Problem & Solution
Our culture paints a bleak future for women who continue an unexpected pregnancy. The message is often that she won’t be able to overcome the very real challenges of being a single mom and that, as a result, both she and her child will become a statistic. This stereotype is so negative, it causes many women to feel that their only two options are abortion, or overwhelming struggle as a mom.
Every year in Cook County, an average of 59,000 women will experience an unplanned pregnancy – and about 23,000 of them will have an abortion.
But we know that when we offer acceptance and support, it changes the story for both the woman and the child. When a woman receives grace, it can bring healing and belonging, changing her view of herself. Grace breaks the power of the negative stereotype. And when a woman receives support, it can bring hope and possibilities, changing her view of the future. Support breaks the power of fear.
Imagine what could happen if, at churches all across the Chicago area, there were communities of women who were experiencing hope and following their dreams after an unexpected pregnancy? Could that change the negative story for the women who currently think their only options are abortion or overwhelming struggle as a mom?
We believe it’s the only thing that will.
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Connection Group Stories
Caris offers grace and support through our free services.
- Pregnancy tests
- Professional counseling
- Peer-based Connection groups
- Referrals to community agencies
- Early childcare items provided by church partners
Click here to learn more about our services.
Samantha was a senior in college when she found out she was pregnant. “I couldn’t believe this was really happening. I was scared of what people were going to say, that they would judge me.” Faced with pressure to get an abortion and afraid of ruining her future, Samantha needed a safe place to sort out how she was feeling. She turned to Caris for help, receiving professional counseling, access to community resources and support through a Caris Connection Group. Three years later, Samantha and her son Jordan are thriving in their new life. Samantha stays connected to Caris through her Connection Group, is working and is a regular attender of her local church. “Now that Jordan is two, I can look back and see what amazing things God has done in our lives. I can’t wait to see what he has in store for me next.” Click here to read Samantha’s full story in her own words.
At 16, Brianna found herself facing an unplanned pregnancy. With a family structure in chaos and the baby’s father out of the picture, Brianna felt completely alone. “I didn’t know what to do. It was the most desperate place I’d ever been.” Brianna came to Caris because she needed someone to talk to, but what she found was acceptance, support and hope for her future. She now lives in California with her son, Jesse, and is studying to become a nurse. “It’s the craziest thing for me to look back and see who I was before getting pregnant. I wouldn’t be here today if it hadn’t been for Caris.” Click here to read Brianna’s story in her own words.