We have been introducing you to Let it Be Us and and their mission of promoting adoption through the Illinois Foster Care System. Let it Be Us is a Barrington-based organization that advocates for children in the Illinois foster care system by raising awareness of fostering to adopt, providing support and resources for children in the foster care system, and featuring the stories of children waiting for adoption in The Heart Gallery.
Today we are sharing the ways you can help by volunteering with Let it Be Us.
These children need homes and families, yes, but they also need heroes, advocates, and helpers. Willing to work with and for the families that will bring them to forever homes. There are several ways that you can help Let it be Us and the Foster Care Community in Illinois.
If you have room in your home and heart:
We know not everyone is able or called to adopt, but maybe you are. Maybe you aren’t sure if you are but your heart breaks for children without a place to lay their head? Let it be Us is hosting a series of recruiting events throughout the Chicagoland area to teach who the children are and what they need. These town hall style events features agencies throughout the state and keynotes from experts in adoption and foster care.
Parents are encouraged to attend as many of these events as possible. The keynote speakers are heroes in the world of adoption from foster care and the information they have for our audience is invaluable. It’s also a great way to review four or more agencies at once to get an idea about which agency might be best fit for you and your family.
- May 13 – University of Illinois at Chicago
- July 8 – University of Illinois at Chicago
- September 23 – Naperville
- December 9 – Des Plaines
More information and registration can be found at Eventbrite.
If Adoption is not for you but you want to help:
We understand that adoption is not for everyone, but as they say it takes a village and Let it Be Us can use your support in other ways as well.
Paint & Sip Party – May 11 – Pinot’s Palette, South Barrington. Anyone can be an artist and do good at the same time. Join the studio to create a whimsical colorful painting while sipping a delicious beverage. Cost is $38 per person. (adults only)
5 K Inspiring Foster Care Adoptions – May 20 at Citizens Park, Barrington This family-friendly event allows you to walk, run or stroll on a timed course that includes winner metals and t-shirts for all. Registration fee is only $25.
You don’t have a lot of money but you have time!
Let it Be Us accept volunteers in most aspects of our work and whether you volunteer at our annual 5K walk/run or volunteer to be an educational mentor, your time impacts Illinois children in foster care. Fill out an application online today.
Let it be Us is our current charity partner as part of our Little Lake County Gives Back program, a community outreach effort to connect not-for-profit organizations with our readers. For more information on the program, please contact Melissa at [email protected]