“Instant Family” Possible, Let It Be Us Announces 2019 Adoption and Foster Care Information Fairs Surrounding Chicago Area
- Adoptive Parent Recruitment , Foster Parent Recruitment
- December 20, 2018
The popular movie “Instant Family” features a couple wanting to fill their home with children through adoption and walks the audience through the steps of foster care and adoption through foster care with both hilarity and humility. Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) decide to foster and, hopefully, adopt three kids and they decide to face the challenges that come with it. This is a very happy, feel-good movie. It’s also an incredibly important movie because we have almost 1/2 a million children in the United States in foster care. In Illinois alone we just shy of 18,000 children in foster care and 54% will never return home.
Director Sean Anders was inspired to write the movie which reflects his own life with real anecdotes from his own family’s adoption process. Anders tells us, “I don’t remember exactly when, but it was my writing partner, John Morris, I think he was the one who suggested it first. The reason why is because, when I got involved in adoption, and I went to the orientation, and I went to the classes, and support group and all that stuff, I was unfamiliar with every step of that process. I had never seen it depicted in anything. And when I would tell people about how it all worked, everybody had the same reaction: nobody knew anything about it. I just felt that people need to understand this whole system better. And then, we started talking about whether we should make it a comedy. That’s what we do, we do comedies. And John said, right away, “Almost every story you’ve told me about your family and your situation was pretty funny, sometimes darkly funny.” But we thought, yeah, what a great opportunity to tell this story through comedy. I got really excited about it because I thought, all of the movies I’ve seen on this topic, they mostly focus on the trauma and the tragedy, and there have been some great movies, but unfortunately, they leave people with these feelings of fear and pity and that kind of thing, and my own experience, wasn’t like that. It was born out of tragedy, as every adoption story is, but there were so many laughs, and so much love, so much joy, that I wanted to tell a more complete story of a family that is built from those tumultuous beginnings but comes together as a real loving family.”
“Instant Family” is playing throughout the country and it’s causing an uptick in interest in people becoming foster parents and also adopting through foster care. Let It Be Us has Adoption and Foster Care Information Fairs scheduled for 2019 in and around the Chicagoland area, beginning with the first of the year’s event in McHenry, Illinois on Saturday, January 19. “McHenry County, Illinois is seriously in need of foster and adoptive parents for children of all ages, stages, and ethnicities,” says Susan McConnell, Executive Director of Let It Be Us. “Regardless of where you live, if you attend this event you will be miles ahead in the steps needed to learn about these parenting opportunities. We’ve designed these events to get you started, to guide you through the process, and to teach you everything you need to know. Our events are unique, fun, and packed with information from an expert panel of social workers, adoptive parents, and often adoptees themselves.”
The press is welcome to attend this event and may contact Susan Stoga of the communications firm Carson Stoga.
A lineup of events and registration information may be found here.
Let It Be Us is a 501(c)3 with the mission of adoption and education of children in Illinois foster care. They recruit foster and adoptive parents for the waiting children in Illinois.