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Anxiety Disorders, Symptoms & More

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health concern in the United States. An estimated 40 million adults in the U.S., or 18%, have an anxiety disorder. Approximately 8% of children and teenagers experience the negative impact of an anxiety disorder at school and at home. Most people develop symptoms of anxiety disorders before age 21 and women are 60% more likely to be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder than men.

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Depression, Symptoms & More

Just like with any mental health condition, people with depression or who are going through a depressive episode (also known as major or clinical depression) experience symptoms differently. But for most people, depression changes how they function day-to-day.

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Congratulations, Empowered Moms!

Congratulations to the amazing women in our Empowering Women, Strengthening Families program! We held a luncheon to celebrate their recent accomplishments. 

The Empowering Women, Strengthening Families (EWSF) program exists to empower mothers to independently care for their children through housing support, medical care, educational scholarships and much more. Continue reading

7 Myths About Making An Adoption Plan for Your Baby

There’s a lot of misinformation out there, and if you’re pregnant and considering adoption for your baby, you may not know what to believe. Adoption has changed a lot over the years, and we want you to know the present-day facts. Here are the top seven myths we’ve encountered about domestic adoption.

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From Homeless to Hopeful

Jasmine and her three young children were homeless in Chicago, moving from shelter to shelter every day. But then she joined Holt-Sunny Ridge’s Empowering Women, Strengthening Families program, and her life has drastically changed.

Today she is a stable, motivated and empowered mom.

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I Have Them, They Have Me: Empowering Single Moms in Chicago

A single mother in Chicago — alone and suffering from a traumatic past — Nina thought placing her three children for adoption was her only option. Then she heard about Holt-Sunny Ridge, and their new program to empower single moms in Chicago. 

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To Birth Moms, on Birth Mother’s Day…

On Birth Mother’s Day, here are some of our messages to birth mothers here in Chicago and around the world: 

  • You are loved!

  • Your wellbeing is in the hearts and minds of many. “We do no great things, only small things with great love.” -Mother Teresa

  • Happy Birth Mother’s Day. The courage you have to make a very difficult decision is admirable.

  • You are amazing! 🙂

  • Your heart and courage are truly an inspiration! ❤

  • As a foster mother myself, I know that a mother’s love is expressed in many different forms, and all are beautiful! But today I honor the mothers who gave their children the first experience of love in their life. What an incredible gift that stays with children their whole lives.

  • Dear Birth Mothers, As an adoptee, I want to thank you for all the sacrifices you gave to give me (us) a better life. You will always have a special place in our hearts. xoxo This year this celebration [Birth Mother’s Day] is on my birthday and it brings extra importance on this day. Thank you for your love  and care. xoxo

  • You will be a part of our family forever.

  • Because of your bravery, our family is complete. Thank you for bringing our daughter into our world and our lives.

  • You are a brave and amazing person!

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