Subscribe to Let It Be Us News – You’ll Be Glad You Did

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On May 17, 2018
Share This: 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 […]
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Struggling with Infertility – Consider Adoption from Foster Care

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On February 23, 2018
Share This: 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 […]
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4 Year Old Needs Parents – Can You Be the Wind Beneath His Wings?

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On February 15, 2018
Share This: 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 […]
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Mentor Children in Foster Care – Enroll Now – Chicago and Northern Illinois

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On February 7, 2018
Share This: 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 […]
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15 Year Old Girl in Need of a Home – Urgent

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On January 24, 2018
Share This: 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 […]
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Adoption from Foster Care – One Proud Day in Review

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On January 23, 2018
Share This: 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 […]
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Let It Be Us Welcomes a Partnership with The Luby Group with @Properties

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On January 10, 2018
Share This: 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 […]
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The Clock is Ticking – Children in Foster Care Wait for US – Your Year-End Gift

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On December 24, 2017
Share This: 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 […]
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Urgent – Not Your Typical Kid Needs a Family

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On December 20, 2017
Share This: 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 […]
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Tutors/Teachers Needed for Girls in Foster Care to Succeed ASAP

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On December 12, 2017
Share This: 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 […]
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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

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On November 30, 2017
Share This: 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 […]
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Holiday Pantry Stocking Food Drive for Our Group Homes

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On November 21, 2017
Share This: 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 […]
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Adoptive and Foster Parents Recruited in Joliet, Illinois – A Riveted Audience

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On November 13, 2017
Share This: 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 […]
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Illinois Adoption Recruiter Needed

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On 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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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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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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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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