Subscribe to “Wednesday’s Children of Illinois” – Children In Need of Homes Through Foster Care and Adoption
- Adoption , Adoptive Parent Education , Adoptive Parent Recruitment , Foster and Adoption Licensing , Foster Care , Foster Parent Recruitment
- December 12, 2019
“Wednesday’s Children of Illinois” is a Let It Be Us publication seeking families through foster care and adoption that reaches thousands of foster and adoptive parents in Illinois. Our publication features children in emergent need, those who are challenging to place, all ages and stages, and children of all ethnicities. Why would a child be in emergent need? “I just picked this child up from the emergency room,” says a Child Protective Services Investigator, “and he doesn’t have any family who can care for him. He is tired, he is hungry, and he is very afraid.” Why would a child be challenging place? “We have three children ages 8, 5, and 2 who have been a great support to each other and we need a home large enough to parent all 3 so that they can stay together,” says an Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Caseworker.
Let It Be Us recruits foster and adoptive parents for children in emergent need and those who are challenging to place. Through Foster and Adoptive Parent Recruitment Events and through our forward-facing public website potential parents sign up to work with a Let It Be Us Coach, they obtain a foster care license with one of our partner licensing agencies, and they are then matched with children in need. For those families who remain open to placements, they enter our registry of waiting parents. Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) investigators and caseworkers are given access through our expert recruiters who utilize our proprietary registry of over 500 licensed and open homes for those children in emergent need and those who are challenging to place.
Our recruitment efforts span from families who are initially interested in fostering and adopting, through licensure, and then through placement. Through the entire process we are tracking the parents skills and strengths, the locations of the homes, and other important attributes such as whether the family has a therapy dog or older siblings who want to help out. “We provide services that fill a gap and keep children off of caseworkers’ floors at night and keeps children out of shelters,” says Susan McConnell, Founder and Executive Director of Let It Be Us. “All Illinois parents with a foster care license are welcome to join our registry,” says McConnell. Let It Be Us works throughout the State of Illinois and focuses primarily in Chicago and the Northern Region of Illinois.
Other ways to become involved:
Work with a Let It Be Us Coach to learn about foster care and adoption and how to obtain a license.
Attend a Let It Be Us recruitment event.
Attend a Let It Be Us fundraiser.
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Arrange a “Lunch and Learn” at your organization or place of employment.