College of Saint Mary (NE)Omaha, nebraska 68106

Pregnant? Parenting? You are not alone. There are resources on campus and in the community to support you as you seek your college degree.

General

Contact Information

Mothers Living and Learning
http://www.csm.edu/student-life/single-parent-success/mothers-living-learning
College of Saint Mary is home to one of the most renowned and progressive college programs for single mothers. Mothers Living & Learning makes it possible for single mothers to earn their degrees while living on campus with children ages six weeks to 10. Mothers Living & Learning resident students have access to all of the resources and opportunities on our campus plus our special Single Parent Success program.

The program includes:

  • Support of advisors, faculty and staff who want you to succeed, including our director of single parent success.
  • NEW, suite-style living in Madonna Hall — complete with community lounges, kitchens and FREE laundry services.
  • Special courses and workshops designed to enhance your living and learning experience, provide parenting strategies and give you the tools to assist you in setting and reaching goals that are important to you.
  • Leadership opportunities through our Student Leadership and Organizations Office.
  • A student group just for M.O.M.S. (Many Opportunities for Mothering Solo).
  • The Spellman Child Development Center available conveniently on our campus!
Class Options

Mothers Living and Learning
http://www.csm.edu/student-life/single-parent-success/mothers-living-learning
College of Saint Mary is home to one of the most renowned and progressive college programs for single mothers. Mothers Living & Learning makes it possible for single mothers to earn their degrees while living on campus with children ages six weeks to 10. Mothers Living & Learning resident students have access to all of the resources and opportunities on our campus plus our special Single Parent Success program.

The program includes:

  • Support of advisors, faculty and staff who want you to succeed, including our director of single parent success.
  • NEW, suite-style living in Madonna Hall — complete with community lounges, kitchens and FREE laundry services.
  • Special courses and workshops designed to enhance your living and learning experience, provide parenting strategies and give you the tools to assist you in setting and reaching goals that are important to you.
  • Leadership opportunities through our Student Leadership and Organizations Office.
  • A student group just for M.O.M.S. (Many Opportunities for Mothering Solo).
  • The Spellman Child Development Center available conveniently on our campus!
Peer-to-Peer Support

Mothers Living and Learning
http://www.csm.edu/student-life/single-parent-success/mothers-living-learning
College of Saint Mary is home to one of the most renowned and progressive college programs for single mothers. Mothers Living & Learning makes it possible for single mothers to earn their degrees while living on campus with children ages six weeks to 10. Mothers Living & Learning resident students have access to all of the resources and opportunities on our campus plus our special Single Parent Success program.

The program includes:

  • Support of advisors, faculty and staff who want you to succeed, including our director of single parent success.
  • NEW, suite-style living in Madonna Hall — complete with community lounges, kitchens and FREE laundry services.
  • Special courses and workshops designed to enhance your living and learning experience, provide parenting strategies and give you the tools to assist you in setting and reaching goals that are important to you.
  • Leadership opportunities through our Student Leadership and Organizations Office.
  • A student group just for M.O.M.S. (Many Opportunities for Mothering Solo).
  • The Spellman Child Development Center available conveniently on our campus!

Housing

Housing On Campus

Madonna Hall
Home to College of Saint Mary’s Mothers Living & Learning Program
http://www.csm.edu/student-life/campus-living/residence-halls/madonna-hall

Mothers Living & Learning is a unique opportunity for single mothers to pursue college degrees full time while living on campus with their children. Madonna Hall offers suite-style shared living that features four bedrooms, a private bathroom, refrigerators and sinks.

There are kitchens, dining areas and FREE laundry facilities on every floor. There are also lounges for activities and study areas that include TVs and child-size play structures.

Madonna Hall is all wireless, so you can study and be social everywhere you go! This hall also has access to a reflection room for spiritual growth gatherings and a variety of meeting and conference space.

The ground floor is home to the Living and Learning Center. In addition to providing access to drink, snack and ice machines, this area houses a print station, child-sized tables and chairs and puzzles and books for children.

There is security on campus 24/7, and you have access to Madonna Hall via a keycard.

Clothing/Food Assistance

Maternity Clothes and Baby Items

Being a parent and a student is tough on the bills! Finding places and people to help support your family’s material needs will help ease that burden. For material assistance (such as maternity clothes, baby items, etc), please contact the following organizations.

Women’s Care Center of the Heartland
2301 S. 15 Street, Omaha NE 68108
Phone: 402-502-9224
Hours: 24/7 Hotline Available
Services: Material Aid, Adoption Support, Maternity Home, Parenting Classes, Parenting Support, Mentoring

Essential Pregnancy Services
http://www.essentialps.org

  • 6220 Maple Street, Omaha NE 68104
    Phone: 402-554-1000
    Hours: MWF 10a-3p; T 5p-7p; Th 9:30a-12p; 1st & 2nd Saturdays of month 9:30a – 12p
    Services: Options Information, Ultrasound, Pre-natal Care, Material Aid, After Abortion Support, Community Referrals, Men’s Program, Parenting Classes, Prenatal Classes, STD/STI Information, STD Testing
  • 3029 N 93rd Street, Omaha NE 68132
    Phone: 402-554-1000
    Hours: M 9a-3p; TW 11a-3p; Th 8a-2p; F 9a-1p
    Services: Options Information, Ultrasound, STD/STI Information
  • 908 W. Mission Avenue, Bellevue NE 68005
    Phone: 402-554-1000
    Hours: M-Sat 8a-5p
    Services: Options Information, Ultrasound, STD/STI Screening, Material Aid, Parenting Classes, Men’s Program

Benson Center
6220 Maple Street, Omaha, NE 68104
Office: 402-554-0121

Bellevue Center
908 W Mission Avenue, Bellevue, NE 68005
Phone: 402-933-2988

Maple Village Center
3029 N 93rd Street Omaha, NE 68134
Phone: 402-763-8768

Goodwill
The Goodwill and other thrift stores offer low priced items. You can find clothing, houseware, and other miscellaneous supplies. To locate a Goodwill store near you, go to http://www.goodwill.org/locator/.

  • 501 South 13th Street, Omaha, NE 68102
    402-342-4102
  • 4805 North 72nd Street, Omaha, NE 68134
    402-231-1966
  • 201 North 78th Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68134
    402-393-2800
  • 4801 Q Street, Omaha, NE 68117
  • 4115 South 72nd Street, Omaha, NE 68127
    402-731-4888

Local Churches and Religious Communities
Local churches often have outreaches and ministries that serve their community. Contact the religious organizations in your area, and inquire about programs that may provide material support.

Assistance With Food

Local food banks include:

  • Together Inc.
    812 S 24 Street Omaha, NE 68108
    Phone: (402) 345-8047
  • Heart Ministry Center
    2222 Binney Street Omaha, NE 68110
    Phone: (402) 451-2321

WIC (Women, Infants and Children)
The Purpose of WIC is to insure that women and their children are eating nutritious foods that their body needs. WIC provides eligible applicants with checks to purchase designated healthy foods from local grocery stores. They also provide help with breastfeeding including free breast pumps and formula. Contact your local office by calling their toll-free number found here: http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/toll-free-numbers-wic-state-agencies. Learn more about WIC benefits here: http://wic.fns.usda.gov/wps/pages/start.jsf. For help in Nebraska, please call 1-800-942-1171.

  • Local WIC Office: 1111 South 41st Street Omaha, NE 68105 (East of 42nd Street on Pacific Street)
    Phone: (402) 444-1770
    Offers more than 12 clinics in the metro Omaha area, including Bellevue and Papillion. Not all of them are open every day. Call this number to find a WIC office that will work for you.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps
If eligible, the SNAP program will help pay your grocery bill so that you and your child can eat well while you attend school. To .be eligible, students must be a single parent who has a child under age of 6 in the home. The applicant may not have over 2,000 in cash or bank account assets. Student loans do not count as assets. To apply for SNAP, find your local office here: http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/outreach/map.htm. For help in Nebraska, please go to http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/outreach/states/nebraska.htm, or call 1-800-383-4278.

  • Greater Omaha Community Action
    2406 Fowler Ave. Omaha, NE 68111
    Contact: Alex Gray
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: (402) 453-5656

Food Pantries.org
FoodPantries.org provides a full list of local food pantries. For a listing of Nebraska food pantries, see here: http://www.foodpantries.org/st/nebraska

Feeding America
Feeding America is committed to helping end the fight against hunger. For a listing of food banks in Nebraska, please go to: http://feedingamerica.org/foodbank-results.aspx?state=NE

Child Care

National Resources

If you qualify as a “low income family:”

Early Head Start
Early Head Start is a child development program for low-income families. Each Early Head Start program is responsible for determining its’ own eligibility criteria. Family income is one key factor in determining eligibility. The federal poverty guidelines (http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/) are used to evaluate family income. Early Head Start programs may elect to target their services to a particular population to best meet the unique needs of families and children in their community. Please contact the EHS program in your area (http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/HeadStartOffices) for specific information about how to enroll in your local Early Head Start.

Head Start
The Head Start Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), provides grants to local private, nonprofit and public agencies to provide child care services to low-income families. Local Head Start programs are authorized to accept a certain percentage of children whose family incomes are above the poverty level and, under certain conditions, pregnant women. HHS provides on its website a Head Start Program Locator Tool.

Child Care and Development Fund
The Child Care and Development Fund, a program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides child care grants each year to state, tribal, and U.S. territory governments to assist low-income families. The program uses vouchers and provider contracts to provide subsidized child care to eligible families, which include parents and the primary caregivers of children 12 years of age and under, or disabled persons under 19 years of age. Eligible applicants are employed, enrolled in a job training or education program, or are under court supervision directives that require child care. HHS provides state and tribal contacts on its website. Local departments of social services can also provide information about the program.

 

Local University Care

Spellman Child Development Center
http://www.csm.edu/student-life/single-parent-success/spellman-child-development-center
There are more than a few reasons we offer a leading-edge child development center right on our campus. It serves as a robust resource for our students with children, for families in the community and as an excellent training ground for our education majors. Children ages six weeks to six years attend Spellman Child Development Center staffed by the experts from Child Saving Institute.

Other Tips for Affordable Childcare

ChildcareCenter.us
http://childcarecenter.us/
The Child Care Center website is the largest directory for childcare services in the nation, with over 250,000 childcare centers, home daycare providers, nannies, and babysitters to give you the best choices possible for your child’s care. Use this resources to identify available providers in your state.

Care.com
https://www.care.com
Care.com is the world’s largest online destination for care. We connect families with great caregivers and caring companies to help you be there for the ones you love. Care.com provides a database for caregivers (e.g. babysitters, nannies, daycare centers). On this website, parents can post the job (including descriptions of your needs for child care, age of your child, any special requirements). You can also search for caregivers in your area and review the profiles of potential caregivers.

Local Church Affiliations: Another great option is to approach your local church about after school care or extended daycare hours. Usually, they will offer church members free care or very cheap assistance. Most of the time these pre-schools and daycare have much less strict requirements than a Government Daycare Assistance program. This is a great alternative to finding a home daycare or after school program that can end up costing upwards of $150 a week.

In-home childcare can be a cheaper option, as well as scheduling your classes in blocks. So you may only have two to three blocks a week that you need childcare.

Meet-up Groups: Also, look into Meet-up Groups (meetup.com) and look for categories including parenting, babysitting co-ops, and childcare.

Child Support

According to the Federal Government, every child is entitled to receive financial assistance from both parents. It is important to secure this as soon as possible after giving birth.

Here are what steps need to be taken:
1. The baby’s father calls your state’s child support department to receive information on how to acknowledge paternity. Typically, the father will have to attain a paternity affidavit or by way of court order in order to gain parental rights and responsibilities.
2. You and the baby’s father will then visit your state’s child support department: Nebraska Child Support Enforcement

Nebraska Child Suport Enforcement
http://dhhs.ne.gov/children_family_services/CSE/Pages/CSEHome.aspx
Services offered: http://dhhs.ne.gov/children_family_services/CSE/Pages/ServicesOffered.aspx
Nebraska Child Support Customer Service Center: 1-877-631-9973

For more information, contact: Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Child Support Enforcement
P.O. Box 94728
Lincoln, NE 68509-4728
Phone: 402-441-8715

SupportKids
SupportKids is the largest private child support collection company in the country offering custodial parents an alternative to government agencies. For more information, please go to http://www.supportkids.com, or call (800) 691-KIDS.

Insurance

Insurance For Your Child

CHIP (Child’s Health Insurance Program)
This program provides free or low cost health insurance for children up to age 19. This insurance covers doctor visits, immunizations, hospitalizations and emergency room visits. The income limit changes yearly and currently a family’s gross income must be below 200 percent federal poverty level (FPL) for the children to get CHIP coverage. Generally, a family’s gross income must be below 133 percent FPL for children age one to five years to get Medicaid. Find more information and apply at www.chipmedicaid.org.

Financing Your Education

Government Grants

Academic Competitiveness Grant: Academic Competitiveness Grant
http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/AcademicGrants.jsp?tab=funding
The federal government also offers students with the opportunity to obtain needed college funds through the Academic Competitiveness Grant, or ACG. This grant may be used in conjunction with Pell Grants. Unlike Pell Grants, however, the ACG is performance-based. It is designed for those who are enrolled in the first or second year of their college education. Application is open to all students who submit a Free Application for Financial Student Aid.

Federal Pell Grant
www.fafsa.ed.gov
Pell Grants are available to all college students who can demonstrate financial need, including single mothers and pregnant mothers. This is a need-based program offered through the federal government, so it is best suited for low-income individuals. The Federal Pell Grant can be extremely useful to finance study material cost and the tuition fees of university. Reward amounts may be as high as $5,000 per semester for those who qualify. Applications can be conducted online by completing the Free Application for Financial Student Aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Students should research application deadlines to ensure that funds are received for the upcoming semester as needed.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/FSEOG.jsp?tab=funding
This is another grant offered by the federal government. It is a need-based grant like Pell Grants, and it is designed to be used as a supplemental financing option in conjunction with Pell Grants. As with the previous two federal grants, interested candidates can complete the Free Application for Financial Student Aid to be considered for this program.

Private Foundations

 

Women’s Opportunity Awards
http://www.soroptimist.org/awards/awards.html
Soroptomist International has the Women’s Opportunity Awards are given to women who serve as the primary head of their household, so basically single moms. Depending on the woman’s financial need and the cost of tuition at her chosen school, this award could pay for a mom’s entire college education.

R.O.S.E. Scholarship
www.rosefund.org
The letters in the R.O.S.E. Scholarship stand for Regaining One’s Self Esteem, and the R.O.S.E. Scholarship is awarded to women who are survivors of domestic violence and abuse. This award gives financial assistance to survivors of abuse planning to attend any four-year college in the New England area. In order to be eligible for a R.O.S.E. Scholarship, women must have already attended one full year of undergraduate studies at a college in New England, and is interviewed by the scholarship committee to establish need. The R.O.S.E. fund does much more than pay scholarships; the fund also helps women pay for reconstructive surgery after incidences of abuse and even find work and lodging after leaving an abusive relationship. Though not aimed specifically at moms, many mothers qualify for financial aid money from the R.O.S.E. Foundation.

Jeanette Rankin Foundation
www.rankinfoundation.org
Jeannette Rankin Foundation hands out scholarships to women age 35 or older who show an interest in higher education. During that time, 500 plus women have earned awards to attend the college of their choice through Jeanette Rankin scholarships. These offers are for women pursuing a four-year degree. The Foundation hands out about 15 scholarships a year, with the amount of the award dependent on financial need. No, Jeanette Rankin Foundation scholarships are not targeted at moms, but if you’re a mom 35 or older, you qualify to apply for a scholarship from the Jeanette Rankin Foundation.

The Sister Fund
www.sisterfund.org
The Sister Fund is a private group that depends on donations from philanthropists to “provide financial support and give a voice to women working for justice from a religious framework,” according to the website. The Sister Fund’s scholarships for moms are called “Healers of Our Time” scholarships, and the awards are given to women who present progressive religious values. Applications for Healers of Our Time scholarships depend mostly on essays and letters of recommendation, allowing women an opportunity to prove their willingness “to work for the betterment of our world socially, economically, politically, and spiritually.” The amount of the award depends on financial need and the cost of tuition at the institution the winner chooses to attend.

The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund
http://www.mmmf-grants.org/
The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund gives 20 scholarships each year to 20 women around the world who want to return to earn a college degree. The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund is sponsored and run by the World Bank, and awards educational grants to women from North America as well as some developing countries around the world. To earn these awards, a woman has to plan to pursue graduate studies that benefit women and children’s health worldwide. That means the main criteria is an essay and phone interview to establish a woman’s commitment to improving the lives of underprivileged women and children. These awards are worth $12,000 a year toward college costs, and are renewable for four years.

SWE Scholarship
www.swe.org
Women who are enrolled in a program focused on computer science, engineering or engineering technology may consider applying for an SWE scholarship. There are several different scholarships and grants awarded each summer to prospective students who are either sophomore, junior, senior, or grad students in an accredited program. The financial support options include endowed scholarships, corporate-sponsored scholarships, and grants.

Emerge Scholarship Program
www.emergescholarships.org
The Emerge Scholarship program has been helping women pay for a college education since 2001. The program is designed to help women who have already had significant real-life experiences such as stay-at-home mothers, women who are considering switching careers, those who graduated from high school years ago and did not have the opportunity to attend or finish college earlier in life, or who otherwise are non-traditional students. These scholarships are generally not awarded to those who already have received financial aid, and funds can only be applied toward tuition and fees rather than supplementing living-related expenses.

Patsy Takemoto Mink Scholarship for Low-Income Women
www.patsyminkfoundation.org
This scholarship program was founded in 2003 by Congresswoman Patsy Takemoto Mink. Throughout her career, Congresswoman Mink has worked to promote education and support resources available for low-income women and their children. Her foundation provides financial assistance to low-income women enrolled in a higher education program or a specialized training program. The number of awards and the amount of the awards will vary from year to year. In 2012, five scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each will be awarded.

Sister Thea Bowman Foundation
http://www.cermusa.francis.edu/sistertheabowmanfoundation/
The Sister Thea Bowman Foundation is an example of a group dedicated to a specific cause; providing funds for single African-American mothers to attend the College of St. Mary. That college, located in Omaha, Nebraska, works closely with the Sister Thea Bowman Foundation to hand out plenty of scholarships to young black single moms who want to better themselves. You can find similar organizations at colleges all over the country.

Scholarships For Moms
www.scholarships4moms.com
Scholarships for Moms is a scholarship program that is available to single or married women who are mothers or who are pregnant. Essentially, any college student or prospective college student who is a mother may apply. The program will award up to $10,000 in money to be used for higher education costs to the recipient of the scholarship. The scholarship application can also be completed online at the above website.

P.E.O. Sisterhood
www.peointernational.org
P.E. O. Sisterhood has been providing women with the financial assistance they need to attend college and improve their lives. Scholarships are mostly awarded to mothers. In addition to scholarships, the organization also helps mothers fund their college education through grants and loans. In total, this organization has provided over 77,000 women with financial assistance, and this assistance has totaled over $200 million dollars over the past 150 years.

Women’s Independence Scholarship Program (otherwise known as WISP)
www.wispinc.org
WISP is designed to help women obtain the money they need to attend college and earn a higher education degree. The program is suited for survivors of domestic abuse from an intimate partner such as a spouse or a boyfriend. The program prefers to award scholarship funds to those enrolled state community colleges, state colleges or universities, and technical or vocational schools. Those enrolled in other programs may also apply. The application for the WISP fund as well as more information about this program may be found online.

United Negro College Fund
www.uncf.org
The UNCF is designed to help African Americans, including mothers and expectant mothers of African American descent, obtain funds needed to attend college and work toward a higher education degree. Some scholarships are sponsored by specific corporations including Intel, Google, and others. More information about the different scholarship programs available can be found on the UNCF website at the UNCF website.

American Association of University Women
www.aauw.org
AAUW offers scholarships, grants, financial awards, and fellowship opportunities to women across the country. The organization aims to promote equal education for all women, so it is a great resource for funding higher education endeavors made by women with children or who are currently pregnant.

Talbots Women’s Scholarship Fund
www.talbots.com/scholarship
Talbots Women’s Scholarship Fund is provided annually through Talbots Charitable Foundation. Only the first 1,000 applications are considered each year. Of these 1,000 applicants, five scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $10,000 and fifty scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $1,000. These scholarships are designed for non-traditional female students. Only applicants who graduated high school or earned a GED at least ten years prior to the application date are considered.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
www.hsf.net
The HSF awards up to $15,000 in free scholarships for Hispanics attending or who plan to attend, two or four year colleges and universities. The average award is $2,500 for those attending 4 year universities and $1,500 for two year community colleges.

Denny’s Single Parent Student Scholarship
http://www.dennyshungryforeducation.com/

Denny’s Single Parent Scholarship gives $ 500 to 1500 to single parent students. Applicants must be of Hispanic origin, have a 3.0 or above GPA and must demonstrate financial need.

Lifetime Adoption Foundation
They offer educational scholarships in deep appreciation to birthmothers who have chosen adoption for their children. They have enabled others to experience the joy of becoming parents and created futures, not only for those families, but also for their children, for a lifetime.

 

State-Specific Scholarships

There are several scholarships in Nebraska that are available for pregnant or parenting students. To learn about other scholarship opportunities, contact the financial aid office (or business office) at your local college or university, and ask about any scholarships for single parents. Go online to search for more scholarship offers for pregnant students and single parents.

Adoption

Adoption Resources

Making the decision to place your child in a loving home is a difficult and courageous choice. We support you in whatever decision you make to give you and your child the best future. As you think about your options, we encourage you to contact an adoption agency. The following is a list of licensed adoption agencies in Nebraska. This list was retrieved from AdoptionServices.org: http://www.adoptionservices.org/domestic_adoption_agencies/adoption_agencies_nebraska.htm

Adoption Links Worldwide (ALW)
5017 Leavenworth Street, Omaha, NE 68106
Phone: (402) 556-2367
Fax: (402) 556-2401
Toll-Free: (800) 66-CHILD

Bethany Christian Services
https://www.bethany.org/omaha
831 Pine Street, Omaha NE 68108
Phone: 402-449-2898
Hours: M-F 8a-5p
Services: 24 Hour Hotline: 1-800-BETHANY, Options Information, Adoption Services, Adoption Support

Catholic Charities
3300 North 60th Street, Omaha, NE 68104
Phone: (402) 554-0520

Child Saving Institute
115 South 46th Street, Omaha, NE 68132
Phone: (402) 553-6000
Fax: (402) 553-2428
Toll-Free: (888) 588-6003

Holt International
Omaha, Nebraska
Phone: (402) 661-7100

More Information on Adoption

Help with the Adoption Process

National Council for Adoption
www.adoptioncouncil.org/
The National Council for Adoption provides a wide variety of information and resources for birthparents as well as prospective adoptive parents. On their main website, you will find legislation, research, training, upcoming events, and more. On their iChooseAdoption site, you can learn about adoption, watch testimonial videos, read stories, find a nearby adoption agency, and more. To contact NCFA, call (703) 299-6633, or email [email protected].

Catholic Charities
http://catholiccharitiesusa.org/
Catholic Charities provide options counseling, adoption placement services including: foster care, international adoption, special needs adoption and interstate adoption. They also provide post adoption services as well as search and reunion services. Call Catholic Charities: (703)549-1390

AdoptUsKids
http://adoptuskids.org
AdoptUs Kids raises public awareness about the need for foster and adoptive families for children in public child welfare system. Recruit foster and adoptive families and connect them with children. Call AdoptUsKids: (888)200-4005

Bethany Christian Services
http://bethany.org
The nation’s largest adoption & foster care agency that cares for women facing unplanned pregnancies and orphans living on 5 continents. Call Bethany Christian Services: (800) BETHANY, or fill out the online contact form:https://www.bethany.org/main/contact-us.

Lifetime Adoption
www.lifetimeadoption.com
Lifetime Adoption assists African American couples wanting to adopt and birth mothers seeking African-American families. Call Lifetime Adoption: (800)923-6783

Faithful Adoption Consultants
http://www.faithfuladoptionconsultants.com/
Faithful Adoption Consultants provides one of the most extensive and up-to-date lists of financial grant and loan information. Jessica, Laura, and Courtney assist parents through their adoption process and provide helpful answers to your adoption questions. Email the FAC team at [email protected], or call (678)559-2164.

Adoption-Share
If you are faced with an unintended pregnancy and are interested in knowing more about adoption, in a confidential, non-obligatory forum, we encourage you to join www.adoption-share.com today. As an anonymous member, you can gather adoption information without formal commitment, research families that want to adopt, and find out if this is the right option for you. For a more in-depth inquiry, “friend” an agency on our network and have your questions answered. Email your questions to [email protected]

Private Grant Programs

Lifesong for Orphans
http://lifesongfororphans.org
Lifesong’s mission is to bring joy and purpose to orphans. Lifesong for Orphans helps establish much needed adoption funds at churches, and this organization provides adoption grants and interest free loans to prospective adoptive parents. Go online to lifesongfororphans.org, or call (309) 747-3556 for more information.

Gift of Adoption Fund
http://www.giftofadoption.org/
Every year, Gift of Adoption Fund assists over 600 hopeful parents who are qualified to adopt but need the last bit of financial resources required to complete an adoption. The Gift of Adoption Fund has granted over $3,900,000 to help change the lives of more than 1,300 children in need of families. For more information on financial assistance grants, please call toll-free (877) 905-2367, or email [email protected]

Brittany’s Hope
http://www.brittanyshope.org/seedling/
Brittany’s Hope supports adoptions of special needs, older and sibling children by providing financial grants for special waiting children. Please call (717)367-9614, or email [email protected] for more information.

Other organizations that can assist you with your financial concerns include:

  • Adoption Tax Credit: Information on federal tax credits and subsidies.
  • Affording Adoption: Information on adoption grant and loan programs.
  • AdoptUSKids: A nationally coordinated listing of children in foster care that are awaiting adoption.

 

Counseling

Pregnancy Options

Pregnant? You are not alone. There are several pregnancy resource centers in your area. For confidential support and counseling to help you in your pregnancy decisions, please contact:

Women’s Care Center of the Heartland
2301 S. 15 Street, Omaha NE 68108
Phone: 402-502-9224
Hours: 24/7 Hotline Available
Services: Material Aid, Adoption Support, Maternity Home, Parenting Classes, Parenting Support, Mentoring

Essential Pregnancy Services
http://www.essentialps.org

  • 6220 Maple Street, Omaha NE 68104
    Phone: 402-554-1000
    Hours: MWF 10a-3p; T 5p-7p; Th 9:30a-12p; 1st & 2nd Saturdays of month 9:30a – 12p
    Services: Options Information, Ultrasound, Pre-natal Care, Material Aid, After Abortion Support, Community Referrals, Men’s Program, Parenting Classes, Prenatal Classes, STD/STI Information, STD Testing
  • 3029 N 93rd Street, Omaha NE 68132
    Phone: 402-554-1000
    Hours: M 9a-3p; TW 11a-3p; Th 8a-2p; F 9a-1p
    Services: Options Information, Ultrasound, STD/STI Information
  • 908 W. Mission Avenue, Bellevue NE 68005
    Phone: 402-554-1000
    Hours: M-Sat 8a-5p
    Services: Options Information, Ultrasound, STD/STI Screening, Material Aid, Parenting Classes, Men’s Program

Catholic Charities of Omaha: Pregnancy Support Services
http://www.ccomaha.org/what-we-do/pregnancy-counseling/
Program Director: Susan Malloy, [email protected]
Phone: 402-554-0520
Outside Omaha: 1-800-403-2435
Other Catholic Charities programs: Services: Behavioral Health Services, Adoption Services, Domestic Violence Services, Early Childhood Education, Food Assistance, Family Strengthening, Immigration Legal Assistance Services, Microbusiness, Senior Services

 

Local OBGYN services

Women’s Clinic at Creighton University Medical Center
Phone: (402) 399-0299
Email: [email protected]

For more OBGYN referrals, contact Nebraska United for Life or the above listed pregnancy resource centers.

Abortion Pill Reversal

Many women who have taken the abortion pill experience regret. You are not alone. If you have changed your mind, there is help for you. Abortion Pill Reversal is a new medical procedure available to reverse the effects of the abortion pill and possibly save the life of your child. If you have taken the first dose of the abortion pill (RU-486 or Mifeprex®) and are now experiencing regret, it may not be too late. Reversal is most successful within 72 hours.

Call the 24-Hour Abortion Pill Reversal Helpline to speak to a medical professional: (877) 558-0333

Learn more about Abortion Pill Reversal at http://www.abortionpillreversal.com, or on our informational page: PregnantOnCampus.org/Abortion-Pill-Reversal/.

After Abortion

Many women (and their families) experience a range of emotions after an abortion. If you are feeling sad, confused, frustrated, or angry, please know that you are not alone. There are organizations available to offer free, confidential support as you search for healing and peace after your abortion.

Abortion Recovery
http://www.abortionrecovery.org
Email [email protected] or call (866)4MyRecovery (866-469-7326)
Abortion Recovery helps individuals and families overcome the emotional and psychological complications that are often experienced after an abortion. Recovery is often free, always confidential and is available to ANYONE affected by the loss of a child by abortion. Abortion Recovery gives you a sense of personal peace which heals internal brokenness, repairs relationships and brings back intimate friendships. Recovery gives a new beginning to life following an abortion. Call (866) 469-7326, or text (949) 378-5149.

Rachel’s Vineyard
www.rachelsvineyard.org
HOPE 4 ME (877-467-3463)
Rachel’s Vineyard weekends for healing after abortion are offered throughout the year in locations across the United States and Canada, with additional sites around the world. They also offer a 15-week support group model for Rachel’s Vineyard. Because of the emotional numbness and secrecy that often surrounds an abortion experience, conflicting emotions both during and after the event may remain unresolved. These buried feelings can surface later and may be symptoms of post abortion trauma. The program is an opportunity to examine your abortion experience, identify the ways that the loss has affected you in the past and present, and helps to acknowledge any unresolved feelings.

Project Rachel
http://hopeafterabortion.com/
(888) 456-HOPE (4673)
Project Rachel operates as a network of healing composed of specially-trained caregivers which may include priests, deacons, sisters, lay staff and volunteers, mental health professionals, spiritual directors, mentors, chaplains and others, such as medical personnel. These individuals, often working as a team, provide direct care to women, men and adolescents who have been touched by an abortion loss, enabling them to grieve, receive forgiveness, and find peace. Although most dioceses use the name Project Rachel, some programs are named differently. In addition to individualized counseling, some programs include support groups and retreats. Project Rachel programs can be found in about 150 Catholic dioceses in the United States, as well as in dioceses in other countries. Call the nationwide toll-free number (888) 456-HOPE (4673) during regular business hours (Eastern Time Zone).

Other

We understand that each person’s needs are different. Maybe you are experiencing troubles beyond your pregnancy. If you need emotional help or an escape from a bad relationship, please know that there is help available for you!

Postpartum Support International
http://www.postpartum.net/
Phone: 1-800-944-4773
Email for Support & Resources: [email protected]
Online Support Groups: http://www.postpartum.net/psi-online-support-meetings/
Find Local Support: http://www.postpartum.net/get-help/locations/united-states/
Postpartum Support International offers information and resources for women suffering from postpartum depression, anxiety, and psychosis.

Postpartum Progress
http://www.postpartumprogress.com/ppd-support-groups-in-the-u-s-canada
Email: [email protected]
Postpartum Progress provides a listing of postpartum depression support groups in the United States and Canada.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
Suicidal thoughts or feelings are sometimes experienced by women who have had an abortion. If this is happening to you, please get help immediately. We want you to know that there is hope for you, and that we care very much. For immediate intervention, contact National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800)-273-8255.

National Domestic Violence
1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)
National Domestic Violence provides anonymous and confidential help 24/7. Their website is http://www.thehotline.org/.

RAINN
https://www.rainn.org/
National Sexual Assault Hotline (Free. Confidential. 24/7.): 800-856-HOPE (4673)
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE, online.rainn.org y rainn.org/es) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.

Other Places to Look for Help

Local Non-Profit Agencies

Bethany Christian Services
https://www.bethany.org/omaha
831 Pine Street, Omaha NE 68108
Phone: 402-449-2898
Hours: M-F 8a-5p
Services: 24 Hour Hotline: 1-800-BETHANY, Options Information, Adoption Services, Adoption Support

Women’s Care Center of the Heartland
2301 S. 15 Street, Omaha NE 68108
Phone: 402-502-9224
Hours: 24/7 Hotline Available
Services: Material Aid, Adoption Support, Maternity Home, Parenting Classes, Parenting Support, Mentoring

Essential Pregnancy Services
http://www.essentialps.org

  • 6220 Maple Street, Omaha NE 68104
    Phone: 402-554-1000
    Hours: MWF 10a-3p; T 5p-7p; Th 9:30a-12p; 1st & 2nd Saturdays of month 9:30a – 12p
    Services: Options Information, Ultrasound, Pre-natal Care, Material Aid, After Abortion Support, Community Referrals, Men’s Program, Parenting Classes, Prenatal Classes, STD/STI Information, STD Testing
  • 3029 N 93rd Street, Omaha NE 68132
    Phone: 402-554-1000
    Hours: M 9a-3p; TW 11a-3p; Th 8a-2p; F 9a-1p
    Services: Options Information, Ultrasound, STD/STI Information
  • 908 W. Mission Avenue, Bellevue NE 68005
    Phone: 402-554-1000
    Hours: M-Sat 8a-5p
    Services: Options Information, Ultrasound, STD/STI Screening, Material Aid, Parenting Classes, Men’s Program

Catholic Charities of Omaha
http://www.ccomaha.org
3300 North 60th Street, Omaha, NE 68104
Phone: 402-554-0520
Services: Behavioral Health Services, Adoption Services, Domestic Violence Services, Early Childhood Education, Food Assistance, Family Strengthening, Immigration Legal Assistance Services, Microbusiness, Pregnancy Counseling, Senior Services

Local Food Bank

Local food banks include:

  • Together Inc.
    812 S 24 Street Omaha, NE 68108
    Phone: (402) 345-8047
  • Heart Ministry Center
    2222 Binney Street Omaha, NE 68110
    Phone: (402) 451-2321
Community Churches and Religious Organizations

Some community churches and temples have organized programs to help single mothers and individuals with low incomes. While the requirements may not be as stringent as local organizations, some churches may still want applicants to show documentation to receive assistance. Local churches often have programs in place to help women with shelter, rent payments, utility payments, clothing needs and food attainment. In addition to local food banks, many churches also have food pantries for members of the community that are in need.

Federal Assistance Organizations

When you have exhausted your options on a local level, or simply require further help, there are a variety of federal programs designated to help low-income families and single mothers.

ACCESS Nebraska
ACCESS Nebraska (similar to TANF) is a state assistance program that provides temporary financial assistance and other services to needy families. For more information about help in Nebraska, please go to https://dhhs-access-neb-menu.ne.gov/start/?tl=en

ACCESS Nebraska
General Information: (800) 383-4278
State Office: Department of Health and Human Services
Nebraska State Office Building 3rd Floor
301 Centennial Mall South P.O. Box 95026
Lincoln, NE 68509-5026
Phone: (402) 471-3121

Low Income Housing Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
LIHEAP is a federal assistance program that provides assistance with energy-related costs, including paying utility bills, weatherization procedures and/or energy-related home repairs. Learn more about LIHEAP here: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/programs/liheap.

Region VII – KANSAS CITY
Primary Liaison: ROSA CHAPMAN
Tel: (202) 260-6424; Email: [email protected]
Alternate: Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska

Find more Nebraska government benefit programs at: http://www.benefits.gov/benefits/browse-by-state/state/NE

Birth Parent Support

Bethany Christian Services
https://www.bethany.org/omaha
831 Pine Street, Omaha NE 68108
Phone: 402-449-2898
Hours: M-F 8a-5p
Services: 24 Hour Hotline: 1-800-BETHANY, Options Information, Adoption Services, Adoption Support

Sally’s Lambs
www.sallyslambs.org
The mission of Sally’s Lambs is to encourage and support birth moms facing unplanned pregnancies. By working with established pregnancy care centers, adoption agencies and with birth mothers directly, Sally’s Lambs will meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of birth mothers. Call Sally’s Lambs: (877) 517-4463 (ext. 804).

I Choose Adoption
http://ichooseadoption.org
iChooseAdoption.org is sponsored by the National Council for Adoption. This website offers a wide variety of resources for birth parents, adoptees, and adoptive families- including adoption stories, videos, resources, and more! Find an adoption agency in your area: http://ichooseadoption.org/adoption-agency-search. Call the National Council for Adoption at (866) 355-7965.

Embrace Grace
www.embracegrace.com
Single and Pregnant? You are not alone! Get plugged into an Embrace Grace group in your local area. In the Embrace Grace program, you will make new friends in similar circumstances, receive a baby shower with NEW baby items, and be inspired and filled with hope by friends, leaders and God. To find an Embrace Grace group near you, go to www.EmbraceGrace.com or email [email protected].

Other Helpful Organizations

Other Helpful Organizations

Option Line
www.OptionLine.org or (800)HELPLINE
OptionLine provides free and confidential counseling as well as accurate information about pregnancy and pregnancy options. While they offer information on pregnancy options, their centers do not refer women to abortion providers. Call 1-800-712-HELP or text HELPLINE to 313131.

American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists
www.aaplog.org
AAPLOG is an organization of 2,500 members and associates who affirm the unique value and dignity of individual human life in all stages of growth and development from fertilization onward. On the AAPLOG website, you can find the physician directory is available to assist those who wish to locate a pro-life physician. Each of the listed physicians have affirmed pro-life values. Find your nearest pro-life physician at https://www.aaplog.org/aaplog-physician-directory/

Sally’s Lambs
www.Sallyslambs.org
Their mission is to encourage and support birth moms facing unplanned pregnancies. By working with established pregnancy care centers, adoption agencies and with birth mothers directly, Sally’s Lambs will meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of birth mothers.

Stand Up Girl
www.standupgirl.com
Founded in 2000, this amazing website now reaches nearly 200,000 young people each month — over 2 million girls each year. Most guests remain on the site an average of 15 minutes, taking in phenomenal fetal development photography, life-like illustrations, remarkable video and a music room. In addition, the popular Forum, Blog and Chat Room features connect young women from all over the world who share their stories of hope and courage. Perhaps the most important component of the website is the real-life stories of girls facing their own crisis pregnancies and how the StandUpGirl.com team provides personal and individual guidance and concern to help them make a choice that both they and their baby can live with.