Adoption & Infertility Support

Project Esther provides support for individuals, couples and families who are tackling the challenges of adoption or infertility.

For those who are just beginning to create their families, thinking about expanding the one they have, living alone, living with a partner, or living with a spouse, Project Esther: The Chicago Jewish Adoption Network is ready to help.

Recognizing that there is no one definition for the modern family, Project Esther offers a range of services and programs:

Information & Resources

  • Connections to adoption placement agencies, infertility specialists, lawyers, physicians and rabbis
  • Available to answer questions and offer support to adoptive and prospective adoptive parents, birth parents, adult adoptees, those struggling with infertility.
  • Provide assistance with post-adoption questions, including search and reunion.

Support Groups and Networking for Parents and Children

  • Support groups provide opportunities for conversations about the unique experiences of Jewish adoptive and prospective adoptive families across the lifespan and individuals and couples struggling with infertility.
  • A variety of social events such as an annual Hanukkah party, Sukkot celebration and summer picnic.

Professional Training and Consultation

  • Education sessions help cross-discipline professionals strengthen their knowledge about the unique issues facing Jewish families of all shapes.
  • Teachers seeking consultation on adoption issues, social service professionals needing assistance with a family’s request for resources, Rabbis looking for ideas to integrate diverse Jewish families into the congregation and more.

Community Education

  • Workshops focus on a variety of topics such as the pre-adoption process, adoption and the Jewish family, parenting in transracial adoptive families, Jewish perspectives on infertility and others.

Support and Funding

  • Project Esther: The Chicago Jewish Adoption Network is supported by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, the Rubens Family Foundation, and other generous donors. 

For information contact Marsha Raynes, Project Esther Program Manager (847.745.5408)