Family Stories


Photograph of 2023 Grantee in pumpkin patch

I can’t express enough gratitude for this opportunity. Like everyone else here, life has taken me down a different path than what I expected and planned. The Chicago Coalition for Family Building is giving people like me the opportunity to prepare themselves to be single parents by choice while giving me the time to prepare financially, emotionally, physically and continue to build my support network.

My journey has taken me from thinking that I was going to live a traditional life to learning to value being single over being with an unhealthy partner. I’ve spent the last two years cherishing and cultivating healthy relationships, identifying resources and redrawing my blueprint not only for myself but whatever family I get to shape going forward.

Julia is the recipient of a donated IVF cycle from our Partner Practice, Reproductive Medicine Institute.