Parents Needed for Profoundly Deaf Child

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On February 19, 2018
Share This: Let It Be Us is in search of parents for Edward, a profoundly deaf 17 year old.  Edward likes to visit the library, the park, and is very interested in WWF Wrestling. His parents will be able to communicate best with him in American Sign Language. Edward is in school in the Northwest […]
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Three Children Shelter Bound on a Cold Chicago Night – Parents Needed Urgently

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On December 26, 2017
Share This: On this cold Chicago night there are three children in need – ages 15, 9 and 8. The two oldest children are girls. They may be available for adoption. If you have an Illinois foster care license, live in Chicago, or live in the Chicago Suburban Area, and are interested in parenting these children, […]
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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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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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“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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Introducing an Innovative Map of Illinois Foster Care & Adoption Licensing Agencies

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On December 12, 2016
Share This: 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 […]
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Let It Be Us Graduates the 3rd New Class of Educational Mentors for 2016

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On November 15, 2016
Share This: 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. […]
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Kids Available for Adoption from Foster Care in Illinois – Let It Be Us

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On November 7, 2016
Share This: 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. […]
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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 Featured on Podcast Today, 11:00AM Central

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On September 22, 2016
Share This: 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 […]
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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

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On August 23, 2016
Share This: 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 […]
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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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Let It Be Us Leads the Way with Largest Adoption from Foster Care Recruitment Event in Illinois History

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On July 12, 2016
Share This: 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 […]
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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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Jennifer McAndrews Urges Participation in June 11th 5K Walk/Run

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On June 8, 2016
Share This: 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 […]
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WGN Sportscaster, Lauren Magiera, to Lead the June 11th 5K Walk/Run

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On June 4, 2016
Share This: 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 […]
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Announcing A New Summer Camp Program for Children in Illinois Foster Care

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On May 30, 2016
Share This: 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 […]
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Professional Photographers: Help a Child in Illinois Foster Care Become Adopted

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On May 19, 2016
Share This: 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 […]
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Announcing Special Assignment for Newly Graduated Class of Educational Mentors

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On May 15, 2016
Share This: 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 […]
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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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Helping 6 Young Mothers in Foster Care Celebrate Mother’s Day

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On May 2, 2016
Share This:   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 […]
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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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Extraordinary Traits of Adoptive Parents

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On April 12, 2016
Share This: 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 […]
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Jewelry Designer Jennifer Falat Hosts Benefit Trunk Show

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On April 12, 2016
Share This: 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 […]
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DePaul University Offers a Digital Media Opportunity

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On April 4, 2016
Share This: 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 […]
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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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Imagine … Adopting a Teen

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On March 21, 2016
Share This: 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 […]
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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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State of Illinois Budget Issues Abandon Program Keeping Children Out of Foster Care

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On March 8, 2016
Share This: 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 […]
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Children Available for Adoption – the Numbers are Mind-Boggling

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On February 29, 2016
Share This: 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 […]
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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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St. Anne’s Students Send Valentines to Children in Foster Care

  • Posted by Let It Be Us
  • On February 10, 2016
Share This: 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 […]
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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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