Jewish Adoption Support/Project Esther

Project Esther creates a support network helping families to enhance and strengthen the creation of a family through adoption.

Adoption Resources for Families

You may be beginning your family or thinking about expanding the one you have.  You may live alone, with your partner or with your spouse.  You may be contemplating adoption, well on your way to adopting a child or already an adoptive family.  Whatever stage you are in, if adoption is on your mind, then Project Esther:  The Chicago Jewish Adoption Network is ready to help.

 

Project Esther supports, strengthens, educates and connects diverse Jewish adoptive and prospective adoptive families.   Recognizing that there is no one definition for the modern family, Project Esther offers a range of services and programs:

Information & Resources

An extensive knowledge of adoption placement agencies, lawyers, physicians and rabbis means that Project Esther can help you navigate the complexities of the adoption process.   We are also available to answer questions and offer support to birth parents and adult adoptees.

 

Support Groups and Networking for Parents and Children

Support groups respond to the unique experiences of Jewish adoptive and prospective adoptive families across the lifespan. Families are welcome to participate in Project Esther social events such as a Chanukah party, Sukkot celebration, and summer picnic

Educational Seminars and Workshops

From pre-adoption education to sessions on raising Jewish children, our seminars and workshops address the unique issues facing Jewish families built through adoption.

Community Outreach and Education

Our programs promote and celebrate the diversity of Jewish families built through adoption. Whether a school needs consultation on adoption issues, a professional needs assistance to respond to a family’s request for adoption resources or a synagogue needs ideas to integrate diverse Jewish families into its congregation, we are available to provide guidance.

Consultation

Whether a school is seeking consultation on adoption issues, a professional needs assistance to respond to a family’s request for adoption resources or a synagogue needs ideas to integrate diverse Jewish families into its congregation, Project Esther is available to provide guidance.

Post-Adoption Services

Our qualified staff members handle an array of post-adoption requests, including search and reunion services.

 
Every family that works with Project Esther: The Chicago Jewish Adoption Network has client rights and responsibilities.  You also are welcome to view our annual report for Illinois Licensed Adoption Agencies, or review the Adoption Services Client Complaint Procedures.

 

                                                                                       

For information contact Marsha Raynes, Project Esther Program Manager (847.745.5408 marsharaynes@jcfs.org)