Lauren, our Adoption Social Worker, has been with ECFA since October of 2018. Lauren received her BSW and MSW from Aurora University. She and her husband met while she was traveling in Uganda. They have been married for five years and are blessed with a beautiful, unconventional family. She and Ronnie have a three year old biological daughter, and a twelve year old adopted daughter from Uganda. They are currently awaiting an adoption hearing for their 14 year old son from Uganda and necessary paperwork to process their 12 year old daughter’s immigration to the U.S. In addition, they are the parents (guardians) to six young adults/children in Uganda! She says, “We all consider each other family. We are truly blessed!” Lauren says that her favorite thing to do for fun is to spend time with family and friends and play with their three year old. We are excited to have Lauren in her new position, and know that with her background and experience she will be a huge blessing to any one considering adoption. Lauren can be reached at 630-653-6400 ext 7230
Meet Julie, one of ECFA’s Pregnancy Support Caseworkers! Julie began full-time as a staff member in May of 2019, having previously completed two internships within Intact Family Services and Pregnancy Support Services. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Sociology, and a master’s degree from Aurora University in Social Work.Julie and her husband, Ray, just celebrated their 10 year wedding anniversary. They have two sons, nine and seven years old, and two dogs.Julie’s favorite thing to do for fun is to go on nature walks with a friend, shop, and sing worship or Broadway songs. In her work at ECFA, Julie likes working with co-workers who also want to help people in need. She says that the “whole culture and atmosphere of ECFA is warm, inviting, and comfortable because of our shared Christian values. It makes me happy that I can openly ask for prayer, and my co-workers will pray for me. I am not just an employee here, but a sister-in-Christ.”Something that God has taught Julie recently is that He is her provider through the storms of life. While other family members have been laid off, she is in a stable position that is essential, allowing her not to worry about the next paycheck coming. She shares how it has been great that ECFA understands that we also have our families to take care of at home, and has adapted to the pandemic by adopting work at home protocols. Julie says she feels like God has put her at ECFA to serve others and know that He is in control.You can reach Julie at email@example.com or by calling 630-653-6400 and asking for Julie Twohill.