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Hopeful Beginnings of St. Mary’s Services was established in 1887, with the vision of providing every child a good home. We continue this mission with adoption services and maternity counseling services.

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Separation Anxiety in Children

What is separation anxiety? Does my child have it? From the moment your child is born, you spend every second of your day with your child, which is a good thing because your child needs you, especially when they have weeks or months that they’ve been born. You only want to be near…

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Self-care for parents

As a parent, you will always have something to clean or something to do. You have to take care of your child and make sure that they are safe. Days or even weeks can pass by without you taking care of yourself. Self-care is very important as a parent. You want to make…

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Newborn Skin to Skin Contact

Skin-to-Skin Contact and its benefits   A welcoming of a new baby is such an exciting time for parents. One of the most rewarding feelings is when you get to hold your baby for the first time. You may have heard of the skin-to-skin contact that occurs when a baby is born. Skin-to-skin…

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Marriage and a New Baby

Maintaining A Good Marriage While Managing A New Baby You and your significant other recently got married or have been married for a while. Both of you are happy enjoying each other’s company and living a happy life. Then one day, both of you find out that you’re having a baby. It’s very…

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Safe Haven

  As social workers, our main goal is to provide support and assistance through various life-changing events. Our values remind us that it is our responsibility to protect children from abuse, neglect, and any other form of maltreatment. Year after year there have been countless infants abandoned in unsafe locations where they face…

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Agency Adoption vs Independent Adoption

  As birth mothers and adoptive families may research their options regarding adoption, they will find there are many different types of professionals involved in the adoption process. Adoption agencies could be viewed as more of an encompassing multi-disciplinary team approach while independent adoptions facilitated solely by adoption attorneys could be viewed as…

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Seasonal Affective Disorder

There is no denying that wintertime in Chicago can be a very long and gloomy few months. Once the cold fall weather sets in and the clouds have blanketed the sky, it can feel as if the sun goes into hibernation until March. Mentally, emotionally, and physically, this time of year can be…

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