Maintaining Adoption Connections

We provide support services to ensure a successful adoption.
We look at family strengths and provide support services to ensure a successful adoption.

Meet MAC, a Resource for Adoptive Families 

Adoptive parents are no different than other parents: They want the best for their children, and are willing to go the extra mile to ensure their success. Yet, adoptive parents can face unique challenges with children who may have a history of trauma or loss, or may be challenged by attachment or behavior issues. Adoptive parents don’t need to wrestle with these challenges in the dark, in solitude or in shame. Instead, they can turn to the JCFS program Maintaining Adoption Connections, or MAC, which taps into abundant resources that provide adoptive families with support, strength and solutions.

Post-Adoption Resources from MAC 

For families living in our service area, MAC’s experienced clinicians identify family strengths and needs, and work to address any gaps by providing services such as home-based, individual and family therapy, grief counseling or mentoring programs. MAC clinicians can serve as a court, school or community advocates, or can intervene in a crises. MAC services are available in Spanish and English.

MAC Service Area 

MAC serves adoptive families who have adopted or have subsidized quardianship through DCFS, living in or near communities ranging from Evanston (north) to Douglas Park (south), the “Loop” (east), Oak Park (west) and the far south suburbs.


Get Help

For information call Sally Herschmann, LCSW, at 312.673.2710.  This program is only available through DCFS, for adoptive families who adopted or who have subsidized guardianship through DCFS.


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