Let It Be Us Recruits Illinois Foster Parents for Traditional, Specialized and Emergency Foster Care
Let It Be Us recruits Illinois families for traditional, specialized and emergency foster care
Let It Be Us recruits foster parents for traditional, specialized and emergency foster care. To be a foster parent, you must first be licensed by the State of Illinois and while it is free, the process of becoming a foster parent can be time-consuming and requires persistence. On average, it can take at least six months to complete the steps necessary to become licensed to foster—including from submitting an application, undergoing a home study, and attending training.
Let It Be Us is a great place to start your journey to becoming a foster (and maybe adoptive!) parent in Illinois. Our Foster Care 101 webinar series, along with unique webinars like Foster Ready to Adopt, answer your questions about the process of becoming a licensed foster parent in Illinois. The information we provide will not only guide you on your journey to becoming a foster or adoptive parent, but you will also learn from experienced foster parents and hear about waiting children in Illinois.
Many families tell us that one of the best sources of information about being a foster parent is other families. Our events and webinars feature experienced foster parents who can tell you what it is like to foster children and teens and answer your questions.
Finding the right foster care agency, the first time
To get started or find out more about getting your foster care license in Illinois, you can join our free coaching program where experienced child welfare professionals help you navigate the process in a flexible, 1:1 format.
Let It Be Us directly refers the right family to the right agency recruiter, removing the barriers of 800 numbers, forms and emails. Different agencies manage traditional, specialized and emergency foster care cases. We find that families reach their foster goals faster by using the services provided by Let It Be Us.
There are different types of agencies you’ll encounter on your journey to becoming a foster or adoptive parent. To guide you on your journey, we’ve listed some definitions here.
- Illinois’ Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) is responsible for all children in the foster care system in Illinois. It is a public agency and its services are free.
- DCFS also subcontracts with agencies throughout Illinois that provide free foster home licensing services to prospective foster parents. To learn more about the different agencies in Illinois and which agencies might be right for you, Let It Be Us expert coaches can help!
Attend a Let It Be Us recruitment event
Sign up for a Let It Be Us event or webinar to learn more about:
- Children and teens in foster care
- Roles and responsibilities of foster and adoptive parents
- The process you will need to go through to become a foster parent
- Next steps to take on the journey to becoming a foster parent
During the webinars, you may hear for the first time the real challenges involved with being a foster parent and adopting a child from foster care. It’s natural to become conflicted as your emotions rise to the surface. You don’t have to make any major decisions at this point. The only thing you need to do is decide whether you want to continue to explore becoming a foster parent.