- Adoptive Parent Education , Adoptive Parent Recruitment
- August 1, 2018
St. Theresa of Avila Church in Chicago hosted future foster and adoptive parents seeking education and knowledge as to how to become parents to the Illinois waiting children served by Let It Be Us, a young nonprofit that connects potential parents with licensing agencies. This event focused on waiting children of all ages, and especially teens.
Three licensing agencies, Aunt Martha’s of Chicago, Hephzibah Home of Oak Park, and Jewish Child and Family Services of Chicago sent licensing representatives and case workers to the event to meet with potential parents. The Center for Law and Social Work also sent their lead recruiter, Katie Friend, who is in charge of matching children from the Heart Gallery of Illinois with potential parents. Katie spoke about the process of obtaining a foster care license, which is important because in Illinois a child needs to live with new parents in foster care for 6 months before those parents can adopt him or her.
Aaron and his partner, Rey, attended the event hoping to find a child in grade school to adopt into their family. “We’ve been licensed since March,” said Aaron, and our agency has been going through changes that have prevented us from being matched with a child. We came to this event to perhaps find a new agency to work with. Our goal is to have a child or children in our home by Christmas of this year.”
Lisa and her husband, Marcus, attended the event hoping to help out and foster some teens. “We’ve never had children and we’ve heard about all of the waiting teens in Chicago. So, we’d like to get our foster care license and help out. Maybe we can event adopt some of them.”
Maria attended the event alone. “I’m single and I’d like to be a mother. I’m here today to find an agency to work with so that I can get my foster care license and become a mother through foster care.”
The event was led by Let It Be Us and moderated by Susan McConnell, Executive Director. “Welcome to the world of becoming a foster parent and adopting through foster care,” she said as she started the morning. “Please make yourselves comfortable and enjoy the next 3 hours packed full of information. We’ve brought these agencies to you in order to shorten your learning curve and allow you to more easily enter the process of becoming foster and/or adoptive parents. As an adoptive parent myself, I’m here to tell you that there are a lot of parenting opportunities and we’re here to help you meet your dreams of becoming parents to these waiting children”
Let It Be Us hosts these events, named Finding Forever and Foster Families, throughout Illinois. Each event presents different licensing agencies in search of parents, and each agency has their own specialty, whether they licensed for specialized foster parents or traditional, for older children, or for all ages. Let It Be Us recommends that potential foster and adoptive parents attend as many Finding Forever and Foster Families events as possible. See some of the Illinois children awaiting adoption on the Heart Gallery of Illinois and learn about the Let It Be Us Finding Forever and Foster Family Events at www.LetItBeUs.org/Events.