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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

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

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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

    The Big Picture: A Conversation with Let It Be Us Founder, Susan McConnell

    The Big Picture: A Conversation with Let It Be Us Founder, Susan McConnell

    The issues facing the foster care system and the children in care are big, but the solution is simple: stable families for every child. In the season finale of our very first podcast series, Susan McConnell, the Founder of Let It Be Us, talks about the importance of placing children in care in a home that best fits their needs and can support them for as long or as little as they need it.

    To learn more about Let It Be Us and our programs, go to www.letitbeus.org

    • 30 min
    The Nuts and Bolts of Becoming a Licensed Foster Parent: A How-To with Vanessa Baie

    The Nuts and Bolts of Becoming a Licensed Foster Parent: A How-To with Vanessa Baie

    The licensing process can be confusing, but Let It Be Us Director of Licensing Coaching and Placement Support Vanessa Baie has got you covered!  Listen to get an overview of what you can expect in the licensing process. If you are ready to get licensed, join our FREE Licensing Coaching Program to get any last lingering questions answered and help finding the right licensing agency for you.

    You can find the form at www.letitbeus.org

    • 14 min
    Fostering Teens! (OMG!): A Conversation with Elizabeth and Chris Rodriguez

    Fostering Teens! (OMG!): A Conversation with Elizabeth and Chris Rodriguez

    Many people fear teens, whether in foster care or not, but Elizabeth and Chris don’t. It may not always be easy, but the journey with teens is definitely rewarding and Elizabeth and Chris go into all the details.

    If you are interested in fostering teens, learn more about our Springboard to Adulthood Program at www.letitbeus.org

    • 33 min
    It’s Easier Than You Think: A Conversation with Breanna and Maxwell Fritz

    It’s Easier Than You Think: A Conversation with Breanna and Maxwell Fritz

    Breanna and Maxwell talk about their experience as foster parents of teens, those who identify LGBTQIA+ and everything in between. Their biggest takeaway?  It’s easier than you think. 

    Learn more about how to become foster parents by joining one of our free webinars at www.letitbeus.org

    • 33 min
    How Did Let It Be Us Come to Be?: A Conversation with Founder Susan McConnell

    How Did Let It Be Us Come to Be?: A Conversation with Founder Susan McConnell

    Susan McConnell is a mother through adoption, a photographer, and a recruiter. She used all of that to found Let It Be Us in 2014 with the goal of transforming the child welfare system in Illinois.

    Learn more about everything we do at www.letitbeus.org

    • 38 min
    Fostering Kids Who Go Home and Kids Who Stay: A Conversation with Carolyne Osterhues

    Fostering Kids Who Go Home and Kids Who Stay: A Conversation with Carolyne Osterhues

    Carolyne and her husband have fostered dozens of children over the many years they have been foster parents. Some children have returned to their biological families, and others have been adopted by the Osterhues family. All of them hold a place in Carolyne’s heart.

    To learn more about becoming a foster parent, attend a free webinar at www.letitbeus.org

    • 27 min

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