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Recruiting Events in Illinois

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.

Heart Gallery display and other events in Rhode Island

Our 12th Annual Heart Gallery, featuring 18 beautiful portraits, photographed compliments of several local professional photographers and pristinely produced courtesy of Printmakers, Inc. is on tour throughout Rhode Island. Our new 12th Heart Gallery can be viewed throughout the month of June at the offices of Neighborhood Healthplan of RI in Providence and Smithfield.

Live in Iowa? Make this the summer you find out about foster care and adoption

An information session is one of the first steps to learn more about becoming a foster or adoptive parent. You'll receive a basic overview of foster care and adoption and learn about characteristics of children in the child welfare system. To get started, fill out our online inquiry form today. We'll then follow up with information about the next steps, including how to register for a session.

Kansas Foster Care Contractor Sees Benefits Of Trauma-Informed Training

KVC partnered with Child Trends, a nonpartisan national research group, to find out if training foster parents and caseworkers about childhood trauma would result in fewer moves for foster children. KVC and Child Trends found that if adults understood the effects of traumatic events, children were more likely to stay in one home during their time in foster care. Children working with better-trained adults also were observed to have better behavior.

Editorial: Iowa lawmaker leads by example on foster care

But it is the senator and his wife who provide that inspiration. They were in their mid-40s and their own children were teenagers when they decided to seek a license to become foster parents.

Kentucky's adoption czar spends first day on job in Capitol meetings

Kentucky’s new adoption czar spent his first day on the job Monday in a meeting of the House Working Group on Adoption. Dan Dumas, appointed by Gov. Matt Bevin to lead an overhaul of Kentucky’s adoption and foster care programs, told lawmakers that the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the governor’s office will attack problems from all angles.

Need for foster parents across Tri-State area

The need for more families like the Billoks is growing in the Tri-State area, social services officials say, thanks to the growing opioid epidemic.

Annie E Casey Foundation Releases 2017 Kids Count Data Book

he 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book urges policymakers not to back away from targeted investments that help U.S. children become healthier, more likely to complete high school and better positioned to contribute to the nation’s economy as adults. The Data Book also shows the child poverty rate in 2015 continued to drop, landing at 21%. In addition, children experienced gains in reading proficiency and a significant increase in the number of kids with health insurance. However, the data indicate that unacceptable levels of children living in poverty and in high-poverty neighborhoods persist.

Gov. Abbott OKs religious refusal of adoptions in Texas

Texas child welfare providers will be allowed to deny adoptions and other services to children and parents based on "sincerely held religious beliefs" under a bill Gov. Greg Abbott signed Thursday.

WBZ Highlights an Organization Whose Volunteers Help Foster Kids

In Massachusetts, the need for foster care is growing, Sugg said. According to the Massachusetts Children and Familes (DCF), there are currently 9,300 children in the foster system across the state. Since June of 2012, the number of children in placement grew by 20-percent.

Ohio Honors the Foster Kids who Perservered to Graduate

Honoring the 40 Percent: Celebration of Dreams Recognized Graduating Foster Children It is really difficult for many foster children to graduate high school. Less than 3% make it through college. The nearly 50 Ohio young people who persevered through child abuse, foster care and other life challenges to achieve their high school diplomas celebrated their success Thursday night at the 18th annual Celebration of Dreams event. This year’s event will be held at 5:30 p.m. June 8 at The Phoenix in downtown Cincinnati. Celebration of Dreams, hosted by Hamilton County Job and Family Services, honors graduating foster youth still in the custody of the agency and thanks those who helped them get there: caseworkers, mentors, court-appointed special advocates and guardian ad litems.

A Former Foster Child Advocates To Help Today's Foster Children in San Luis Obispo, California

"In SLO County alone, there are 375 to 400 children ages 0-18 who need homes right now," she says. "We're at an all-time low in the number of families coming forward to help us with this, and we're at an all-time high in the need. But we know no home is perfect. We're not looking for perfect. We're looking for safe. We're looking for a home that can nurture and grow children." Schiro says foster care is open to all sorts of people, single parents, same gender parents, single people, retired people, anyone over the age of 18 who's interested in opening their heart and home to foster youth.

Every Child Deserves a Family Act Would Prevent LGBTQ Discrimination in Adoption and Foster Care

When passed, ECDF will restrict federal funding for states employing discriminatory practices in adoption and foster care placements based on the sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status of potential parents, as well as the sexual orientation or gender identity of youth in foster care. At its heart, ECDF will ensure that more kids in foster care find a loving and stable home — be it a temporary foster home while they await reunification with family or a forever home with adoptive parents.

Meet Darius: Heart Gallery NYC

Heart Gallery Featured Kid: Meet Darius, an adorable young man who enjoys singing, reading and sports. He dreams of having a forever family. Get to know him. Darius is an adorable young man with numerous interests. He enjoys singing, reading, playing football, soccer, tennis and the drums! He hopes to be a foster parent and a pastor when he grows up. Darius dreams of a "forever family" with a Mom and siblings.

Monitor says Michigan falls short in protecting foster kids

An advocacy group for kids says a court-ordered report shows Michigan has a long way to go before it can guarantee the safety and welfare of children in foster care. The monitors report says problems include the state not doing background checks on many relatives who take in foster kids, and not investigating credible allegations of abuse or neglect.

Informational Meetings in Montgomery County, MI

If you have questions about adoption or foster care, Montgomery County Children Services holds a monthly informational meeting at the Haines Children's Center, 3304 N. Main St. Dayton.

Heart Gallery of Illinois introduced to Illinois Legislature

State Representative Nick Sauer, Let it Be Us, and the Department of Children and Family Services welcomed foster parents, family members, volunteers and other legislative advocates to the State Capitol to celebrate Foster Care Month and to introduce the Heart Gallery of Illinois, a digital resource for case workers and adoption recruiters searching for forever families for children in Illinois foster care. The Heart Gallery of Illinois features photographs and stories of children awaiting adoption.

Hennepin County ramps up the hunt for foster families

About a quarter of Minnesota’s children in foster care are in Hennepin County. And the number of children placed in foster care or in other out-of-home placements has surged, at 2,300 kids in 2016. The number of children waiting to be adopted has also nearly quadrupled from 2009 to 2016, reaching the highest number in recent years.

Georgia couple adopts five siblings from foster care

The children are excited to be settled into their new family. Ellie recalls that when she walked into their home for the first time, she knew that she wanted to live with them and said so out loud. Madison, the oldest, says, “I’m glad that I get to be with my brothers and sister and I’m around them now, and I’m so happy to have good parents that actually care.”

Outstanding Adoptive Family Success Story: Karen and Trevor Booker

Across the county, foster parents take children in need into their homes. In some cases, these same children become a part of their families forever through adoption. New Jersey foster parent Karen Booker knows this story well.

Maine foster parents share their stories

Each of these first experiences were the beginning of a journey for these families. Belyea and her husband have taken in seven children in the last six years - each time hoping to make both the child and the biological parents comfortable with the situation.

30 Days of Hope For Adoptive Parents

There is a title I worked months to earn, that I waited years to hear articulated. From the time I knew that we would gain a daughter from across the ocean, I prayed about it, pled for it, and then tried to lay down a foundation of security so that I might hear it spoken out loud, by her. What did I want so desperately to be called by my tiny beauty? Mama. I knew I was her mama, but to hear that word loft from her lips as a sweet offering of acceptance and intimacy—it would be the culmination of so many dreams and prayers. She spoke it for the first time about three months after her Adoption Day, mouth awkwardly maneuvering into position, trying to find her voice. Then at last: “Mmmaaammmaa.”

Empty Nesters Take on Foster Care

For Alice Kurtz and her husband, as they entered their 50s and their only child turned 16, they decided to become therapeutic foster parents. A therapeutic foster family provides a safe and compassionate home environment for traumatized children. Therapeutic foster parents take on the role of a behavioral health provider, as they help children learn healthy expression and coping skills. The Kurtz family focuses on helping teenagers who have been bounced throughout foster care homes and group homes.

College is an Elusive Goal for Children in the Foster Care System

Ashley Williams' ambition to become a lawyer has a lot to do with her experience as a kid in foster care. “I want to be a lawyer because when I grew up in the foster care system, I didn’t have many lawyers who could advocate for me,” Williams said. “I figure I want to help other youth.” Williams said she moved around to 36 foster homes and 26 schools after she entered the system at 10 years old. “Education was just what kept me going,” she said. “I loved being in school.”

Foster Care Month Celebration Showcases Inspiring Approach to Increase Adoption Awareness

Yesterday, State Representative Nick Sauer (R-Lake Barrington), Let it Be Us, and the Department of Children and Family Services welcomed foster parents, family members, volunteers and other advocates to the Capitol for a special celebration of Foster Care Month. The event showcased the Let it Be Us Heart Gallery, a unique resource which is assisting case workers and adoption recruiters to find forever families for Illinois’ foster children.

What A Foster-To-Adoption Process Is Really Like

To jump into the world of foster-to-adopt, a person must be absolutely fearless, and find within them a certain measure of faithfulness. Faith that this situation will turn out the way it is supposed to, and that I will have the strength to live with the result, no matter what it might be.

We have found this program beneficial in finding families for our children. We ask that as you view the children, consider that they live in our communities. Respect their right to privacy, and be aware that they may attend school or church, or play at the local park with your children and relatives. The availability of their pictures leaves our children recognizable and vulnerable to negative attention. Although we strive to protect them, we need your help. Thank you!

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