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  • Adoptive Parent Recruitment , Foster Parent Recruitment , Latest News , Press
  • May 17, 2018
Someone recently asked, “How can I best engage with Let It Be Us?”  Our answer is, “Subscribe to our NEWS!” Our News is a communications blog that is published as an email that arrives in subscribers inboxes. While we communicate with our subscribers about parent recruitment events, awards, and stories, we also publish information on
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4 Children Waiting in Caseworker’s Office – Waukegan, Illinois – Can You Help?

  • Adoptive Parent Education , Foster Parent Recruitment , Latest News
  • March 26, 2018
UPDATE: The two youngest children have been placed. The two 5 year old and 8 year old sisters continue to wait. Let It Be Us has been asked to locate licensed foster parents for 4 healthy and waiting children, now, in Waukegan, Illinois. The 4 siblings are aged 6 months, 3 years, 5 years, and
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Struggling with Infertility – Consider Adoption from Foster Care

  • Adoptive Parent Recruitment , Foster Parent Recruitment , Latest News
  • February 23, 2018
It’s interesting to realize that 1 in 8 couples in America struggle to build a family.  The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that’s 15% of couples in America.  It’s further interesting to realize that infertility doesn’t discriminate against race, religion, sexual orientation or economic status.  Interesting again, because neither does adoption from
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4 Year Old Needs Parents – Can You Be the Wind Beneath His Wings?

  • Adoptive Parent Recruitment , Foster Parent Recruitment , Latest News , Press
  • February 15, 2018
We are in need of a two parent family for a 4 year old little boy named Chase who is very active, funny and likes to take on the father role at home helping the father with projects.  Chase needs to be the youngest in the family. The parents need to have excellent parenting skills
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Mentor Children in Foster Care – Enroll Now – Chicago and Northern Illinois

  • Educational Mentorship Program , Latest News , Press
  • February 7, 2018
Join our exclusive team of Mentors and Educational Mentors at Let It Be Us. We serve the older children within the Illinois foster care system as well as those children living in foster care group homes. We focus on the children who are older and who most likely will never be adopted. Our goals are
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15 Year Old Girl in Need of a Home – Urgent

  • Adoptive Parent Recruitment , Foster Parent Recruitment , Latest News , Press
  • January 24, 2018
A 15 year old girl in need of a an Illinois licensed foster or adoptive home is waiting. She is very caring and loving with siblings, is a good student and attends school in the Antioch, Illinois area. This need is urgent. Please complete and submit this Inquiry Form.   This urgent request is brought
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Adoption from Foster Care – One Proud Day in Review

  • Adoptive Parent Recruitment , Foster Parent Recruitment , Latest News , Press
  • January 23, 2018
2017 rang in over 2,000 adoptions from foster care in Illinois. Let It Be Us had a front row seat to this adoption of two little boys who waited in foster care for over 2,000 days. Bob and Wendy Noonan, the self deputized biological empty nesters of three free range young adults, took these little
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Let It Be Us Welcomes a Partnership with The Luby Group with @Properties

  • Latest News , Press
  • January 10, 2018
Finding forever familes for children is what Let It Be Us strives for and The Luby Group with @Properties, whose business it is to find homes, shares that vision. The Luby Group with @Properties will be donating a percentage of every real estate commission to Let It Be Us. Together, the two organizations will be
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The Clock is Ticking – Children in Foster Care Wait for US – Your Year-End Gift

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  • December 24, 2017
As you make your year-end gifts, we hope you will consider helping the children we serve. We remain steadfast with our commitment to finding adoptive solutions and educational opportunities for children in Illinois foster care. We are reminded every day that our work in Illinois is unique and one-of-a-kind and we’re making a remarkable difference
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Urgent – Not Your Typical Kid Needs a Family

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  • December 20, 2017
He’s not your typical teenager. He likes to play his trumpet and being in the marching band at school. He’s friendly, open minded, open to conversation, well-mannered, kind, and intelligent. He’s enrolled in AP classes. He identifies his challenges and sees things differently than others.  He struggles with time management and he over-thinks things. His
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Tutors/Teachers Needed for Girls in Foster Care to Succeed ASAP

  • Latest News , Press
  • December 12, 2017
Let It Be Us works with a group of high school girls in a foster care group home who need immediate tutoring help so they can end the semester well. The areas of study are english, history, biology, physical science, algebra and geometry. We’ve set up a study group at a Barrington area library that will
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Adoption Attorney Ellyn Bullock Addresses “The Legalities of Love” at Foster and Adoptive Parent Recruitment Event in Champaign, Illinois on December 9

  • Adoptive Parent Recruitment , Latest News , Press
  • November 30, 2017
Ellyn Bullock, an adoption attorney who has handled over a thousand adoptions by foster care, is set to deliver her speech entitled “The Legalities of Love: a Lawyer’s Look at the Foster to Adoption Path” at the Let It Be Us foster and adoptive parent recruitment event “Finding Forever Families” on Saturday, December 9th, 9:00am
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Sister and Brother, Ages 3 and 7 – An Immediate Need for Licensed Foster Parents in Chicago

  • Adoptive Parent Recruitment , Foster Parent Recruitment , Latest News , Press
  • November 27, 2017
Let It Be Us has received a call for licensed foster parents for two siblings, a little girl and a little boy, aged 3 and 7.  The request is for Chicago, Illinois. The caseworker reports that they do not seem to have any particular special needs, other than the trauma of being removed from a
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Holiday Pantry Stocking Food Drive for Our Group Homes

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  • November 21, 2017
During the holiday season you can help by stocking our 3 group home pantries with healthy and sustainable food. All donations are being collected in the heart of Barrington, Illinois at Phillips Men’s Wear, 100 Station Street, Barrington, Illinois, 60010, during regular store hours.  We ask that all food be delivered in grocery bags.  This is
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RECRUITING FOSTER PARENTS AND ADOPTIVE PARENTS IN CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS on DECEMBER 9

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  • November 20, 2017
Let It Be Us is recruiting foster and adoptive parents in Champaign, Illinois on Saturday, December 9, from 9:00am - 12:00pm. Learn about licensing and learn about some of the waiting children.
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Adoptive and Foster Parents Recruited in Joliet, Illinois – A Riveted Audience

  • Latest News , Press , Uncategorized
  • 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
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3 Teens in Chicago Shelter Seek Foster/Adoptive Families

  • Latest News , Press
  • October 30, 2017
Chicago caseworkers have asked Let It Be Us to reach out in hopes of finding foster/adoptive families for three teens who currently wait in a homeless shelter.  
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Illinois Adoption Recruiter Needed

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  • October 22, 2017
A Bi-Lingual and Full-Time Adoption Recruiter is needed to provide intensive, child-specific recruitment of adoptive families for children in the Cook and Will County child welfare system. This is a full time position in the Cook and Will County areas.
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Participation Needed for Illinois DCFS Pediatric Health Care Survey for Foster Parents 2017

  • Latest News , Press
  • October 9, 2017
Dr. Paula Jaudes, Medical Director for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, is asking all parents of children in Illinois foster care, that you are now parenting or have recently parented, who have had health issues to please complete the Illinois DCFS Pediatric Health Care Survey for Foster Parents 2017.
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High School Junior – Funny, Sweet, Respectful – Needs a Home & Family

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  • September 19, 2017
William craves and needs the support of a family and an experienced parent or parents.  His caseworker says he is funny, sweet and respectful. Preferably living in or near Waukegan, Illinois is best, as his case worker will remain involved and is a great support for him.  It is also preferred for him to remain
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Recruiting Foster Parents and Adoptive Parents on Saturday, September 23rd in Waukegan, Illinois

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  • September 16, 2017
Four licensing and child placing agencies come together under one roof to help the children of Lake County, Illinois needing families. Hear from parent recruiters and case workers as well as keynote speaker Carolyne Osterheus, a mother of four children through adoption from foster care. Whether you are starting your parenting journey, or growing it,
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Welcoming Home a New Child in Foster Care by Dr. John DeGarmo, Foster Care Expert

  • Latest News , Press
  • August 24, 2017
Dr. John DeGarmo, foster care expert, guides our Let It Be Us audience on ways to handle the delicate situation of welcoming a child in foster care into your home and family.  We welcome Dr. DeGarmo as a featured guest blogger.  In all areas of life, preparation beforehand is wise. The placement of a new
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Featured Heart Gallery Photographer – Anna Venhaus – Photographing Children Awaiting Adoption from Foster Care

  • Latest News , Press
  • August 16, 2017
Anna Venhaus understands children and she understands the importance of photography, and therefore she volunteers as a Heart Gallery of Illinois photographer for Let It Be Us, photographing children who are available for adoption from foster care.
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What a Photographer Sees, and Feels, on an Adoption Day at a Chicago Court House

  • Latest News , Press
  • August 7, 2017
Let It Be Us Heart Gallery Photographer Jodi Swanson spends a day in a Chicago Adoption Court and tells us what she sees and how it makes her feel.
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Let It Be Us to Benefit from Arboretum of South Barrington’s 9th Annual UnCorked Event

  • Latest News , Press
  • July 19, 2017
The Arboretum of South Barrington’s 9th Annual Uncorked Event will benefit Let It Be Us and the nonprofit’s mission of adoption and education of children in Illinois foster care. This year’s wine and food festival is celebrated between 5:30 – 9:00pm on Tuesday, July 25th. Tickets are now available on line. Eight of the Arboretum’s
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Let It Be Us Attends a Secret Summer Camp for Children in Foster Care

  • Latest News , Press
  • July 13, 2017
The Let It Be Us team has returned from a week at a special summer camp for children in foster care who have survived trauma. This culmination of efforts made it possible for these children who desperately need a week of respite in the care of trained and committed camp staff.
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Barrington Nonprofits Work Together for Common Goals and Upcoming Events

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  • June 27, 2017
Let It Be Us was founded in Barrington, Illinois and was strategically strengthened by the established community nonprofits. All the way from the initial education offered by the Barrington Area Development Council on nonprofit leadership to grants from the Barrington Area Community Foundation for a website and marketing video and Barrington Children’s Charities for a
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Heart Gallery of Illinois Introduced to Illinois Legislature

  • Heart Gallery , Latest News , Press
  • June 5, 2017
State Representative Nick Sauer and Let It Be Us introduce the Heart Gallery of Illinois, a photo listing of children available for adoption and a digital resource for case workers and adoption recruiters searching for forever families for children in Illinois foster care.
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Let It Be Us Receives a $20,000+ Grant for Their Summer Camp Program Benefiting Illinois Children in Foster Care

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  • May 25, 2017
In an unprecedented move, the Illinois Association of Junior High Student Councils (IAJHSC) has awarded a more than $20,000 grant to the Let It Be Us Summer Camp Program. Let It Be Us is the group’s most recognized beneficiary as a young nonprofit.   The IAJHSC is a group of approximately 100 Illinois middle schools
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A Little Boy Who Has Grown Up in a Hospital Wants a Real Home

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  • April 13, 2017
A little boy who has just turned 5 is in need of a family.  He’s adorable, talkative, inquisitive, playful and developmentally fine. He’s become attached to his doctors and nurses, as he has spent his entire life in a hospital setting.  We expect that this little boy will be available for adoption once he is
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A National Siblings Day Adoption Story – From the Blog “Adopt-A-Huizenga!”

  • Latest News
  • April 10, 2017
On National Siblings Day – a day that honors brothers and sisters – we bring to you a new blog post by Erin Huizenga, a soon to be adoptive mother and mother of siblings.  Erin shares her family’s journey through adoption on her blog entitled “Adopt-A-Huizenga!”  We’ll be reposting Erin’s stories periodically as watch her
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Adoption from Foster Care – The Legal Process – Adoption Attorney Genie Gillespie Presents in Chicago

  • Latest News , Press
  • March 25, 2017
Let It Be Us welcomes keynote speaker Genie Gillespie, Adoption Attorney and expert in the legal world of adotion from foster care in Illinois, to the May 13th adoptive and foster parent recruitment event.
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Let It Be Us Prepares for New Foster and Adoptive Parent Recruitment Event in Chicago with Keynote Speaker Genie Gillespie, Adoption Attorney

  • Latest News , Press
  • March 24, 2017
Let It Be Us welcomes keynote speaker Genie Gillespie, Adoption Attorney and expert in the legal world of adotion from foster care in Illinois as well as agencies presenting information on waiting children.
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In Crying Need of Foster and Adoptive Parents – Grayslake, Illinois & Surrounding Areas – Call Now

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  • March 22, 2017
In crying need of foster and adoptive parents in McHenry and Lake Counties.
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“For the Babies Who Have Nothing” … Bless Your Hearts

  • Latest News
  • February 26, 2017
He arrived around 7:30pm wearing only a diaper, along with the traditional blanket, hat and booties provided by the hospital.  As his young mother opened the front door to the group home where she and her new baby would live, they were greeted by the Let It Be Us Educational Mentor who had been assigned
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Let It Be Us Kicks Off 1st of 6 Adoptive and Foster Parent Recruitment Events in Chicago

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  • February 20, 2017
Working with five foster and adoptive parent licensing agencies in and around Chicago, Let It Be Us kicked off the 2017 parent recruitment program – Finding Forever Families – by hosting one of its most successful parent recruitment events in history.  Taking place at the University of Illinois Chicago Student Center, the capacity crowd of potential
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Babies Who Have Nothing – An Immediate Drive To Donate

  • Latest News , Uncategorized
  • February 9, 2017
Let It Be Us works with an nearby group home where teen mothers live with their newborn babies.  Of late, they have absolutely nothing. The teen mothers are in need of: newborn clothes, baby bottles, pacifiers, baby blankets and towels, simply anything that newborns need. This need is urgent. (Some of these babies are very
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Chicago Agency Has Many Children Needing Homes – Register for Parent Recruitment Event

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  • February 7, 2017
“We have 206 Illinois children in our care and we simply do not have enough adoptive and foster parents,” says Vanessa Baie, Assistant Director of Volunteers of America, stationed in Chicago.  Baie’s office is located in Chicago’s South Loop’s Printer’s Row and her agency is privately licensed through the Illinois Department of Children and Family
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Share Your Adoption from Foster Care Success Stories

  • Latest News
  • February 1, 2017
Do you love your adoption from foster care story?  Inspire others to consider adoption from foster care by sharing your story. Some stories will be published on the Let It Be Us website. Our goal is to allow people to see and read the successful stories that many of us, as parents who have adopted
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Let It Be Us Announces 6 Adoptive and Foster Parent Recruitment Events for 2017

  • Latest News , Press
  • January 28, 2017
Let It Be Us announces 6 new Finding Forever Families events in 2017  – recruiting adoptive parents and foster parents in Illinois.  These town hall style events feature adoption recruiters and licensing workers from agencies throughout Illinois as well as keynote speakers such as the Director of Illinois DCFS, the Medical Director of DCFS, and
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“Kickoff for Kids” Super Bowl Watch Party & Raffle

  • Latest News , Press , Uncategorized
  • January 24, 2017
Join Let It Be Us for a Super Bowl Watch Party at a Wool Street Bar & Grill ! Sunday, February 5, 4:00 – 8:00 pm Enjoy all you can eat buffet featuring your favorite football foods, soft drinks and football fun from 4 p.m.until the game’s end. Cash bar available for adult beverages. This event
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Barrington Children’s Charities Grants $10,000 to Project Dignity – Let It Be Us

  • Latest News , Press , Uncategorized
  • January 18, 2017
Barrington Children’s Charities and Let It Be Us share the missions of helping children.  The Let It Be Us Teen Board has happily accepted the grant of $10,000 from Barrington Children’s Charities to expand Project Dignity which provides duffle bags full of new school supplies and personal care items to children in Illinois as they
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A Discovery of The Medical Kind Today with Children in Group Homes

  • Latest News , Press , Uncategorized
  • January 9, 2017
On their journey, our Educational Mentors have discovered a number of things that stand in the way of an effective education; sometimes the children lack a warm coat to make it to class, or the right eyeglasses to be able to keep up with the reading.  Where possible, Let It Be Us stands ready to
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Zen Parenting Podcast and The Story of Adoption, Fierce Love and Relentless Commitment

  • Latest News , Press , Uncategorized
  • January 8, 2017
This is how you create change in the world, one heart at a time!  Listen to this podcast with Zen Parenting Radio as Cathy and Todd Adams interview a brave 18 year old named Kyle, who was adopted at the age of 5, and his mother, Carolyne Ryan Osterhues, who now refers to him as
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Agency Has Immediate Need for Foster/Adoptive Parents in Chicago and Northwest Suburbs

  • Latest News , Press , Uncategorized
  • December 30, 2016
An  agency in Arlington Heights, Illinois has reached out to Let It Be Us as they are in urgent need of foster parents/potential adoptive parents (may be single or married, other children are fine) with a traditional or specialized foster care license.  The situations are urgent and immediate.  A short term situation is fine and long
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Job Openings for the Newly Created Positions of “Professional Foster Parents” in Illinois

  • Latest News , Press , Uncategorized
  • December 27, 2016
Professional Foster Care Parenting opportunities are available immediately. Training begins in January 2017.
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All 19 Egg Harbor Cafe Restaurants Support Let It Be Us for Their 2016 Holiday Fundraiser

  • Latest News , Press , Uncategorized
  • December 17, 2016
Big thanks to Egg Harbor Cafe for supporting Let It Be Us in their “Pay It Forward” holiday campaign in all 19 Egg Harbor Restaurants, for the second year in a row.  “Supporting adoption from foster care comes in many shapes and sizes and we love this creative fundraiser,” said Board Chair Jennifer McAndrews.  “Egg
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Dear Donors, thank you. Love, our kids in group homes at christmas.

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  • December 14, 2016
Thank you to all of the Let It Be Us donors who are stepping up to make Christmas a memorable day for the children in our partner group homes. Because of you, these children have decorated trees, complete with holiday parties, with gifts underneath. The gifts are meeting their basic needs of  new coats, boots,
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Support Let It Be Us When You Shop on Amazon.com

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  • November 24, 2016
Amazon's charity arm, AmazonSmile, is an easy way to support the Let It Be Us mission, the adoption and education of children in Illinois foster care, when you shop on line, at no cost to you.
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Chicago Law Firm of Howard & Howard Provides Grant for Let It Be Us Finding Forever Families Program

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  • November 1, 2016
The Howard & Howard Community Reinvestment Fund, a charitable trust, has awarded a grant to the Let It Be Us Finding Forever Families Program. The trust is funded annually by Howard & Howard employees to benefit the communities in which Howard & Howard offices are located. Created in 1985, the Howard & Howard Community Reinvestment
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Educators Help Foster Youth Overcome Instability with a Grant From Apple Founder’s Widow, Laurene Powell Jobs

  • Latest News , Press , Uncategorized
  • October 31, 2016
Laurene Powell Jobs, philanthropist and widow of late Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs, has funded a competition called “XQ: The Super School Project.” One of the winners announced this week will take home $10 million as seed money to launch a charter school for foster and homeless youth.  The team of educators that won
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Adopt from Illinois Foster Care as an Older, Single Parent – Let’s Set Things Straight!

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  • October 25, 2016
But adoption from foster care busts those myths and opens the door to so many parenting opportunities. Have a read here and consider your options in adoption from foster care.
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Be a Let It Be Us Educational Mentor – Training Begins November 5!

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  • October 24, 2016
Let It Be Us Educational Mentors work with children living in group homes who are struggling to graduate from high school.  We offer an exceptional training program that prepares our mentors to belong to one of the most elite educational groups in the State of Illinois. We currently have two partner group homes in need
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Let It Be Us Bracelets Are Here!

  • Latest News
  • October 5, 2016
Each bracelet is unique, as is each child. Let It Be Us original handcrafted bracelets, designed by Joyce Younger, are available at the Colored Squid Gallery at 110 East Main Street in Barrington, Illinois.  Donations of any size are welcome as a thank you. These are perfect holiday gifts for girls of all ages. Each
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Let It Be Us Celebrates 2nd Annual Fundraising Golf Outing with Keynote Speaker Rodney Walker

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  • September 19, 2016
The Let It Be Us 2nd Annual Fundraising Golf Outing, held at Hawthorn Woods, hosted a crowd of day-long golfers and included an evening dinner with keynote speaker Rodney Walker, author of “From Foster Care to Yale.” Walker, who grew up in foster care on Chicago’s south side, found inspiration through a mentor who taught
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Medical Director of DCFS and Professor of Pediatrics at U of Chicago to Speak at September 10 Finding Forever Families Event

  • Latest News , Press , Uncategorized
  • August 20, 2016
Dr. Paula Kienberger Jaudes, Medical Director for DCFS and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Chicago will be one of the speakers on the panel to speak to potential foster and adoptive parents at the September 10th Let It Be Us Finding Forever Families Event held in Chicago.  Dr. Jaudes will discuss the needs
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The Day She Was Adopted – From the Heart of a Mother

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  • August 5, 2016
  Let It Be Us was invited to be present in the courtroom on the day of this little girl’s adoption.  Her name is Meren. The following is an interview with Meren’s mother about why she and her husband decided to adopt Meren from foster care, and what their hopes and dreams are for this
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DCFS Awards Certificate of Appreciation to Let It Be Us Board Chair Jennifer McAndrews

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  • July 26, 2016
  While the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) announced  53 college scholarship winners in Chicago, Director George Sheldon awarded the DCFS Certificate of Appreciation to Let It Be Us Board Chair Jennifer McAndrews. McAndrews champions the charity’s Project Dignity, which gives duffle bags and care packages containing new school supplies and college
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Be a Superhero – Adopt from Foster Care – Chicago – July 9 – Let It Be Us!

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  • July 1, 2016
Children in Illinois seeking foster and adoptive parents – all ages, stages and ethnicities. Adoption from foster care is free of cost and does not discriminate against age, income, marital status, gender or sexual orientation. For the first time ever – ten Illinois agencies are collaborating and this is your opportunity to hear about their
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A Secret Camp for 100 Children in Foster Care – Let It Be Us

  • Latest News , Press , Uncategorized
  • June 19, 2016
Sometimes, with Let It Be Us, we get to see things that are hidden from the rest of the world. This time, it was a secret camp built only for children in foster care.
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