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All services are listed in order by National, Statewide, Regional, County & City. National, State, and Regional links are verified annually with the latest verification date at the bottom of the page. County/City links are not verified annually due to volume. If you find that a County/City link is broken or a service is no longer available, please message the page so that it can be corrected for future use.

Healthcare

ATTENTION
Services are available for free to low-income patients. Service providers may offer help in broader areas/regions than the physical location listed. Many service providers offer case management.

National

Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers- Directory

National- healthcare financing- Care Credit

National- prescription discount card- Coast2Coast

National- free clinic directory- Free Clinics

National- free/sliding fee dental clinic directory- Free Dental Care

National- prescription discounts- Good Rx

National- medicine assistance search engine- Medicine Assistance Tool

National- eyeglasses assistance- New Eyes

National- birth control, emergency contraception- Nurx

National- vision care- One Sight

National- patient assistance programs- Rx Assist

National- prescription assistance- Rx Outreach

National- free clinic directory- Volunteers in Medicine

Statewide

Statewide- free clinics- Directory

Statewide- health department directory- NACCHO

Regional

North Central Illinois- medical transportation- Voluntary Action Center

Southern Illinois-(refers for adoption//please read Voices and Experience before accepting or pursuing adoption material)– prescription assistance- Catholic Charities

County/City

Aurora- medical assistance- Hesed House

Chicago- community health directory- Cradles to Crayons

Chicago- healthcare services- Deborah’s Place

Chicago- healthcare, dental- Ezra Multi-Service Center

Chicago- mental health, medical, dental, vision, prescription assistance, Jewish clients- The Ark

Chicago Heights- prescription assistance- Respond Now

Cook County- medical transportation assistance- County Care

Cook County- outreach bus- The Night Ministry

Kane County- prescription assistance- The Salvation Army

Kane County- medical & dental- Tri City Health Partnership

LaGrange Park- medical, dental, behavioral health- Pillars Community Health

Northbrook- mental health, medical, dental, vision, prescription assistance, Jewish clients- The Ark

Palatine- limited medical, prescription assistance- Journeys

Quincy- prescription assistance, emergency medical- The Salvation Army

Rockford- medical, dental, chiropractic- Hope Clinic

Springfield- prescription assistance- Contact Ministries

Tinley Park- medication assistance- Together We Cope

Housing/
Shelter

ATTENTION
Most service providers offer case management. Listings range from emergency to permanent. Many providers offer additional services in conjunction with housing; including childcare, healthcare, etc. Service providers may offer help in broader areas/regions than the physical location listed.

National

National- Affordable Housing

National- search sublets- Airbnb

National- CoAbode

National (age limits)- Covenant House

National- Family Promise

National- For Rent By Owner

National- ICNA Relief

National- Low Income Apartments

National- Mercy Housing

National- housing authority directory- Public Housing

National- rent assistance directory- Rent Assistance

National- multiple rental platforms- RentPath

National- find a roommate- Roomies

National- housing locator- Socialserve

National- search rooms to rent- Spare Room

Statewide

Statewide- directory- Housing Authorities

Regional

Central Illinois- C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation

Quad Cities (domestic abuse)- Churches United

Quad Cities- Humility Homes

Quad Cities- The Salvation Army

Southern Illinois- The Salvation Army

Western Chicago Metropolitan Area- SARET Charitable Fund

County/City

Aurora- Hesed House

Aurora- Mutual Ground

Aurora- Wayside Cross Ministries

Berwyn- Housing Forward

Bloomington- Home Sweet Home Ministries

Carbondale- Carbondale Samaritan Ministries

Carol Stream (no residential requirement; maternity)- Outreach Community Ministries

Charleston- HOPE of East Central Illinois

Chicago- A Safe Haven

Chicago- Believe Shelter

Chicago- Breakthrough

Chicago- Cornerstone Community Outreach

Chicago- housing directory- Cradles to Crayons

Chicago- Darkim Responsible Living for Women

Chicago- Deborah’s Place

Chicago (domestic violence)- Family Rescue

Chicago- Franciscan House

Chicago- ICNA Relief

Chicago- Inner Voice

Chicago- Lincoln Park Community Services

Chicago- Margaret’s Village

Chicago (domestic violence)- Neapolitan Lighthouse

Chicago- New Moms

Chicago- Olive Branch Mission

Chicago- Pacific Garden Mission

Chicago- Primo Center for Women and Children

Chicago- Roseland Christian Ministries

Chicago- Sarah’s Circle

Chicago- Single Room Housing Assistance Corporation

Chicago- Southwest Chicago PADS

Chicago- focus on Jewish clients- The Ark

Chicago- The Salvation Army

Chicago- You Can Make It Inc.

Chicago Heights- Respond Now

Chicago Heights- South Suburban Pads

Cicero- Housing Authority

Cook County (no residential requirement)- (refers for adoption//please read Voices and Experience before accepting or pursuing adoption material)Aid for Women 

Cook County- CEDA

Cook County- Housing Authority

Cook County- Housing Forward

Cook County- (ages 14-24 includes maternity)- The Night Ministry

Country Club Hills- South Suburban Pads

Decatur- God’s Shelter of Love

DeKalb- Hope Haven

DeKalb County- Housing Authority

DeKalb County (domestic abuse)- Safe Passage

East St. Louis- Call for Help

East St. Louis- CDBG Operations Corporation

Elburn- Beautiful U Ministries

Elgin- Community Crisis Center

Elgin- Matthew 25:40 Ministry

Elgin- PADS of Elgin

Englewood- Maria Shelter

Evanston- Connections for the Homeless

Evanston- Family Promise

Forest Park- Housing Forward

Freeport- Freeport Area Church Cooperative

Galesburg- Galesburg Rescue Mission

Glen Ellyn- Bridge Communities

Granite City- Good Samaritan House

Harrisburg- Christian Community Compassion Center

Homewood (domestic violence)- South Suburban Family Shelter

Joliet- Daybreak Center

Joliet- Lamb’s Fold

Joliet- Morningstar Mission

Kane County- Lazarus House

Libertyville- The Lake County Haven

Marion- Southern Illinois Coalition for the Homeless

Marion- The Lighthouse Shelter

Mattoon- The Haven

McHenry- Home of the Sparrow

McHenry- Pioneer Center for Human Services

Oak Park- Housing Forward

Oak Park- New Moms

Olney- SWAN

Ottawa- PADS Shelter

Palatine- Journeys

Park Ridge (age limits, includes maternity)- The Harbour

Pekin- Harold J. Rust Transitional Center

Peoria- Dream Center

Peru- PADS Shelter

Quincy- The Salvation Army

Rockford- Rockford MELD

Rockford- Rockford Rescue Mission

Rockford- Shelter Care Ministries

Rockford- The Carpenter’s Place

Rock Island- St. Joseph The Worker House

St. Charles- Lazarus House

Springfield- Contact Ministries

Springfield- Inner City Mission

Springfield (domestic violence)- Sojourn Shelter and Services

Taylorville- Shadow Home

Tinley Park- Together We Cope

Wheaton- DuPage Pads

Wheaton- Family Shelter Service

Affordable Childcare

ATTENTION
Service providers range from national to local. Local listings have been searched by services including but not limited to: 24 hour care, extended hours, discounts, crisis nurseries, tuition assistance, scholarships, and sliding fees.

National

National- extended hours- Care.com

National- child care search- Care Lulu

National- newborn, temporary, permanent- Caring Nannies

National- campus-based child care services- CCAMPIS

Nationwide Directory- Childcare Center

National- Childcare Co-Op- Komae

National- Mom Trusted

National- temporary or permanent- Sittercity

National- child care search- Tootris

National- temporary or permanent- Trusting Connections

National- child care search- Winnie

National- emergency child care- YMCA

Statewide

Statewide- National Head Start Association

Regional

Southeast Illinois- Project Child

Southeast Illinois- child care scholarships- Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation

County/City

Chicago- child care directory- Cradles to Crayons

Chicago- emergency childcare- Maryville Crisis Nursery

Chicago- emergency/sick care- TLC Family Care

DeKalb County- childcare assistance- 4-C

Effingham County- crisis nursery- Crisis Nursery of Effingham County

McHenry County- childcare assistance- 4-C

Government Programs

Programs Explained: Terms

ACA Marketplace

Child Care Assistance

CHIP

Emergency Rental Assistance Program

FAFSA

HUD

IRS Free File Program

Job Corps

Lifeline Program

Medicaid

National School Lunch Program

Section 8 Housing

SNAP

TANF

TEFAP

Unemployment Insurance

Utility Assistance LIHEAP

WIC

Baby Care

ATTENTION
Most Crisis/Resource Pregnancy Centers will encourage and refer for adoption. Please do your research before accepting or pursuing adoption materials. Adoption is a lifelong commitment to grief. Visit the Voices and Experience pages on the website for more accurate information. A permanent solution should not be applied to a temporary problem.

National

National- car seat distribution directory- 800 Buck-L-Up

National- baby item discounts- Amazon Family

National- material assistance directory- Baby2Baby

National- free baby items- Buy Nothing Project

National- cloth diapers- Cloth for Every Bum

National- portable crib directory- Cribs for Kids

National- free formula samples & coupons- Enfamil

National- family-focused support- Healthy Families America

National- cloth diapers- Jake’s Diapers

National- baby care package- Little Llamas USA

National- National Diaper Bank Network

National- one time free formula sample- Nature’s One

National- first time mom assistance- Nurse Family Partnership

National- trade baby items/clothes- Rehash

National- car seat distribution directory- Safe Convertible Car Seats

National- (Not all, but some locations may be affiliated with a national adoption entity. For transparency, please be advised. Please read Voices and Experience before accepting or pursuing adoption material) – family preservation assistance- Safe Families for Children

National- cloth diapers- Share the Love

National- rewards program- Similac

National- car seat trade-in events- Target Brands, Inc.

National (ages 13-23)- family support programs- Teen Mother Choices

National- crib alternative- The Baby Box

National- cloth diapers- The Cloth Option

National- parental leave grant- The Mom Economy

Statewide

Statewide- free baby items- Freecycle

Statewide- (refers for adoption//please read Voices and Experience before accepting or pursuing adoption material)– diapers, formula, clothing, equipment- Living Alternatives

Statewide- car seat events- Safe Kids

Regional

North Chicago Metropolitan Area- kid clothing- The Kid’s Pantry

Northeast Illinois- diapers, formula, bottles, etc.- Swaddling Clothes

Quad Cities- diaper distribution centers- Hiney Heroes

West Central Illinois- diaper bank directory- Loving Bottoms Diaper Bank

County/City

Chicago- (refers for adoption//please read Voices and Experience before accepting or pursuing adoption material)– earn while you learn program- Aid for Women

Chicago- car seat events- Buckle Up Program

Chicago- children’s clothes- Cornerstone Community Outreach

Chicago- material support directory- Cradles to Crayons

Chicago (referral needed)- formula, diapers, etc.- St. James Catholic Church

Cicero- (refers for adoption//please read Voices and Experience before accepting or pursuing adoption material)– earn while you learn program- Aid for Women

Dekalb- (refers for adoption//please read Voices and Experience before accepting or pursuing adoption material)– material support, earn while you learn program- We Care Pregnancy Clinic

DeKalb County- parenting support- 4-C

Des Plaines- (refers for adoption//please read Voices and Experience before accepting or pursuing adoption material)– earn while you learn program- Aid for Women

Elgin- (refers for adoption//please read Voices and Experience before accepting or pursuing adoption material)– material assistance- Life Choices

Flossmoor- (refers for adoption//please read Voices and Experience before accepting or pursuing adoption material)– earn while you learn program- Aid for Women

Gurnee (ages 13-23)- mentorship program, material assistance- Teen Mother Choices International

Lake County- diaper bank- Diaper Bank Partnership

Madison County- postpartum doula & services- Elephant Baby

McHenry- diaper bank- Diaper Bank of Northern Illinois

Quincy- baby supplies- The Salvation Army

Rockford- baby and toddler clothing, diapers, baby items, etc.- Rockford MELD

St. Clair County- postpartum doula & services- Elephant Baby

Schaumburg- (refers for adoption//please read Voices and Experience before accepting or pursuing adoption material)Life Choices

Child Support

Contact Here

General Assistance

ATTENTION
Most service providers offer case management. Help may be available in broader areas/regions than the physical location listed. Services include: food and clothing assistance, car repair and donation, employment services, case management, rent and utility assistance, transportation, holiday assistance, school supplies, homeless prevention, etc.

National

National- women scholarships- AAUW

National- feminine hygiene products- Alliance For Period Supplies

National- garden fresh food assistance directory- Ample Harvest

National- cell phone assistance- Assurance Wireless

National- car donation program- Cars 4 Christmas

National- poverty relief program- Circles USA

National- internet discount- Comcast Internet Essentials

National- location-based resources- Community Action Partnership

National- professional clothing, workforce assistance- Dress for Success

National- school supply events- Eventbrite

National- scholarship database- Fastweb

National- backpack program- Feeding America

National- food bank directory- Feeding America

National- Phone App for food assistance- Food Finder

National- food pantry directory- Food Pantries

National- education financial aid- Frank

National- car donation program- Free Charity Cars

National- job search- Glassdoor

National- mortgage & lease assistance- Gradient Gives Back Foundation

National- food assistance, family services- ICNA Relief

National- job search- Indeed

National- on a budget meal plans- Kids Eat in Color

National- employment agency- Labor Finders

National- jobs access program- Lyft

National- financial assistance- Modest Needs

National- various assistance- Net Wish

National- workforce staffing- PeopleReady

National- trade clothes- Rehash

National- wireless service- SafeLink

National- various assistance- Society of St. Vincent de Paul

National- education grants- Soroptimist

National- food assistance for summer- Summer Food Rocks

National- food assistance- The Little Free Pantry

National- job search for moms- The Mom Project

National- various assistance- The Salvation Army

National- school supply events, rent assistance, etc.- United Way

National- food assistance database- Why Hunger

National- car donation programs- Working Cars for Working Families

National- location based assistance- YMCA

Statewide

Statewide- public transit directory- American Public Transportation Asoociation

Statewide- low-income small loans- Capital Good Fund

Statewide- children’s bed assistance- Sleep in Heavenly Peace

Statewide- food assistance directory- Tri-State Food Bank

Regional

Central Illinois- general assistance, transportation services, education services, etc.- C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation

Chicago Metropolitan Area- business attire for women- Poised for Success

North Central Illinois- transportation assistance- Voluntary Action Center

Quad Cities- food & clothing- Catholic Quad Cities

Quad Cities- emergency assistance, food- Churches United

Quad Cities- food pantry- The Salvation Army

Southern Illinois-(refers for adoption//please read Voices and Experience before accepting or pursuing adoption material)– crisis assistance, food assistance- Catholic Charities

Southern Illinois- food assistance directory- Operation Food Search

Southern Illinois- food pantry, clothing, rent & utility assistance, etc.- The Salvation Army

Western Chicago Metropolitan Area- food assistance, car donation and repair program- SARET Charitable Fund

County/City

Alsip- food pantry, school supplies, holiday assistance- Operation Blessing

Alsip- food pantry- The Lighthouse Church

Berwyn- food pantry- Christian Life Center

Bremen Township- general & emergency assistance- Bremen Township General Assistance

Bridgeview- food pantry- Mosque Foundation Food Pantry

Brookfield- food pantry- Share Food Share Love Food Pantry

Carbondale- emergency assistance, food pantry, daily meals, etc.- Good Samaritan Ministries

Chicago- food assistance- Breakthrough

Chicago- food pantry, clothing, employment assistance, pet pantry- Care for Real

Chicago- food pantry- Chatham-Avalon Church of Christ

Chicago- food assistance, job search, self-sufficiency programs, etc.- Common Pantry

Chicago- food bags, weekly meals, clothing, household items, etc.- Cornerstone Community Outreach

Chicago- clothing, school supplies, etc.- Cradles to Crayons

Chicago- food pantry- European American Associates

Chicago- food & hygiene pantry, emergency assistance, employment assistance, weekly meals, etc.- Ezra Multi-Service Center

Chicago- food pantry- Harmony Community Church

Chicago- food assistance- ICNA Relief

Chicago- food pantry- Irving Park Community Food Pantry

Chicago- food pantry, employment assistance- Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization

Chicago- meals for kids- Kid’s Cafe

Chicago- food pantry- Lakeview Pantry

Chicago- food pantry- Mother Jones Food Pantry

Chicago- food pantry- New Hope Community Food Pantry

Chicago- job training, family support- New Moms

Chicago- food pantry- Northwest Church of Christ

Chicago- food pantry, clothing, general assistance- Open Arms Ministry

Chicago- daily meals, clothes- Pacific Garden Mission

Chicago- food pantry- Ravenswood Community Services

Chicago- food pantry, daily meals, etc.- Roseland Christian Ministries

Chicago- food pantry- Sabeel Food Pantry

Chicago- food pantry- St. Columbanus Catholic Church

Chicago- food pantry- St. Cyprian’s Food Pantry

Chicago- food pantry- St. Ignatius Church

Chicago- food assistance, emergency assistance, holiday assistance, etc.- St. James Catholic Church

Chicago- food pantry- St. Philip Neri Church

Chicago- food pantry, clothing, weekly meals- St. Thomas of Canterbury

Chicago- food assistance, showers, laundry, mail, etc.- Sarah’s Circle

Chicago- food pantry- Sheldon Heights Church of Christ

Chicago- food pantry, free store, etc.- Shepherd’s Hope

Chicago- Jewish clients, food pantry, financial assistance, etc.- The Ark

Chicago- food pantry- The Friendship Center

Chicago- daily meals, showers, laundry- The Marquard Center

Chicago- food assistance- United Church of Rogers Park

Chicago- Operation Backpack- Volunteers of America

Chicago Heights- food pantry, general assistance- Bloom Township Food Pantry

Chicago Heights- food pantry, rent/mortgage assistance, utility assistance, etc. – Respond Now

Cicero- food pantry- CBS Food Pantry

Cook County- food assistance, clothing, job training, etc.- Catholic Charities

Cook County- self-sufficiency program, energy assistance- CEDA

Cook County- food bank directory- Greater Chicago Food Depository

Cook County- emergency assistance- Housing Forward

Country Club Hills- food, clothing, etc.- South Suburban Pads

Deerfield- food pantry, general assistance, transportation program, etc.- West Deerfield Township

DeKalb- food pantry- Bethlehem Lutheran Church

DeKalb- summer lunch program- First United Methodist Church

DeKalb County- food bank- Barb Food Mart

DeKalb County- clothing pantry- DeKalb Adventist Church

DeKalb County- food assistance- DeKalb County Community Gardens

DeKalb County- self-sufficiency program- Family Service Agency

DeKalb County- general assistance- Love Inc.

DeKalb County- food pantry (no residential requirements)- New Hope Missionary Baptist Church

DeKalb County- food pantry, limited financial assistance, helpline assistance- St. Vincent de Paul

DeKalb County- food & holiday assistance, general assistance- The Salvation Army

Des Plaines- food pantry- Des Plaines Food Pantry

DuPage County- workforce development- Outreach Community Ministries

Effingham- food pantry- Calvary Baptist Church

Effingham County- holiday assistance, emergency services, clothing closet, school supplies, etc.- Effingham County FISH

Effingham County- emergency assistance- The Salvation Army

Elgin- emergency assistance, financial assistance- Community Crisis Center

Elgin- daily meals- PADS of Elgin

Evanston- rent assistance, employment assistance, etc.- Connections for the Homeless

Evergreen Park- food pantry- The Village Pantry

Freeport- food pantry- Freeport Area Church Cooperative

Galesburg- food boxes, daily meals, clothing, furniture, etc.- Galesburg Rescue Mission

Hanover Park- food pantry, employment services, emergency services, etc.- Hanover Township

Harrisburg- food pantry, financial assistance- Christian Community Compassion Center

Harvey- food pantry, daily meals- Bethel Human Resources

Hinckley- food pantry- St. Paul’s Church

Hoffman Estates- food pantry, general assistance, employment services, etc.- Township of Schaumburg

Joliet- vehicle donation program- Lamb’s Fold

Joliet- multiple services from an address to school supplies- Morningstar Mission

Kane County- daily meals, rent, utility & mortgage assistance- Lazarus House

Kane County- food assistance, rent & utility assistance- The Salvation Army

Kirkland- food pantry- Kirkland Food Pantry

Lake County- food assistance, clothing, job training, etc.- Catholic Charities

Leland- food pantry- Five Loaves and Two Fish

McHenry- food assistance, hygiene, undergarments, etc.- Home of the Sparrow

Northbrook- Jewish clients, food pantry, financial assistance, etc.- The Ark

Oak Park- job training, family support- New Moms

Oak Park- food assistance, social services- Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry

Palatine- showers, laundry, haircuts, food pantry, daily meals, transportation assistance, mail, etc.- Journeys

Peoria- clothing, household items, etc.- Dream Center

Quincy- food pantry, general assistance, utility assistance, rent assistance, vouchers, etc.- The Salvation Army

Rockford- household items, employment assistance, etc.- Rockford MELD

Rockford- daily meals, clothing, household items, furniture, etc.- Rockford Rescue Mission

Rockford- daily meals, clothing, showers, etc.- The Carpenter’s Place

Rock Island- daily meals- Christian Care

St. Charles- food program, rent & utility assistance- Lazarus House

Sandwich (no residential requirement)- food pantry, personal hygiene- The Store at Harvest Chapel

Shumway- food & clothing pantry, daily meals- Enduring Freedom Ministries

Skokie- general assistance- Niles Township Government

Somonauk- food pantry- St. John’s Lutheran Church

South Elgin- food pantry- South Elgin Food Pantry

South Holland- rent & utility assistance- The Link & Option Center

Springfield- rental assistance, food pantry, school supplies, clothing, household items, transportation assistance, etc.- Contact Ministries

Summit- food pantry- St. Blase Church

Sycamore- food pantry- Salem Lutheran Church

Sycamore- food pantry- Spartan Food Pantry

Sycamore- food pantry- Sycamore United Methodist Church

Tazewell County- food, clothing, rent & utility assistance, transportation assistance, etc.- Pekin Salvation Army

Tinley Park- food, clothing, & transportation assistance- Together We Cope

Urbana- general assistance grants- City of Urbana

Wheaton- showers, laundry, daily meals, mail, etc.- DuPage Pads

Support Groups

ATTENTION
All support groups listed are aimed to provide support in parenting. National organizations may provide local chapter listings.

National

National- CoAbode

National- La Leche League International

National- Meetup

National- Moms Club International

National- MOPS

National- pregnancy and post partum- My Red Tent

National- Parents Without Partners

National- Peanut

National- Postpartum Support International

National- support group directory- Psychology Today

National- Single and Parenting

National- Single Mom

National- The Life of a Single Mom

Statewide

Regional

County/City

Aurora- Mutual Ground

Chicago- Sheldon Heights Church of Christ

Chicago- United Church of Rogers Park

Elgin- Community Crisis Center

Granite City- Good Samaritan House

Rockford (for men and women)- Rockford MELD

Rockford- The Carpenter’s Place

Wheaton- DuPage Pads

Wheaton- Family Shelter Service

I Don’t See My City

Don’t worry. There are resource links added to the website every day and it’s possible that your area has not been researched yet. If the administrator is not currently working on other projects, your city can be made a priority. Please contact the page here.

Putative Father Registry

Register Here

Father’s Rights Support- Sky is the Limit Foundation

Putative Father Registry explained here.

Adoption Law/Revocation

ATTENTION
This page does not provide legal services or advice. Adoption law and revocation is listed as a courtesy. The page attempts to link to the latest adoption codes in the respective state. Laws can change. Verify your adoption laws and revocation timeframes before signing termination of your parental rights.

No consent or surrender shall be signed within the 72 hour period immediately following the birth of the child.

A consent or a surrender signed not less than 72 hours after the birth of the child is irrevocable except as provided in Section 11 of this Act.

End An Adoption Plan

If you are looking for help in severing your relationship with an adoption facilitator, revoking your legal consent to an adoption, or learning more about the adoption process and long-term effects, please contact Saving Our Sisters

Pay It Forward

If you have been a recipient of help, you know firsthand how essential volunteers and/or donations were to your success. Please consider volunteering for or donating to any of the vital organizations on this page.

Recommend a Service

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*This page does not provide legal advice

*Verified 2/20