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Adoption and Foster Care Information Fair – Chicago, Illinois – Let It Be Us
November 3 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
We have Illinois children in need of foster care and adoption through foster care. This town hall style event features foster care licensing agencies in and around Chicago, Illinois – including the south, western and north suburbs. We also feature a keynote speaker, Genie Gillespie, a Chicago foster care adoption attorney.
Whether you have your foster care license, or not, this is a great way to learn how to start or continue your journey through foster parenting and learn about opportunities regarding adoption through foster care. (Do you know that the majority of the foster care licensing process is now available online? Yes, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has made the licensing process much more user friendly.)
This Adoption and Foster Care Information Fair takes place on Saturday, November 3, from 9:00am-12:00pm, in Chicago, Illinois at the University of Illinois Chicago Campus. A breakfast of bagels, fruit and coffee will be served. This is a free event. This is not an open house but rather an informative event that begins at 9:00am and ends at 12:00pm. You are welcome to stay till 1:00pm to talk with individual licensing agencies.
These parent recruitment events 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 Hoard & 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.
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.
What can I bring into the event?
Families and children are welcome. We have a craft table for children. We’re flexible.
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.