He’s A 7th Grader And Loves Basketball

  • Adoptive Parent Recruitment , Foster Parent Recruitment , Uncategorized
  • June 26, 2018
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He’s 11 and In Need of Parents – and He Would Love a Dog

  • Adoptive Parent Education , Adoptive Parent Recruitment , Foster Parent Recruitment , Uncategorized
  • June 5, 2018
Michael is 11, enjoys soccer and would love to have a dog. He is in need of a two parent family where he is the only child, so that his new parents can spend a lot of time with him. We’re hoping to find parents in the Joliet, Illinois area but we are flexible. If
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Classic Arts Trio to Perform Benefit Concert for Let It Be Us

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  • March 12, 2018
The Classic Arts Trio will perform in concert on Saturday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary at Barrington United Methodist Church, 98 Algonquin Road in Barrington. Walter Preucil, of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra, will be accompanied by William Koehler and Stephanie Preucil, all professional musicians of the highest level.  They have performed
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Adoptive and Foster Parents Recruited in Joliet, Illinois – A Riveted Audience

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  • 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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Babies Who Have Nothing – An Immediate Drive To Donate

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  • 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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“Kickoff for Kids” Super Bowl Watch Party & Raffle

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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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How Would You Change Illinois Legislation with Respect to Adoption from Foster Care?

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  • January 4, 2017
Less than 48 hours after Illinois State Representative Nick Sauer was sworn in he reached out to Let It Be Us to say that he has established a team to initiate legislative change with respect to adoption from foster care and, in general, to help children in Illinois foster care. We are reaching out to
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Agency Has Immediate Need for Foster/Adoptive Parents in Chicago and Northwest Suburbs

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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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Introducing an Innovative Map of Illinois Foster Care & Adoption Licensing Agencies

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  • December 12, 2016
Let It Be Us introduces an innovative tool to be used by potential adoptive parents.  The Illinois Foster Care & Adoption Licensing Map is now up and running on our website.  This map is important because it identifies the locations of licensing agencies, solving what has been a glitch in the process of adoption from
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Let It Be Us Thanksgiving Turkey Trot – Celebrating Children and Adoption from Foster Care

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  • November 25, 2016
For the second year now this friends and family event – The Turkey Trot – has benefitted Let It Be Us.  What a beautiful way to begin the day of Thanks surrounded by family and friends who support our work with children in foster care.  The event was planned by Maggie Horak, Co-President of our
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Let It Be Us Graduates the 3rd New Class of Educational Mentors for 2016

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  • November 15, 2016
Let It Be Us announces a newly graduated class of 6 Educational Mentors. This new class has been specifically trained to work with older girls living together in a group home, each of whom has a baby, as well as a group home with 6 boys all struggling to graduate from high school. For these
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Kids Available for Adoption from Foster Care in Illinois – Let It Be Us

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  • November 7, 2016
The latest email newsletter from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) features some of the children available for adoption.  To all of those interested in being foster parents and/or adoptive parents, check this out, call the 800 number, and be the parents you want to be. Here is the newsletter. We remind
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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

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  • 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 Featured on Podcast Today, 11:00AM Central

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  • September 22, 2016
The Adoption Advocacy Center, led by renowned adoption advocate Connie Going, will feature Let It Be Us in their podcast “Like It Is” on Thursday, September 22nd, 11:00am Central Time. In an interview with the Director of Let It Be Us, Susan McConnell, the podcast will focus on openness in adoption in addition to the
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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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Potential Foster and/or Adoptive Parent Survey (Tell us about you, your hopes, your dreams)

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  • September 10, 2016
Thank you for participating in our survey.  Foster care and/or adoption are wonderful parenting opportunities and we thank you for wanting to make a difference in the life of a child.  Please tell us about you, your hopes, and your dreams. TAKE THE SURVEY HERE
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White House Speaker, Rodney Walker, to Present at Annual Golf Outing Dinner on September 12

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  • August 28, 2016
Let It Be Us presents White House keynote speaker Rodney Walker, author of “A New Day One: Trauma, Grace, and a Young Man’s Journey from Foster Care to Yale.” Walker will speak at the annual Let It Be Us Golf Outing Dinner at Hawthorn Woods Country Club on September 12th. Tickets are available here.  Walker’s
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Lutheran Social Services to Speak About Becoming a Foster/Adoptive Parent at September 10 Finding Forever Families Event – Let It Be Us

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  • August 23, 2016
Let It Be Us announces Lutheran Social Services of Illinois as a panel speaker at the September 10 Finding Forever Families Event, recruiting foster and adoptive parents.  LSSI is the largest statewide social service provider, serving over 70,000 people across Illinois last year. The event is being held in Chicago at the University of Illinois
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Let It Be Us Welcomes Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois as a Major Sponsor of Golf Outing Fundraiser

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  • August 22, 2016
Let It Be Us welcomes a substantial sponsor of the Let It Be Us Golf Outing, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, a company valuing the benefits of children being raised in families. Investing in America’s health for over 80 years, they are leading the health care industry in 50 states, and especially Illinois. Let
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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

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  • 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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Project Dignity – Opportunities for Groups to Provide for Children in Illinois Foster Care

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  • July 20, 2016
Welcome to Project Dignity. When children come into foster care – often with nothing but the clothes on their backs – their arrival triggers a change to a new school. Through Let It Be Us, Project Dignity fills duffle bags with new school supplies and personal care items for these children entering foster care. The
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Announcing The 2016 Let It Be Us Golf Outing at Hawthorn Woods Country Club on September 12

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  • July 16, 2016
Keynote Speaker: George Sheldon, Director of DCFS  Join us at Hawthorn Woods Country Club, on September 12,as we have a lot of fun together while raising money to support our mission – the adoption and education of children in Illinois foster care. This is a wonderful opportunity to golf on one of the most beautiful,
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Let It Be Us Leads the Way with Largest Adoption from Foster Care Recruitment Event in Illinois History

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  • July 12, 2016
Let It Be Us hosted the largest foster and adoptive parent recruitment event ever held in Illinois history with over 200 registrants. George Sheldon, Director of DCFS, was the keynote speaker for a crowd of potential foster and adoptive parents who were recruited from the general and LGBTQ populations.  The event, entitled “Foster and Adopt
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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

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  • 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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5K Walk/Run & Festival Results & Photographs

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  • June 13, 2016
The results for the Let It Be Us 5K Walk/Run & Festival are in!
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Jennifer McAndrews Urges Participation in June 11th 5K Walk/Run

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  • June 8, 2016
Dear Friends of Let It Be Us, There is an urgency to our work right now in Illinois and your participation at our June 11 5K Walk/Run & Festival is one way for you to help the Let It Be Us mission of adoption from foster care.  Each time we host an event it brings
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WGN Sportscaster, Lauren Magiera, to Lead the June 11th 5K Walk/Run

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  • June 4, 2016
Join WGN Sportscaster and Barrington High School alum, Lauren Magiera, who will lead the Let It Be Us 5K Run/Walk, which is followed by a Family Festival!  The Festival will feature a DJ, creative food vendors, craft beer and juicery vendors.  There will be a lot of fun activities for children such as jumping castles, faceprinting
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Announcing A New Summer Camp Program for Children in Illinois Foster Care

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  • May 30, 2016
The mission of the Let It Be Us Summer Camp Program allows children in Illinois foster care, or those who may be wards of the state, to attend summer camp – either sleep away camp or day camp – and benefit from the educational experience that going to camp provides. We believe that the camp
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Professional Photographers: Help a Child in Illinois Foster Care Become Adopted

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  • May 19, 2016
The Heart Gallery of Illinois – a gallery of images of children available for adoption from foster care – is ready and waiting for new additions of beautiful images of these beautiful children. Professional photographers are needed throughout the entire State of Illinois.  These children are patiently waiting. Because we know a lot of you
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Announcing Special Assignment for Newly Graduated Class of Educational Mentors

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  • May 15, 2016
Let It Be Us announces a newly graduated class of 5 Educational Mentors.  This new class has been specifically trained to work with older girls living together in a group home, each of whom has a baby.  The new Educational Mentors will ensure these young women graduate from high school and enter college or trade
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Be a Mother. Be a Hero.

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  • May 7, 2016
“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 and explore
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WGN Reports New Hope for Illinois Child Welfare System

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  • May 4, 2016
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, who, after
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5K Walk/Run & Festival – Benefiting Children in Illinois Foster Care –

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  • May 3, 2016
A rare 5K Walk/Run & Festival in Barrington's Citizen's Park June 11 10am - 4pm. Proceeds benefit children in Illinois foster care.
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Helping 6 Young Mothers in Foster Care Celebrate Mother’s Day

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  • May 2, 2016
  Let It Be Us helped 6 young mothers in foster care, living in a group home, celebrate an early Mother’s Day by providing manicures and facials at a special party thrown for them and their babies. In addition to volunteers, students from Loyola University and Barrington High School were on hand to help. While
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Barrington Area Community Foundation Grant Awarded

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  • April 27, 2016
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 needs in
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“Fasten Your Seatbelt!” An Educational Mentor Reports

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  • April 19, 2016
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 and had
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Extraordinary Traits of Adoptive Parents

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  • April 12, 2016
One of the most beautiful things about our world is that we’re all different.  We use our own unique perspectives to attack problems and tackle issues, with respect to parenting, and otherwise.  Parenting is such an open field in terms of all that it encompasses and it does seem, however, that all of us within
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Jewelry Designer Jennifer Falat Hosts Benefit Trunk Show

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  • April 12, 2016
Jewelry designer Jennifer Falat is hosting an annual benefit trunk show with proceeds directed to the mission of Let It Be Us.  This year’s event is held at Pure Organic Juicery, in Barrington, Illinois.  Past year’s events have benefitted H.A.R.P.S, the Scarlet Sepe Medical Fund and the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Jennifer Falat is excited to
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DePaul University Offers a Digital Media Opportunity

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  • April 4, 2016
DePaul University offers to step up, helping children available for adoption from foster care. We pitched a project to an auditorium full of students and they welcomed us with open arms. At an exciting time of opportunity in today’s Illinois, partnerships are more important than ever. DePaul is full of talent and full of philanthropy
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Upcoming LGBT+ Adoptive Parent Recruitment Event – Chicago

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  • April 3, 2016
Let It Be Us is hosting an adoptive parent recruitment event in Chicago with a special welcome to the LGBT+ community, June, 2016.
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Recruiting Educational Mentors for Young Mothers in Foster Care

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  • March 26, 2016
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 is an
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Imagine … Adopting a Teen

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  • March 21, 2016
It sounds crazy to some, adopting a teenager – especially an older teen who’s about to be an adult. It sounds crazy, but is it? I don’t think so. In fact, the more I think about adopting teens, the more excited I am at the prospect. Why? Teens are fun. Remember what you were like
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Countryside School Spring 5K to Benefit Children in Foster Care Group Homes

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  • March 11, 2016
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 nonprofit dedicated
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Announcing Project Dignity

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  • March 11, 2016
Let It Be us announces Project Dignity, the first program of its kind in Illinois.
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State of Illinois Budget Issues Abandon Program Keeping Children Out of Foster Care

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  • March 8, 2016
AS THE STATE OF ILLINOIS STEPS BACK, WE NEED TO STEP UP As a nonprofit that partners with social service agencies serving Illinois children in foster care, Let It Be Us sees opportunities that are both urgent and critically important. One of those partner social service agencies, Shelter, Inc., is home to the Healthy Families
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Children Available for Adoption – the Numbers are Mind-Boggling

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  • February 29, 2016
Over 3,3000 – that’s the number of children who are legally available for adoption – the birth parent’s legal rights have been permanently terminated – within Illinois, according to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, a national foundation that creates research and supports adoption from foster care. The number for the entire country exceeds 100,000.
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Hephzibah Home Recruiter Joins Event Seeking Foster and Adoptive Parents

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  • February 24, 2016
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 issues, ranging
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1. Adoptar de cuidado de crianza – come se hace!

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  • February 18, 2016
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! No importa
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St. Anne’s Students Send Valentines to Children in Foster Care

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  • February 10, 2016
The 8th grade students at St. Anne’s School in Barrington, Illinois, knowing that children in foster care who live in group homes miss out on holidays that center around love – like Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentines Day – packed up boxes of candy to be delivered to one of the Let It Be Us partner
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