About St. Mary’s Services

A Brief History

In 1887, the St. Mary’s Home for Children was established.  Working towards providing a protected place for children to live and thrive has been at the center of what all of us do. Various programs have been instituted were started to accomplish this goal.  St. Mary’s has provided many services for newborn infants, foster children, birth parents and adoptive families of all races and religions.

By the mid-1940’s orphanages gave way to foster home care and offices were opened on Kenmore Avenue in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago.  Gradually, foster care was phased out and what was to become St. Mary’s Services evolved, focusing primarily on services for birth parents in need and families looking to adopt.

Now located in the Northwest Suburban Area of Chicago, the agency focuses resources and energies in five primary areas:

  1. Maternity counseling and casework for women experiencing unplanned pregnancies and considering adoption
  2. Counseling and facilitation for couples pursuing adoption
  3. Education and community awareness of adoption as a positive, loving option
  4. A comprehensive teen parenting program in high schools and community centers
  5. Counseling for women with postpartum depression, grief and loss (miscarriage, stillborn, post-adoption, post-abortion), and difficulty transitioning into motherhood

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“We are forever grateful to St. Mary’s for being there for us every step of the way through our journey to our amazing family!”

– Lisa & Lou, St. Mary’s Adoptive Family

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