11 in Joliet, Illinois. The audience focused their attention on a panel of 4 agencies, each presenting their programs and parenting opportunities. The panel was joined by keynote speaker and adoptive mother, Konnie Ford, who is in the process of adopting her 3rd child from foster care. The program was moderated by Bob Noonan, Let It Be Us board member and adoptive father. Noonan shared his personal journey through foster care and adoption and stressed that the large and energetic crowd “posed a lot of great questions that led to some incredible open dialogue about foster care and adoption through foster care.” Nadiya Ali, Let It Be Us board member and chair of the Finding Forever Families program commented, “The personal experiences that were shared helped ground the fostering process and reinforce the importance of the time investment.”
Cemeno’s Restaurant in Joliet, Illinois, opened their doors to the event as their owner, Sharon Cemeno, has been involved in foster parenting. “I’ll do whatever I can to help these children,” Cemeno commented.
Katie Friend, Adoption Recruiter for The Heart Gallery of Illinois, a photography and story exhibit of some of the waiting Illinois children, asked for a raise of hands of people who would be interested in adopting a child who is 10 years old and up. As a dozen hands were raised, she smiled and invited them to meet with her after the event. While there are younger children listed on the Heart Gallery of Illinois, the average age of a child in foster care is 8.
The following agency recruiters, who presented at this event, are in need of Illinois residents in and throughout the Chicagoland area who are willing to become foster and/or adoptive parents. Their contact information follows:
Foster Care Case Manager
Children’s Home and Aid Society
312-455-5200 ext. 533
Adoption Recruiter for The Heart Gallery of Illinois and The Center for Law and Social Work
The next Let It Be Us adoptive and foster parent recruitment event takes place on December 9 in Champaign Illinois. You can learn more about this event here.
Let It Be Us is an Illinois 501(c)(3) with the mission of adoption and education of children in Illinois foster care. You can learn more about their work here and you can learn about their Board of Directors here.
For more information about these adoptive parent and foster parent recruitment events please contact the Let It Be Us Founder and Executive Director, Susan McConnell at susanmcconnell @ letitbeus.org.
All media inquires should be directed to Susan Stoga, Let It Be Us Board Member and Partner of Carson Stoga Communications, at Susan@CarsonStoga.com.
These events are sponsored through a grant from the Chicago law firm of Howard & Howard.