The Let It Be Us team is experienced in Illinois foster and adoptive parent recruitment.
Our work is innovative and our work is successful.
Executive Director and Founder of Let It Be Us
Susan McConnell founded Let It Be Us to direct her experience toward the child welfare sector that has largely been overlooked by entrepreneurs and business leaders. She has an undergraduate degree in business and an MBA, both from Depaul University. She is also a graduate of Cornell University’s Women in Leadership Program. She has a background in human resources and recruiting within major law firms in Chicago and Los Angeles. Susan sits on the Illinois Statewide Foster Care Advisory Council where she was appointed by the Illinois Director of the Department of Children and Family Services in 2017. Susan was on the team that established the Heart Gallery of Illinois, the State’s photo listing of children awaiting adoption, which gives a child a significantly increased chance of adoption. Susan and her team have designed the Illinois Waiting Children’s Gallery, a gallery of waiting children which allows every child to be featured first throughout the day, so that no child is left behind. Susan also designed the Let It Be Us Targeted Recruitment Program, which places children who are in emergent need and those who are challenging to place in the safest homes, keeping them out of shelters, and their Foster and Adoptive Parent Recruitment Events, which recruit thousands of potential foster and adoptive parents for children in Illinois foster care. Susan and her husband are the parents of four children, three of whom came to their family through adoption. Susan has 28 years of experience in open adoption. You can reach Susan here.
Alex Montgomery has a wealth of experience in nonprofit management and nonprofit legal strategy and operations.. As a nonprofit professional with 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, she has experience leading fundraising and operations teams, expanding and managing back office functions and overseeing multi-million dollar facility renovations. Alex earned a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Williams College and a J.D. from the University of Chicago. Alex has been instrumental in the development of the Let It Be Us Parent Recruitment Events. She also has extensive experience with private and state contracts. She is also a mother through adoption with a passion for reimagining how we define family and ensuring all children are in safe, healthy, happy homes. You can reach Alex here.