In September, seven women graduated from the Empowering Women, Strengthening Families program! We honored them during a luncheon at a wonderful Italian restaurant. In order to graduate from the EWSF program, women need to successfully meet the goals they have set in order to achieve self-sufficiency and keep their families together.
We are so proud of these amazing women and all they have accomplished!
Kearin and Keith are waiting to welcome a child into their heart and home through open adoption. Learn more about them!
Dear Birth Family,
We cannot even begin to imagine the emotions you are feeling. Please know that we appreciate you considering us as a loving family for your baby. We have such a great amount of admiration and respect for you and for your decision to choose adoption.
Our journey to adoption began two years after our son Weston was born. We had dreams of expanding our family but suffered two late miscarriages in the process. It was with time and a great amount of reflection that we realized that we were being guided down a different path. Kearin’s Grandma, Keith’s Aunt, our Godson, friends of ours and friends of Weston’s are all adopted. Adoption holds a very special place in our hearts and has been a defining part in the lives of some of those we love most!
It is extremely important to us that your child knows his/her roots and the amazing sacrifice that you made. Your child will always know that your decision was the most selfless act in the world. We created this book as a way for you to see if we would be a good match for you and the future you envision for your child. We hope that we have conveyed to you our sincere belief that your child will always be a precious gift entrusted to our loving care.
Sarah and Anna are waiting to welcome a child into their heart and home through open adoption. Learn more about them!
Words cannot describe how grateful we are that you are taking the time to read through our profile. We know that through this selfless act, you may be facing a very difficult decision. As you read through our profile, we want to let you know that we intend to raise your child so that they always know that their family was chosen out of love by their birth mom. We are committed to raising this precious child in a home surrounded by incredible love, endless opportunities for adventure, and lots and lots of laughs. We have been dreaming of being mommies since the day that we met, and we are so excited for the journey that lies ahead. Thank you again for opening our book. We are looking forward to meeting you!
Jeanette and Mark’s lives changed forever when they adopted Mya from Holt-Sunny Ridge’s domestic adoption program. Hear their story, and the advice they have for other families in the adoption process.
Jill and Donatas are waiting to welcome a child into their heart and home through open adoption. Learn more about them!
Hello! We are Jill and Donatas and we wanted to say thank you so much for taking a peek into our life together! We are very excited for you to see our profile, but we can’t even begin to understand the magnitude of the decision you are facing. We hope that this book can provide you with a snapshot of what our life is like, as well as the people in our lives that will love your child along with us.
Thank you for taking the time to get to learn a bit about us. We hope to meet you in the future.
Because every mother should have the option to parent her child…
The Empowering Women, Strengthening Families Program exists to empower mothers to independently care for their children through:
• Housing Support
• Educational scholarships
• Medical care
• Day care assistance
• Case-managed support and guidance
To enroll in this program, a woman must be:
• An Illinois resident
• Age 18 or older, or under 18 with guardian’s permission
• Currently pregnant and/or parenting, but considering adoption due to lack of resources — women who, if not for the lack of resources, would choose to parent.
• Available to participate in our intake process
Partnering Together to Serve Women
If you are working with a woman who is currently parenting and/or pregnant, who would like to parent her child(ren), but lacks the resources to do so, we invite you to refer her to us. Our compassionate, professional staff will empower her with the guidance and resources she needs to achieve stability and independently care for herself and her child.
Every year, we work with dozens of women who make the most difficult decision to place their child with an adoptive family — solely because she doesn’t have the resources to parent her child herself. For women who want to parent, but lack sufficient support, parenting skills, job skills or permanent housing, there are few resources outside of decentralized public assistance.
If you have questions, or would like to refer a woman to the Empowering Women, Strengthening Families program, we’d love to talk with you. Contact Loann Tan, our birth parent and resource social worker, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630.754.4510.