- Adoptive Parent Recruitment , Foster and Adoption Licensing , Foster Parent Recruitment
- July 8, 2019
When Melissa and her husband had reached the end of their journey through infertility, they turned to Let It Be Us to guide them through the maze of obtaining a foster care license with the goal of completing their family by adoption through foster care. They attended one of the Let It Be Us Adoption and Foster Care Information Fairs and they were assigned one of our Foster and Adoptive Parent Recruitment and Licensing Coaches. Flash forward and in less than one year they are celebrating many “firsts” with their two new children who are in their care as foster parents – heading down the road of adoption.
In Melissa’s own words: “It’s been so rewarding to see both of my children’s “firsts” through their eyes – the eyes which didn’t see very much before they came to our family. My daughter especially has had many milestones … she started preschool for the first time … she made her first new best friend… she had her first birthday party complete with family, friends, a birthday cake, and presents … she rode in an elevator … she went through a drive thru … she got her ears pierced … she loves our dog. Being a parent has been the most rewarding journey of my life.”
Melissa sent Let It Be Us these photographs of her children at their 1st parade this 4th of July and of her daughter cuddled on her lap watching fireworks for the first time. There are no words … these photographs speak for themselves.
Let It Be Us is a unique nonprofit that works with future foster and adoptive parents to learn about foster care and adoption in Illinois. We help them obtain an Illinois foster care license, and then we help find a placement. Our programming takes parents through the process step by step. During this time of crisis when we need more foster and adoptive parents in Illinois, please consider the following:
#1 Attend one of our events and learn about foster care and adoption. Meet licensing representatives, ask your questions, and get your answers. Our large events feature many different agencies with guest speakers and our smaller and more intimate events focus on your particular needs. Our events are held primarily in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Learn more and register here.
#2 Work with one of the Let It Be Us Foster Care Recruiting and Licensing Coaches. Our Coaches have years of experience in Illinois foster care licensing and adoption and they can help you navigate the system and achieve your goals. To work with one of our Coaches please complete this form.
#3 If you have an Illinois foster care license you can join our registry of licensed parents which gives you access to children in need that are outside of your licensing agency. Please complete this form.