Single parenting is not an easy choice to make. You may have days you think you cannot possibly make it. Even though we're glad you chose life, we want to make sure you are not putting yourself into a stressful situation. It is important for you and your child’s wellbeing to learn about all of your options! Our pregnancy center is equipped to assist you in discovering all the support services that exist in your area. Our team of compassionate staff desire to support you throughout your pregnancy and afterwards.
We can help you with most of your questions about single parenting:
What if I can't afford to live on my own, what else can I do?
We can help you explore housing options before you deliver. There are many safe and affordable places in your area. Because most single parents need to work, you will need to consider childcare options.
- Living with a friend or relative
- Staying in a group home for single mothers
- Living with your parents or the birthfather's parents
- Finding an apartment in public, subsidized housing
Can anyone help me with baby items, maternity clothes, etc.?
Our pregnancy care center provides many material resources for you and your baby. We can help you with maternity and baby clothing, baby furnishings, practical baby needs and, parenting classes, etc.
How do I get support from the father?
The father's legal responsibilities include providing financial support for your child. Most states have a child support enforcement agency that will withhold money from his paycheck if he is unwilling to pay. If the father is unable to provide child support, you need to plan how you will care for your baby without him. A birthfather's support record may influence court decisions about custody and visitation rights.
In some states, the father's name is not even put on the birth certificate unless you request it. If he has signed a notarized paternity affidavit, he may have legal rights, including visitation and the right to deny or consent to medical decisions for your child. You and the father should discuss your individual rights and responsibilities. A child's needs are best met when you and the father work together.
I don't want to be a mother on welfare. Can I get job training?
We can help you discover programs that best fit your employment needs. If you are receiving assistance, you may be eligible for programs that help with job training, tuition, and childcare. We'd be happy to help you discover all the services that can support your job-related educational needs.
Can I still choose adoption later if parenting doesn't work out?
If single parenting becomes too difficult and you are contemplating adoption, it is still an option. It takes courage to realize that by yourself you cannot provide all that your child needs. But separating from a child with whom you have bonded can be difficult. We will provide the initial support and guidance as you explore this option and help connect you with several adoption agencies in your area that can help you.
I'm not sure I will be a good parent…
Parenting can be a struggle at any age no matter what the circumstances. Our center offers basic infant care to help you in the initial stages of parenthood. In addition, we have resources and assistance in all aspects of parenting. We want to partner with you in helping you be the best parent possible.