This private group is for the local members of the National Single Mothers by Choice organization. Membership will be confirmed with the national forum prior to approving your request to join. For those who are already national members, I will need either your forum username or your full name in order to approve your request to join this Meetup. You must join the national forum for at least one year. For those who are not yet national members, please go to www.singlemothersbychoice.org to learn more and join. There are several membership levels available and there is no additional cost to join the local chapter.
The cost of the meetup tool to cover administrative costs is $6 per person per year. We have a private FB page as well.
Single Mothers by Choice (www.singlemothersbychoice.org) provides support and information to single women who are considering, or have chosen, single motherhood. We network with each other and share information about conceiving with a donor, pursuing adoption as a single parent and the unique aspects of being mom and kid(s) families.
The national group provides a private, online network of support as well as advocates for women who have chosen to become parents without partners. The role of our local chapter is provide opportunities for local members to meet in person to develop friendships and support.
FROM THE ADMINS—PLEASE READ: We want the Chicago SMC Group to be a safe and supportive group. Here are some rules and guidelines we are putting in place, effective immediately. These rules apply to the overall group and use of social media, including both our Facebook and Meetup groups.
If you agree to host the general monthly SMC gathering, you must open your gathering to all SMC types regardless of age of children, number of children or how the family was created. You can also create a smaller gathering such as adopters or thinkers/tryers. It is allowable to put a limit to the size of the gathering based on the size of the home or facility. If you attend a gathering at someone’s home and she requests people pitch in, ask the host what she’d like you to bring or offer to bring something. If you can’t bring something or forget to bring something, offer $10 to the hostess. Our hosts are making a valuable contribution to the group, and we expect attendees to help in some way. Use respectful and positive language. We want to support each other no matter what phase we’re in the SMC process. Constructive debate is okay. Name calling, personal attacks, put downs or negative innuendo, will result in IMMEDIATE dismissal from the Facebook group and the Meetup group. Use your words to find a better way to respond or don't respond at all. Debates that go off on tangents WILL BE DELETED and those involved risk being removed from the group. If you feel you or someone else has gotten attacked unfairly, do not respond on the boards, please PM Joan Fortman or Leslie Cummings and let us deal with it. Engaging fans the flames. This is a closed group. Posts, photos and comments inside this group are NOT to be shared outside of this group. Group administrators reserve the right to delete any post they feel is in violation of these guidelines and/or block members who do not adhere to the guidelines