High School Junior – Funny, Sweet, Respectful – Needs a Home & Family

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On September 19, 2017
Share This: 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 […]
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Recruiting Foster Parents and Adoptive Parents on Saturday, September 23rd in Waukegan, Illinois

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On September 16, 2017
Share This: 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 […]
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Welcoming Home a New Child in Foster Care by Dr. John DeGarmo, Foster Care Expert

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On August 24, 2017
Share This: 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 […]
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Let It Be Us Attends a Secret Summer Camp for Children in Foster Care

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On 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

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On June 27, 2017
Share This: 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 […]
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Heart Gallery of Illinois Introduced to Illinois Legislature

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On 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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Struggling with Infertility – Consider Adoption from Foster Care

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On May 4, 2017
Share This: Having just watched national infertility week come and go, and impact those of us who have struggled with it, it’s interesting to realize that 1 in 8 couples in America struggle to build a family.  The CDC says that’s 15% of couples in America.  It’s further interesting to realize that infertility doesn’t discriminate […]
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A Little Boy Who Has Grown Up in a Hospital Wants a Real Home

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On April 13, 2017
Share This: 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 […]
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A National Siblings Day Adoption Story – From the Blog “Adopt-A-Huizenga!”

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On April 10, 2017
Share This: 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 […]
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“For the Babies Who Have Nothing” … Bless Your Hearts

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On February 26, 2017
Share This: 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 […]
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Let It Be Us Kicks Off 1st of 6 Adoptive and Foster Parent Recruitment Events in Chicago

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On February 20, 2017
Share This: 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 […]
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Babies Who Have Nothing – An Immediate Drive To Donate

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On February 9, 2017
Share This: 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 […]
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Chicago Agency Has Many Children Needing Homes – Register for Parent Recruitment Event

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On February 7, 2017
Share This: “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 […]
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Share Your Adoption from Foster Care Success Stories

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On February 1, 2017
Share This: 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 […]
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Let It Be Us Announces 6 Adoptive and Foster Parent Recruitment Events for 2017

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On January 28, 2017
Share This: 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 […]
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“Kickoff for Kids” Super Bowl Watch Party & Raffle

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On January 24, 2017
Share This: 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. […]
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Barrington Children’s Charities Grants $10,000 to Project Dignity – Let It Be Us

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On January 18, 2017
Share This: 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 […]
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A Discovery of The Medical Kind Today with Children in Group Homes

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On January 9, 2017
Share This: 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 […]
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Agency Has Immediate Need for Foster/Adoptive Parents in Chicago and Northwest Suburbs

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On December 30, 2016
Share This: 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 […]
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Dear Donors, thank you. Love, our kids in group homes at christmas.

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On December 14, 2016
Share This: 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 […]
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Support Let It Be Us When You Shop on Amazon.com

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On 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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Educators Help Foster Youth Overcome Instability with a Grant From Apple Founder’s Widow, Laurene Powell Jobs

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On October 31, 2016
Share This: 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 […]
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Be a Let It Be Us Educational Mentor – Training Begins November 5!

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On October 24, 2016
Share This: 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 […]
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Illinois Adoption Recruiter Needed

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On October 22, 2016
Share This: Let It Be Us has been asked to help recruit the right person for the position of Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Adoption Recruiter in Illinois. Those of us at Let It Be Us work as partners with Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Adoption Recruiters in building the bridge between waiting children and potential foster and adoptive […]
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Let It Be Us Bracelets Are Here!

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On October 5, 2016
Share This: 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 […]
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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

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On August 20, 2016
Share This: 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 […]
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The Day She Was Adopted – From the Heart of a Mother

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On August 5, 2016
Share This:   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 […]
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DCFS Awards Certificate of Appreciation to Let It Be Us Board Chair Jennifer McAndrews

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On July 26, 2016
Share This:   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 […]
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Be a Superhero – Adopt from Foster Care – Chicago – July 9 – Let It Be Us!

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On July 1, 2016
Share This: 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 […]
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Be a Mother. Be a Hero.

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On May 7, 2016
Share This: “She makes broken look beautiful and strong look invincible. She walks with the universe on her shoulders and makes it look like a pair of wings. She is proud of many things in her life, and most proud of being a mother.” While children are waiting, consider attending a Finding Forever Families event […]
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WGN Reports New Hope for Illinois Child Welfare System

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On May 4, 2016
Share This: As WGN  reports, there is new hope for the Illinois child welfare system. See how Let It Be Us provides creative services to these children and their agencies through their mission – the adoption and education of children in Illinois foster care. Also, see a rare interview with new DCFS Chief, George Sheldon, […]
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Barrington Area Community Foundation Grant Awarded

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On April 27, 2016
Share This: Let It Be Us announces their second grant awarded from the Barrington Area Community Foundation in Barrington, Illinois. The Barrington Area Community Foundation was established 16 years ago to grant seed money to charitable organizations in the Barrington, Illinois area for the purpose of initiating or expanding programs and projects that address unmet […]
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“Fasten Your Seatbelt!” An Educational Mentor Reports

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On April 19, 2016
Share This: As a Let It Be Us Educational Mentor, Jewell completed her training in January and in February was assigned to a child in foster care living in a group home.  Matt, age 17,  was just inches from graduating from high school when the finish line fell out of sight.  “He had given up […]
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Recruiting Educational Mentors for Young Mothers in Foster Care

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On March 26, 2016
Share This: The Let It Be Us “Educational Mentorship Program” serves older children within the foster care system who live in group homes. Our goals are to ensure these children meet high school graduation requirements and enter college or vocational school. Our program offers 4 training sessions, certification and follow-on workshops for additional training.  This […]
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Countryside School Spring 5K to Benefit Children in Foster Care Group Homes

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On March 11, 2016
Share This: Barrington’s Countryside Cares Student Volunteer Club’s Spring 5K to Benefit Let It Be Us and Sends Springtime Wishes to Children in Foster Care The students from the Countryside Cares Club made springtime goodie bags which will be given to children in foster care through the start-up Barrington charity, Let It Be Us, a […]
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Hephzibah Home Recruiter Joins Event Seeking Foster and Adoptive Parents

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On February 24, 2016
Share This: Ashley Lepse, Recruitment and Support Specialist with Hephzibah Children’s Association, which focuses on specialized foster care, will speak about their needs for foster and adoptive parents at the Let It Be Us Finding Forever Families Event on March 5th at St. Raymond’s Church in Mount Prospect, Illinois. Specialized foster care can cover a variety of […]
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1. Adoptar de cuidado de crianza – come se hace!

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On February 18, 2016
Share This: Adoptar de Acogimiento de Menores – Come se ase!Conoscan a los menores que estan listos para adopter! Las platicas se llevan acabo de reclutadores de Illinois, centros de adopcion, y otras agencias de servicio sociales. Despues de la presentacion, abra oportunidad pare acer preguntas, y escuchar contestaciones. Este evento es gratis. Registrese aqui! […]
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Adoption From Foster Care in Illinois – How It’s Done

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On February 8, 2016
Share This: Saturday, March 5, 9:30am at the Mount Prospect Public Library Mount Prospect, Illinois. At this town hall style event, hear speakers from the Illinois Center for Adoption and Permanency and social service agencies and learn about their organizations and their adoption from foster care opportunities. After the presentations there is time for questions […]
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Happy New Year – The Best is Yet to Come!

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On December 31, 2015
Share This: As we turn the page on Year One of Let It Be Us, we watched our work swiftly moved from concept phase to incubator phase to action.  We are now partners with the Illinois Center for Adoption and Permanency and many social service agencies, having developed programs that – yes, in year one – […]
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A Christmas Adoption – Wondrous and Powerful

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On December 25, 2015
Share This: Adoption from foster care, especially at Christmas, is wondrous and powerful.  Watch here as Let It Be Us records a little boy named Jacob and his parents go to court and finalize his adoption at Christmas.  Even better, watch Jacob’s new family welcome him with open arms.  Merry Christmas Jacob! Let It Be Us […]
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The Opportunity of December – Unexpected Gifts

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On December 21, 2015
Share This: She asked to meet at 12:30, during her lunch break.  She’s a counselor and she’s busy this year, and every year, during the holiday season. “It breaks my heart that there are so many children without parents, especially at Christmas,” she says. “I can’t give a lot, but I can’t sit still and […]
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Recruiting Foster and Adoptive Parents as 100,000 Children Wait – National Adoption Day

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On November 21, 2015
Share This: Want to become a foster or adoptive parent?  National Adoption Day, which takes place every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, reminds us that over 100,000 children in America are waiting for adoption from foster care. These children are all ages, stages and ethnicities and are legally available for adoption. Let It Be […]
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