Our Vision: Every Child Deserves a Good Home.

A Letter from Our Director

Dear Friends,

Thank you for coming to our website to explore the services that we offer. Whether you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and need to explore your options, are experiencing postpartum depression or have anxiety in pregnancy, grief/loss issues from a pregnancy, an adjustment to parenthood, or want to expand your family with adoption services, you have come to the right place! We also provide home study services for families working with nationwide agencies.

We are first and foremost a child welfare agency and take our responsibility very seriously. Our counselors are some of the very best in our area and are committed to our clients. The entire staff thinks “out of the box” to provide you with professional services. We are with you every step of the way, will care for you, and nurture you in whatever journey you choose. We walk alongside you!

Please call, text, or email us for more information.

Sincerely,


Joanne Bratta
Executive Director

 

 

Our Vision & Mission
Vision:

Every child deserves a good home.

Mission:

Saint Mary’s Services builds stable families that result in stronger communities. We open our hearts and arms to everyone, treating all with the dignity and respect they deserve. We ensure the well-being of children by providing holistic support for the adoption journey both pre- and post-placement; delivering teen parenting programs; and offering counseling services for any parent experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, postpartum depression, grief over the loss of a pregnancy, and/or difficulty in adjustment to parenthood.

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.

St. Mary’s has expanded to provide free counseling services to women in need, including postpartum depression/anxiety counseling, perinatal depression/anxiety counseling, grief & loss counseling, and adjustment to motherhood counseling.

Five Primary Focus 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
Board of Trustees
  • Brett Locascio – Interim President
  • Judy Leonardis – Vice President
  • Jill Harris – Treasurer
  • Rev. Gary Cox – Secretary
  • Shawn McKenna – Trustee
  • Jolie Patel – Trustee
  • Rich Casey – Trustee

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.

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