Lionhearted Love: A Journey of the Heart

The interactive discussion will provide education around options & the process, & providing resources to those who are currently parenting through adoption or foster care.

Guests and organizations will be available throughout the day as exhibitors.

Safe Families: www.safe-families.org Safe Families is a volunteer movement that connects the children of parents in distress with host families who have been called to open their hearts, their arms and their homes to serve those in need. The Safe Families experience starts at church, where families are invited to not only change the lives of a fellow family for better, but to enrich their own with untold blessings by living out the gospel. By hosting these vulnerable children along with support from the church, this extended family environment helps keep children safe and reunite families.  Safe Families for Children

Evangelical Child and Family Agency: www.evancfa.org ECFA is an evangelical Christian social services agency. We provide many services, including adoption, pregnancy counseling and care, family and individual counseling, and child welfare services, which include intact family services and Safe Families for Children. Our highly trained staff is supported by numerous volunteers who contribute many hours to make our success possible.

Wendy’s Wonderful Kids:  davethomasfoundation.org  The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is driven by a single goal: finding a loving family for every child waiting in foster care to get adopted. We are America’s only national nonprofit charity dedicated solely to finding permanent homes for the more than 110,000 children in foster care.

Youth Services Bureau in Glen Ellyn www.ysbiv.org The Youth Service Bureau of Illinois Valley, Inc. (YSB) is a community based, not-for-profit, child welfare agency established in 1976. As a community-based agency, YSB responds to the needs of children and youth through a variety of programs with the purpose of enhancing the quality of life for all children, youth and families. YSB’s Mission is to help young people and families succeed by serving them in their home, school, and community.  YSBIV brochure

Lutheran Social Services www.lssi.org Lutheran Social Services of Illinois provides supportive services for children in need and their families. Foster care services focus on placing children who have experienced neglect or abuse in a loving and secure home. Children’s Community Services offers numerous other services to at-risk children and their families in their communities.