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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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Moms using Doctor Google

Doctor Google We’ve all been there as mothers. We find a small spot on our baby’s body or we question their gross motor development and off we go! To Doctor Google. We search and spend sometimes hours combing research articles that we barely understand (at least I don’t) and scrolling through mom forums…

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Happy Mother’s Day Mom

Happy Mother’s Day by Julia Kitzinger Mother’s Day is soon approaching, and it just feels right to give a shout out to all the mammas out there. Mothers do so much for their families and make all sorts of sacrifices for their kids, and most of those sacrifices go unnoticed. This day is…

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Child Abuse and Neglect

Child abuse is an ugly thing: this is a fact that most of the world can agree on. However, there is a form of child abuse – the beatings with objects, the hitting and physical abuse – that is most prevalent in the media and dramatized in movies and shows. In these depictions,…

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Maternal Mental Health

The Blue Dot  ( has become a symbol of solidarity for families that have experienced perinatal mood disorders. Hopeful Beginnings is proud to offer free counseling services that help empower and heal families. Here is a testimony from a past client: “When I first started counseling services, I remember constantly feeling stressed, overwhelmed…

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