Are you pregnant, and feeling forced to choose adoption because you have no other options? Maybe the plan in your heart is to parent your child. But in your head, you know it's just not possible.
With hard work and determination, anything is possible.
At Holt-Sunny Ridge, we want to help you successfully parent your child. If you have the courage to do everything it takes to provide a safe, stable home for your child, we will provide the support and resources you need to achieve your goal.
Adoption is a choice. If you want to parent — you can.
This is for women like Angela, Katelyn, Sofia and Ally — women who live in Illinois, are 18+, who are considering adoption — but whose heart's desire is to raise their child themselves.
"I already have three children, and can barely make ends meet. And I just found out I'm pregnant again. I love my baby, but know I can't afford to raise another child." — Angela
"I'm in my last year of high school and just found out I'm pregnant. I want to be a mom, but also want to finish school." — Katelyn
"I'm 7 months pregnant, and just lost my job. Now I'm worried I can't even pay rent — how could I possibly take care of my baby?" — Sofia
"I've struggled with addiction and mental health for a long time. I'm afraid I won't be able to provide a healthy home to my child." — Ally
Our goal is to help you become a healthy, independent and empowered mother. This means you'll have to put in a lot of work — but we'll be here for you every step of the way. Our social workers, Loann and Nancy, will help you make a plan, create action steps, and then help you achieve them.
"I am grateful to be a part of this program, because they picked me up at the most vulnerable time in my life — when I thought I was alone. Instead, I felt like I had a family. It wasn't as hard as it would have been. If I didn't know about Holt-Sunny Ridge."
"With my determination and their help, we got through it! When coming into the program, be determined and I promise you'll get to where you need to get to, because it's working out for me."
"The Empowering Women, Strengthening Families program that Holt-Sunny Ridge has for mothers is exceptional! I not only have help for my son, but I have help for myself that I didn't think I would ever get. My gratitude for Loann and the other staff is endless throughout my parenting journey."
If you are interested in joining our Empowering Women, Strengthening Families (EWSF) program in Chicagoland — or if you would like to refer a woman to this program — please contact Loann Tan at 630-754-4510, firstname.lastname@example.org, on Facebook or by filling out the form.
Holt International's EWSF program is supported through generous philantropic support. If you would like to donate to this program please visit our donation page - https://www.holtinternational.org/ways-to-give/ - and note "EWSF" in the comments area during the donation process.