Serving women, children & families throughout the Chicagoland area for more than 130 years.

I’m Pregnant I Want Counseling I Want To Adopt I Want to Help

Hopeful Beginnings provides maternity counseling and parenting education, as well as guidance and support for families seeking adoption.

Here, you can receive free services including options counseling, a place where you can ask hard questions without enduring judgment or embarrassment. We are here to support you through the challenging situations and the tough questions, allowing you to ultimately make the best decision for you.
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2018 established

Hopeful Beginnings were founded by the Episcopal Sisters of St. Mary.

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Our services bring together birth mothers and adoptive families.

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Hopeful Beginnings provides free counseling services to families in need.


I'm not giving my baby up for adoption I'm giving them a better life.

Birth Mother Story


My son’s dad had passed away before I even knew that I was pregnant. And that was really hard on me. You can’t raise a baby just on love, it’s more than that. I wanted him to have the best life possible.

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Meet Our Placed Families

Chris & Jennifer

Chris and Jennifer welcomed their newest addition in July 2018.  St. Mary’s Services is happy to have been a part of their process.

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Meet Our Families Awaiting Adoption

Adam & Joe

Dear Birthparent(s), Thank you for taking time to read our page. We are beyond excited about starting a family and a lifelong journey with a birth parent like you. We believe there are all types of families but every family should have love and each child should have the ability to be who...

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Hopeful Beginnings Events

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Gifts Inspired By Love

The adoptive children of St. Mary’s Services created beautiful art that has been turned into Note Card sets and Notepads. Show your love of St. Mary’s Services and those children and families we serve by purchasing your set today!

St. Mary’s Gifts

Children's Fashion Show
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"Making Miracle Happen" 2020 Annual Gala
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Casino Night Saturday, March 7, 2020

  We’re going to party like it’s 1929 at St. Mary’s Services Casino Night on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at The Avalon in Elk Grove...

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Birth Parent Support

    You are not alone...   The emotions that birth parents feel are ones that others may not understand.  Having intense feelings of grief...

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St. Mary's Annual Family Picnic 2019

St. Mary's Annual Picnic 2019 St. Mary's held it's annual Adoptive Family Picnic on June 30, 2019 at Twin Lakes Park in Palatine.  We had...

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