20 episodes

Let It Be Us: A Foster Care and Adoption Podcast was launched in 2022 by the Illinois nonprofit organization Let It Be Us. Foster Care professionals and parents speak on issues important to the journey of foster care and adoption. If you live in the State of Illinois and want to become a foster parent or learn about waiting children, go to www.letitbeus.org

Let It Be Us: A Foster Care & Adoption Podcast Let It Be Us

    • Kids & Family
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Let It Be Us: A Foster Care and Adoption Podcast was launched in 2022 by the Illinois nonprofit organization Let It Be Us. Foster Care professionals and parents speak on issues important to the journey of foster care and adoption. If you live in the State of Illinois and want to become a foster parent or learn about waiting children, go to www.letitbeus.org

    What Do I Do When a Child Arrives?

    What Do I Do When a Child Arrives?

    The team comes together to give tips and advice for how to navigate the first time a child is placed in your home - or any time they come!  Learn from Let It Be Us Founder and Executive Director Susan McConnell, MBA, Let It Be Us Directors Vanessa Baie, LCSW, and Karron Shaw, MJ, as well as seasoned foster parent and Foster Parent Licensing Coach, Cathy Newbury about what to do when a child arrives and how to navigate that important relationship.

    To learn more about becoming a foster parent or joining our database of licensed homes find us at www.letitbeus.org

    • 25 min
    What Do I Need if I Adopt?: Practical Tips to Be Ready

    What Do I Need if I Adopt?: Practical Tips to Be Ready

    Parenting is a long road no matter how you do it. This mini-episode explores tips and advice on how to support yourself as a foster parent, adoptive parent, and ways to ensure you have what you need to care for children throughout their lives. Let It Be Us Director Karron Shaw, MJ, and Foster Parent Licensing Coach Cathy Newbury give advice and suggestions in this chat.

    To learn more about becoming a foster parent or joining our database of licensed homes find us at www.letitbeus.org

    • 10 min
    How Does a Child in Foster Care End Up Adopted?

    How Does a Child in Foster Care End Up Adopted?

    The path of foster care that leads to adoption is often long and complicated, with legal jargon like “TPR” (termination of parental rights), but Let It Be Us Director Karron Shaw, MJ, and Foster Parent Licensing Coach Cathy Newbury - who has also adopted from foster care! - are here to explain it to you.

    To learn more about becoming a foster parent or joining our database of licensed homes find us at www.letitbeus.org

    • 27 min
    How Can I Connect with the Biological Family? Practical Tips for Developing Relationships

    How Can I Connect with the Biological Family? Practical Tips for Developing Relationships

    Feeling open to having a relationship with the biological family is the first step, in this mini-episode, Alex Montgomery, JD, Deputy Director at Let It Be Us and mother through adoption, and Rachel Hoyt, seasoned foster parent, talk about the concrete steps they’ve both taken to open the door to relationships with the biological family.

    To learn more about becoming a foster parent or joining our database of licensed homes find us at www.letitbeus.org

    • 11 min
    But What About the Child’s Biological Family?

    But What About the Child’s Biological Family?

    While children in foster care have experienced difficult situations with their biological families, many children still feel a strong bond with them, and many of them will return to their families of origin. Alex Montgomery, JD, Deputy Director at Let It Be Us and mother through adoption, talks about how she developed a relationship with the birth mother of her daughter, while Rachel Hoyt, seasoned foster parent, talks about how she has successfully opened the door to ongoing relationships with biological families that have continued even after the children reunified with their families of origin.

    To learn more about becoming a foster parent or joining our database of licensed homes find us at www.letitbeus.org

    • 30 min
    How Can I Help? Practical Tips for Supporting the Child in Your Care

    How Can I Help? Practical Tips for Supporting the Child in Your Care

    In this special mini-episode, Cathy Newbury, Foster Parent Licensing Coach and seasoned foster parent, talks about how she ensures the children in her care receive all the support they need, while Dr. Heather Risser from our partner Northwestern University Family Care Parenting Lab talks from a therapeutic perspective about how to support the children. As mentioned in this episode, one way to find supports through DCFS is through Spider: https://spider.dcfs.illinois.gov/. To learn more about becoming a foster parent or joining our database of licensed homes find us at www.letitbeus.org

    • 18 min

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