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Adoption and Foster Care Information Fair – Libertyville, Illinois – Let It Be Us
May 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Learn about the Illinois children in need of foster care and adoption from foster care. We are recruiting parents for all children in need; all ages, stages and ethnicities. This town hall style event features foster care licensing agencies in Lake County, Illinois and the surrounding areas, including Chicago. We also feature a panel of experts, including an expert keynote speaker on openness in adoption. Coffee, tea and refreshments will be served.
PARKING IS BEHIND THE LIBERTYVILLE CIVIC CENTER, WE ARE LOCATED IN ROOM C ON THE BOTTOM FLOOR.
This event is sponsored by
- Illinois Senator Dan McConchie (leader)
- Lake County State Attorney Mike Nerheim
- Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg
- Illinois State Senator Julie Morrison
- Illinois State Senator Terry Link
- Illinois State Senator Melinda Bush
- Illinois State Representative Mary Edly-Allen
- Illinois State Representative Rita Mayfield
Thank you to all of these Illinois legislators for your support of children in foster care and children awaiting adoption from foster care in Illinois.
This event also features our guest speaker, Susan McConnell, Adoptive Mother, Founder, and Executive Director of Let It Be Us, who will discuss openness with birth families in adoption.Susan is the parent of 4 children, 3 by adoption, and all 3 of her family’s adoptions are open. Susan has 27 years of experience in openness in adoption.
Parents with or without a foster care license are welcome. This is a great way to learn how to begin or continue your journey through foster care and foster care adoptions in Illinois.
The Let It Be Us Adoption and Foster Care Information Fairs are funded in part through a gift from Howard & Howard Community Reinvestment Fund, which is funded by Howard & Howard employees and benefits communities in which Howard & Howard offices are located.
Questions about the event may be directed to Susan McConnell, Founder and Executive Director of Let It Be Us, at SusanMcConnell@LetItBeUs.org.
The media is welcome and inquires are directed to Susan Stoga, Let It Be Us Board Member and Partner of Carson Stoga Communications, at Susan@CarsonStoga.com.
Becoming a foster parent and adoption from foster care is without cost and does not discriminate against age, income, marital status, gender or sexual orientation. Let It Be Us is a registered 501(c)(3) with the mission of adoption and education of children in Illinois foster care. Learn more at http://www.LetItBeUs.org.
Do you know about the Heart Gallery of Illinois? It is a photograph and story exhibit of Illinois children awaiting adoption. Visit the Heart Gallery of Illinois to learn more or to offer support. The Heart Gallery of Illinois is brought to you in a partnership with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Service’s Adoption Listing Service.
What is Let It Be Us?
Let It Be Us is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with the misison of adoption and education of children in Illinois foster care. We work in a partnerhsip with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), and all of the licensing agencies in Illinois, and we are funded by grants and donations.
Why is a foster care license important if I only want to adopt?
In Illinois, you need to be a foster parent to a child for 6 months before you and adopt him or her. Therefore, the very first step in becoming a foster parent OR adopting from foster care is to obtain a foster care license. There is also a great need for people to be foster parents to children who may return home.
How many children are available for aodption in Illinois?
In Illinois there are approximately 17,000 children in foster care and 54% of them will never return home. There is a need of permanency for all of these children, adoption is just one form of permanency. The children available for adoption are all ages, stages and ethnicities.
Does it cost anything?
No! Adoption from foster care is without cost. Also, becoming a foster parent is without cost. And our event is without cost too.