As a nurse, I need to have at least a mental list of all kinds of community resources. In our area there is a program through Lutheran Family Services to help young and/or single moms to get the items they need for their babies. They earn credits by attending classes. I guess it could be kind of demeaning, but they can get a lot of help if they just show up. Then there's food pantries, WIC, food assistance, childcare assistance, Medicaid, the usual.
I'm just wondering if you were to meet a young (or older) woman in your area who had decided to keep her baby but needed some help, would you be able to tell her where to start?
Our county hospital has a teen health clinic. Volunteers do not discuss options concerning pregnancy.When the teens get to us they have decided to raise their child..We offer classes in both the actual physical care of babies and providing a loving environment for the baby.We have resources and some offices located at the hospital.WIC & Care Card med help.We look for support for the moms to finish high school preferably then a GED.We also help look for funding for one of several community colleges that offer skilled labor training certification to an associate and for a few on to 4 yr degree.We preach BC,.The girls that attend get bags and baby gear.The ones that continue to come to monthly support meetings are offered preg. and std tests.Those that aren't get make up donated by stores and companies.The girls that attend regularly seldom have more babies till much older.The info we give out is prepped by the med school
Answer by drfink at 11:17 PM on Jul. 5, 2010
We have a pregnancy center in our town, and since our town is so small the doctors really go out of their way to help people. The pregnancy center has classes for parents, ways to earn credits for things like baby toys,clothing, food, they offer therapy and a ton of other programs even stuff for new fathers.
Answer by MiddletonFamily at 5:28 PM on Jul. 6, 2010
Answer by momthruivf at 10:13 PM on Jul. 5, 2010
Answer by Bellarose0212 at 5:04 AM on Jul. 6, 2010
Answer by doodlebopfan at 4:50 PM on Jul. 6, 2010
About 20 years ago the Jr.League provided start up funding and made it a placement.This is how I got involved as a placement pushing a cart on the maternity ward with a sign that said 'A tisket ,a tasket a condom or a casket' full of info and gifts.It has grown beyond all the hopes at the time.
Answer by drfink at 11:26 PM on Jul. 5, 2010
Answer by Bellarose0212 at 5:06 AM on Jul. 6, 2010
I would and have been able to help a pregnant woman who needed help. I work for a fantastic agency called Family Enrichment Network which houses many, many programs to help families in general and some for pregant woman and their children specifically. We offer counseling, early head start programs, which are for pregnant woman and infants through toddler age children, head start programs, food programs, a wheels for work program that helps people find and pay for a vehicle, a kinship care program, a day care center on site, financial planning, GED classes, a program for at risk youth and their families and many many others, including my program which helps day care providers with training and grants and support. I feel very blessed to work for an agency that benefits their community so much.
Answer by Luuckymommy at 11:47 AM on Jul. 7, 2010