Request a Presentation

St. Mary’s Services is committed to providing quality adoption education and training for social work, healthcare, school and community-based professionals. We provide these presentations free of charge and they are held at your agency or the location of your choice. To request a presentation, call 1-847-870-8181 and ask to speak with Joanne Bratta, Executive Director, or email

For Social Workers and Healthcare Providers:

This training focuses on information to assist those working with patients who are making an adoption plan in the clinic and/or hospital setting. It includes information about current trends, practices, services and legal issues in adoption.

For Teachers and School Staff:

This presentation assists teachers and other school professionals with ways to bring up the subject of adoption with students. It provides educators with a solid understanding of adoption so that they can feel confident in answering students’ questions and dispelling myths about adoption. We also are available to give presentations in the classroom to students about adoption. Our presentations also include, but are not limited to the topics of : Birth Control, Sage Haven Law, and Healthy Relationships.

For Community Social Service Agencies and Crisis Pregnancy Centers:

This training provides an overview of adoption as an option. Included are suggested ways to bring up the topic of adoption, a discussion of positive adoption language and openness in adoption.


“You always hear that making the decision of adoption is the toughest and most selfless thing you can do, and they’re right. My advice would just simply be to think of the future of your baby.”

– St. Mary’s Birth Mother

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