I Have Them, They Have Me: Empowering Single Moms in Chicago


A single mother in Chicago — alone and suffering from a traumatic past — Nina thought placing her three children for adoption was her only option. Then she heard about Holt-Sunny Ridge, and their new program to empower single moms in Chicago. 

The breaking point.

This is where Nina says she was right after her third child was born. A single mother of three living in Chicago, she was alone with no family or friends for support. Anxious, depressed and unable to work, she considered doing the one thing that broke her heart the most.

Was it ever a possibility that your family wouldn’t be able to stay together? That you’d place your kids for adoption? Sitting in Nina’s top-floor apartment on a warm day in August, we ask her this question.  

“Yeah,” Nina says.

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