Let It Be Us Programs and Opportunities
Our unique programs offer customized solutions through innovation, creativity and strong partnerships and our programming has lifelong impacts that benefit generations to come. We bring business leadership and entrepreneurial innovation to the space of child welfare, focusing on foster care and adoption.
Targeted Recruitment Program
The Let It Be Us Targeted Recruitment Program’s experienced recruitment team offers a customized solution for each child referred, creating a new unique database of parent resources for each child, which is delivered to the child’s caseworker in a speedy and timely manner. Let It Be Us utilizes their aggregated registry of licensed and waiting parents and our subscription-based platforms reaching thousands of licensed and unlicensed parents while targeting specific locations and demographics. Through this Program, Let It Be Us assists caseworkers in serving children who primarily are in emergent need or who are challenging to place, giving caseworkers access to parents who are licensed, waiting, and interested in the make-up of that specific child; thereby creating better placements. Please join our registry here.
Foster and Adoptive Parent Recruitment Events
The Let It Be Us hosts large and small events to directly recruit foster and adoptive parents for waiting Illinois children. Events are led by Let It Be Us Foster and Adoptive Parent Recruiters and Coaches. These town hall style events provide programming that reaches targeted audiences in different areas with different demographics, reaching parents who are married, single, and same gender. Large events feature a panel of experts as well as agencies from the area who are allowed a marketing table. Smaller events are more intimate in nature and are designed for specific audiences. Our larger events are called Adoption and Foster Care Information Fairs and our smaller events are called Fireside Chats on Foster Care and Adoption and our Chicago Series on Foster Care and Adoption. We also hold “Digital Recruitment Events” utilizing our subscription-based platforms and they have proven to be very successful. You can learn more about these events here.
Foster and Adoptive Parent Recruiters and Coaches
Let It Be Us has a team of experienced Foster and Adoptive Parent Recruiters and Coaches offering decades of experience in Illinois licensing procedures along with knowledge about navigating the obstacles and pitfalls that parents encounter. Working with our team, a potential foster and/or adoptive parent has a greater chance of obtaining a foster care license and an opportunity to obtain one faster. Obtaining a foster care license is step #1 to becoming a foster parent and/or an adoptive parent. Any potential foster and/or adoptive parent in Illinois has access to our coaches by completing this form.
The Heart Gallery of Illinois
We produce, publish and manage the State of Illinois’ photo listing site, The Heart Gallery of Illinois, which is hosted on our website. We work in a partnership with the the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, their Adoption Inquiry Unit, and the Center for Law and Social Work. The Heart Gallery has grown by 400% since Let It Be Us took over management in October of 2016. The Heart Gallery of Illinois is an important digital parent recruitment tool – and when a child’s photograph and profile is placed in the Heart Gallery of Illinois his and her chance of adoption is increased to 50% or ten times! Our Founder and Executive Director was on the team that first established the Heart Gallery of Illinois in 2005. Visit the Heart Gallery of Illinois.
“Wednesday’s Children of Illinois” – A Let It Be Us Publication
“Wednesday’s Children of Illinois” is a Let It Be Us publication that features children in need of foster and/or pre-adoptive homes. This digital publication is a digital recruitment tool and a child specific recruitment tool. It does not include any identifying information, yet provides caseworkers in need with licensed and waiting families who are interested in learning more about the specific children they are trying to place. Read “Wednesday’s Children of Illinois” and subscribe to this publication here.
Our Mentors are assigned to older children living in foster care and living in group homes. Together with a child’s Case Worker, an educational plan/goal is constructed for each child, and while the mentor sees this through, Let It Be Us provides for educational materials and other needs that arise. We have a nearly perfect batting average for ensuring high school graduation, which is important as it is the gateway to college or trade school. It’s important to note that inevitably, through our work, we discover impediments to education such as hunger, comfort and medical needs.
Let It Be Us Initiatives
Our Closet – Supporting Children Coming Into Foster Care
Let It Be Us provides and manages inventory for “Our Closet” in the Waukegan DCFS Office, stocking it with every item a child coming into foster care would need, including new winter coats, hats, mittens, diapers, formula, diapers, wipes, pajamas, underwear, socks, nonperishable snacks, and more. All agencies in the Northern Region of Illinois have access to “Our Closet.”
Project Dignity – Supporting Children Coming Into Foster Care
Project Dignity provides children entering foster care with a large duffle bag containing new school supplies as well as personal care items. These supplies solve an immediate need for the children and the duffle bags allow them to move within the foster care system in a bag that allows them the dignity that they deserve. These duffle bags are delivered to agencies, residential home or group homes and they are provided at no cost.
Project Dignity also provides College Care Packages which include new school supplies and dorm necessities for older teens in foster care who have entered college.
Summer Camp Program
The Let It Be Us Summer Camp Program provides funding for children in Illinois foster care to attend summer camp – either sleep away camp or day camp – and benefit from the educational experience that going to camp provides.
Let It Be Us recognizes, respects, promotes and celebrates the value of cultural diversity and will ensure that your ethnic or cultural customs, practices, and beliefs, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, disability, and/or community differences will be respected by agency staff.