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Who we Are

Dear Friends,

First of all, thank you for taking the time to learn more about St. Mary’s Services and what we do here at the agency. I take great pride in sharing our story with you.

Founded in 1887 by the Episcopal Sisters of St. Mary, our dedicated social workers counsel women experiencing unplanned pregnancies who are considering adoption. They also provide preparation and placement services to families pursuing domestic infant adoption. In addition, St. Mary’s facilitates home study and post placement services for international adoptions. We help both birth and adoptive families before, during and after placement.

As Executive Director of St. Mary’s Board of Trustees, I feel that it is an incredible privilege to be able to work with an organization that helps build families and restore lives through unparalleled counseling and support services. I see firsthand the positive difference our counselors make to improve the lives of the clients we serve. Whether it is a pregnant woman looking for understanding, counsel and a non-judgmental, listening ear or an adoptive parent seeking education and guidance, we meet and exceed their needs. Above all, we work in the best interest of the children we serve.

This is just a snapshot of St. Mary’s. We hope that if you are in need of our services, you will get to know us better. We are here to help you or someone you know understand their options and learn more about the miracle of adoption.


Joanne Bratta
Executive Director

St. Mary’s Board of Trustees
Claudia Castro – President, Judy Leonardis – Vice President, Jill Harris – Treasurer, Rev. Gary Cox – Secretary, Brian Adley, M.D., Mel Doerr, Brett Locascio, Shawn McKenna, Carl Schwarz, Michael Terenzio

St. Mary’s Services is affiliated with Episcopal Charities and Community Services (Diocese of Chicago). St. Mary’s is licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services of the State of Illinois, #040234.

“At St. Mary’s, every adoptive family receives counseling and placement services that are personalized to their specific needs.”