Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Medical Director, Dr. Margaret Scotellaro on Foster Care and Adoption for Children in Illinois Foster Care with Special Needs, Including Down Syndrome and Autism
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- April 7, 2022
Let It Be Us partners with the Illinois DCFS Medical Director on upcoming virtual educational event
Dr. Margaret Scotellaro, Medical Director for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) will speak on foster care, adoption and the needs with respect to children in Illinois foster care with special needs, including Down Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, and others at a Let It Be Us Zoom webinar on Tuesday, April 26, at 7:00 pm. All are welcome, including professionals.
Let It Be Us has announced a multi-year gift from the Foglia Family Foundation that covers the recruitment of foster and adoptive families and placement for children with special needs in Illinois foster care. Let It Be Us, a 501(c)3 nonprofit and a licensed child welfare agency will immediately begin recruiting foster families and assist agency caseworkers with placement for children with Down Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, and other complex medical needs. Efforts will include recruiting new foster parents, helping place children with these needs in homes, and partnering with organizations to support the children and foster families. Additionally, Let It Be Us will fund home modifications to otherwise qualified families who are able to care for children with specialized needs.
“This grant allows us to niche down and focus on the children with special needs, recruiting parents that have expertise with these special needs, and those who are interested in parenting them both short and long-term,” said Susan McConnell, Executive Director of Let It Be Us. “Let It Be Us has found great success helping caseworkers place kids in homes and we look forward to expanding those efforts.”
Currently, there are 22,000 youth in the Department of Children and Family Services care, and many with complex medical needs.
“This aligns perfectly with our longtime support of the Down Syndrome community and other organizations that provide care to those with special needs,” said Vince Foglia, Founder of the Foglia Family Foundation.
Added Pat Foglia, of the Foglia Family Foundation, “We are learning that there is a great need to find foster and adoptive parents for these special children and are honored to be a part of the solution.”
Let It Be Us focuses on finding licensed foster homes as they provide the greatest opportunity for a stable childhood for a child in foster care. Placement in a licensed foster home is also the safest and most affordable alternative for a child in foster care.
Registration for this free event may be done HERE.
About Dr. Margaret Scotellaro
Dr. Margaret Scotellaro is a faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics at Rush University Children’s Hospital and is the Medical Director for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois in Urbana and completed her medical degree, pediatric residency, and chief residency at the University of Chicago.
Dr. Scotellaro is board certified in General Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics with special interests in foster care, child advocacy, and youth with special healthcare needs.
Margaret and her husband, who is also a pediatrician, became foster parents in 2002 in Nevada and obtained their medically specialized license in Illinois in 2004. They are parents to 5 amazing children, 4 of whom are adopted through foster care, including their youngest daughter with Down Syndrome.
About Let It Be Us
Let It Be Us is a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the landscape of foster care and adoption in Illinois. Our mission is to inspire foster care and adoption so more children in care grow up in stable, healthy homes. Funds raised will go to programs that build the strong and innovative bridge between our waiting children and foster and adoptive parents. Learn more at letitbeus.org