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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

Peer-to-Peer Support

Across the country, there are over 530 college pro-life groups. These groups of students truly care about pregnant and parenting students, and they are eager to offer their support and to help you find whatever resources you need to succeed.

There are many college pro-life groups in your state that are eager to support students like you. If you are interested in finding supportive peers on your campus, contact [email protected]. We will let you know if there is a group at your school!

Housing

Housing Off Campus

The following organizational list has been retrieved from internet searches and referral. Each organization has been identified as having maternity home services or referral services. For more detailed descriptions of these organizations and their services, please use the contact information provided.

House of His Creation
http://hohc.org/maternityhome.html
Mail: PO Box 266, Akron, PA
Phone: (717) 859-1005
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HouseofHisCreation

Shepherd’s Maternity House
http://cssdioceseofscranton.org/content/housing-homeless/shepherds-maternity-house
Phone: (570) 476-1428
Contact Information; http://cssdioceseofscranton.org/content/offices
Description: The Mission of Shepherd’s Maternity House is to provide shelter, care, counseling, and education as an alternative to abortion for pregnant women ages 18 and older. During their stay the mothers are given much needed support in a loving family atmosphere. They are also given the assistance and knowledge to provide that same nurturing, comforting environment for their babies.

Lourdeshouse Maternity Services
Enhaut, PA
http://www.hbgdiocese.org/

Morning Star Maternity Home
Lansing, PA
http://www.morningstarmaternityhome.org/
Mail: P. O. Box 1383, Lansdale, PA 19446
Phone: (215) 723-8103
Fax: (215) 723-6978
E-mail: [email protected]
Description: Morning Star supplies housing and related services to teens and young women facing crisis pregnancies. The need for safe housing in a loving, nurturing environment is crucial to someone who is struggling with an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy. We have found that if given the hope we endeavor to provide, young women are less likely to turn to an abortion as a solution to their crisis. We accept young women between the ages of 13 and 25.

Clara’s House
Peckville, PA
http://clarashouse.publishpath.com/
Mail: P.O. Box 242, Peckville, PA 18452
Phone: (570) 383-3050
Email: [email protected]
Contact Form: http://clarashouse.publishpath.com/about-us-apply-online

Buds of Purpose Maternity Home
Gettysburg, PA
http://www.bopmaternityhome.org/
Phone: 717-334-6040
Cell Phone: 717-339-7814
E-mail: [email protected]

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:

Real Alternatives
http://www.realalternatives.org/
1-888-LIFE-AID (1-888-543-3242)
Real Alternatives uses a network of 93 pregnancy support centers, Catholic Charities, and maternity homes to provide free pregnancy support and parenting education services to women and families in our state. Real Alternatives has over 500 caring and compassionate trained counselors providing support to women facing an unexpected pregnancy. Each site provides confidential and free pregnancy testing. On the Real Alternatives website, women can access services nearest to them by plugging in their zip code. Women can also find information on fetal development, hear baby’s heartbeat, and learn about what to do if someone is forcing them to have an abortion.
• Find a local counselor or pregnancy support center: http://www.realalternatives.org/pregnant/counselorservices.asp

OptionLine
www.OptionLine.org or (800)HELPLINE
OptionLine provides a listing of pregnancy help agencies in your community. Go online to search for an agency closest to you. Centers that provide material assistance will have “material aid” listed in the services section. Other services may include free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, STI/STD testing, counseling, and parenting classes. Services are often free or inexpensive. These centers do not refer for abortion. Call 1-800-712-HELP or text HELPLINE to 313131.

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/.

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

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 Pennsylvania, please call 1-800-942-9467.

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. For help in Pennsylvania, please go to http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/outreach/states/pennsylvania.htm, or call 1-800-692-7462 TDD 1-800-451-5886.

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

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

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.

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.

Childcareaware.org and Daycareproviders.com help you search for childcare providers in your area as well as guides on what to look for in each childcare

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:
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.
You and the baby’s father will then visit your state’s child support department: PA Child Support Program

PA Child Support Program
Local Child Support Offices: http://tinyurl.com/pso2cgr
Services Provided:
Locating non-custodial parents
Establishing Paternity
Establishing Support Orders
Enforcing Support Orders
Reviewing and Adjusting Support Orders
Monitoring & Distributing Child Support Payments
Cooperating in Interstate enforcement

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
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 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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania. This list was retrieved from AdoptionServices.org: http://www.adoptionservices.org/domestic_adoption_agencies/adoption_agencies_pennsylvania.htm

A Field of Dreams Adoption Services, Inc.
3208 Benner Pike Village, Suite 200
PO Box 56
Bellefonte, PA 16823
Phone: (814) 355-4310
Fax: (814) 355-4393
Toll-Free: (877) 355-4310

A Second Chance
204 North Highland Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Phone: (412) 665-2300
Fax: (412) 242-5229

Absolute Love Adoptions (ALA)
2912 Talley Cavey Road
Allison Park, PA 15101
Phone: (412) 889 9155
Fax: (412) 486 6265

Adelphoi Village, Inc.
1003 Village Way
Latrobe, PA 15650
Phone: (724) 520-1111

Adopt Abroad, Inc.
1262 Wood Lane # 205
Langhorne, PA 19047
Phone: (215) 702 0561
Fax: (973) 744 4760

Adoptions From The Heart: Wynnewood PA
30 Hampstead Circle
Wynnewood, PA 19096
Phone: (610) 642-7200

Adoption Horizons
899 Petersburg Road
Carlisle, PA 17103
Phone: (717) 249-8850

Adoption Resource Center, Inc.
4701 Pine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19143
Phone: (215) 844-1082
Fax: (215) 842-9881
Toll-Free: (800) 884-4004

Adoption Services, Inc.
28 Central Boulevard
Camp Hill, PA 17011
Phone: (800) 943-0400
Fax: (717) 731-0517

Adoption Unlimited, Inc.
2148 Embassy Drive
Suite 121
Lancaster, PA 17603
Phone: (717) 431-2021
Fax: (717) 399-0093

Adoptions Forever, Inc.
509 Strathmore Road
Havertown, PA 19083
Phone: (610) 853-2635
Fax: (610) 853-4576

Adoptions From The Heart
206 North Main Street
Suite 3
Greensburg, PA 15601
Phone: (724) 853-6533
Fax: (724) 853-1738
Toll-Free: (800) 355-5500

Adoptions From The Heart
1525 Oregon Pike Commons
Suite 402
Lancaster, PA 17601
Phone: (717) 399-7766
Fax: (717) 399-7755
Toll-Free: (800) 355-5500

Adoptions From The Heart
2212 Union Boulevard
Allentown, PA 18109
Phone: (610) 432-2384
Fax: (610) 432-8200
Toll-Free: (800) 355-5500

Adoptions From The Heart (AFTH)
30-31 Hampstead Circle
Wynnewood, PA 19096
Phone: (610) 642-7200
Fax: (610) 642-7938
Toll-Free: (800) 355-5500

Adoptions From The Heart
4331 North Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Phone: (717) 232-1787
Fax: (717) 232-7602
Toll-Free: (800) 355-5500

Best Nest, Inc.
1709 Washington Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Phone: (215) 546-8060
Fax: (215) 546-8906

Best Nest, Inc.
325 Market Street
Williamsport, PA 17701
Phone: (570) 321-1969
Fax: (570) 321-1980
Toll-Free: (800) 966-4100

Bethanna, Inc.
1030 Second Street Pike
Southampton, PA 18966
Phone: (215) 355-6500
Fax: (215) 355-8847

Bethanna, Inc.
1030 Second Street Pike
Southampton, PA 18966
Phone: (215) 355-6500
Fax: 215-355-8847

Bethany Christian Services
550 Pinetown Road
Suite 100
Fort Washington, PA 19034-2606
Phone: (215) 628-0202
Fax: (215) 628-2944
Toll-Free: (800) 215-0702

Bethany Christian Services
550 Pinetown Road
Suite 100
Fort Washington, PA 19034
Phone: (215) 628-0202
Fax: (215) 628-2944

Bethany Christian Services of Western Pennsylvania, Inc.
10521 Perry Highway
Suite 310
Wexford, PA 15090
Phone: (724) 940-2900
Fax: (724) 940-2901

Bethany Christian Services, Inc.
1689 Crown Avenue
Suite 1
Lancaster, PA 176016303
Phone: (717) 299-1926
Fax: (717) 291-9366
Toll-Free: (800) 989-1926

Black Adoption Services
307 4th Street, Suite 710
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone: (412) 471-8722
Fax: (412) 471-4861

Catholic Charities of the Diocese
Greensburg PA
Phone: (724) 837-1840

COBYS Family Services
1417 Oregon Road
Leola, PA 17540
Phone: (717) 656-6580
Fax: (717) 656-3056
Toll-Free: (800) 452-6517

CONCERN – Professional Services for Children, Youth and Families
One West Main Street
Fleetwood, PA 19522
Phone: (610) 944-0445
Fax: (610) 944-1195
Toll-Free: (800) 562-1427

Catholic Charities Diocese of Allentown
Madison Building, 400 Washington Street
Suite 100
Reading, PA 19606
Phone: (610) 376-7144
Fax: (610) 376-7145

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Inc.
212 Ninth Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone: (412) 456-6960
Fax: (412) 456-0181

Catholic Charities, Inc.
806 South 29th Street
Harrisburg, PA 17111
Phone: (717) 564-7115
Fax: (717) 564-7180
Toll-Free: (800) 777-7003

Catholic Social Services
227 North Eighteenth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 854-7050
Fax: (215) 854-7056
Toll-Free: (800) CARE-002

Catholic Social Services of Philadelphia (CSS)
227 North 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 854-7050
Fax: (215) 854-7056

Child and Home Study Associates
1029 North Providence Road
Media, PA 19063
Phone: (610) 565-1544
Fax: (610) 565-1567

Child and Home Study Associates, Inc.
1029 North Providence Road
Media, PA 19063
Phone: (610) 565-1544
Fax: (610) 565-1567

Children’s Aid Home Programs of Somerset County, Inc.
1476 North Center Avenue
Somerset, PA 15501
Phone: (814) 443-1637
Fax: (814) 445-8481

Children’s Aid Society in Clearfield County
1008 South Second Street
Clearfield, PA 16830
Phone: (814) 765-2686

Children’s Choice, Inc.
2909 North Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Phone: (717) 230-9980
Fax: (610) 521-6266
Toll-Free: (800) 355-1175

Children’s Home of York, Inc.
77 Shoehouse Road
York, PA 17406
Phone: (717) 755-1033
Fax: (717) 840-3791

Children’s Service Center of Wyoming Valley, Inc.
335 South Franklin Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
Phone: (570) 825-6425
Fax: (570) 829-3337

Common Sense Adoption Services
208 West Main Street
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Phone: (717) 766-6449
Fax: (717) 766-6701
Toll-Free: (800) 445-2444

** For the rest of the list of PA adoption agencies, please go to AdoptionServices.org list at: http://www.adoptionservices.org/domestic_adoption_agencies/adoption_agencies_pennsylvania.htm

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]

 

Birthparent 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].

 

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 with your pregnancy decisions, please contact:

Real Alternatives
http://www.realalternatives.org/
1-888-LIFE-AID (1-888-543-3242)
Real Alternatives uses a network of 93 pregnancy support centers, Catholic Charities, and maternity homes to provide free pregnancy support and parenting education services to women and families in our state. Real Alternatives has over 500 caring and compassionate trained counselors providing support to women facing an unexpected pregnancy. Each site provides confidential and free pregnancy testing. On the Real Alternatives website, women can access services nearest to them by plugging in their zip code. Women can also find information on fetal development, hear baby’s heartbeat, and learn about what to do if someone is forcing them to have an abortion.
• Find a local counselor or pregnancy support center: http://www.realalternatives.org/pregnant/counselorservices.asp

OptionLine
www.OptionLine.org
OptionLine provides free and confidential counseling as well as accurate information about pregnancy and pregnancy options. These centers support life-affirming choices, and they do not refer women to abortion providers. There are over 3,000 pregnancy resource centers across the country. Help is just around the corner. Find a pregnancy resource center near you at www.optionline.org. Call 800-712-HELP, or text HELPLINE to 313131 for assistance.

Nurturing Network
http://www.nurturingnetwork.org/
Nurturing Network provide practical, life-saving services to women facing the crisis of an unplanned pregnancy, including education options to continue her pregnancy and the life of her unborn child without sacrificing her own hopes and dreams. Call 1-800-TNN-4MOM, or email Ann at [email protected]

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

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/.

Other Places to Look for Help

Local Non-Profit Agencies

Real Alternatives
http://www.realalternatives.org/
1-888-LIFE-AID (1-888-543-3242)
Real Alternatives uses a network of 93 pregnancy support centers, Catholic Charities, and maternity homes to provide free pregnancy support and parenting education services to women and families in our state. Real Alternatives has over 500 caring and compassionate trained counselors providing support to women facing an unexpected pregnancy. Each site provides confidential and free pregnancy testing. On the Real Alternatives website, women can access services nearest to them by plugging in their zip code. Women can also find information on fetal development, hear baby’s heartbeat, and learn about what to do if someone is forcing them to have an abortion.
• Find a local counselor or pregnancy support center: http://www.realalternatives.org/pregnant/counselorservices.asp

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.

If you know of a church or religious community (near a college campus) which offers support services to pregnant and parenting students, please provide information through our “Submit Campus Info” form.

Federal Assistance Organizations

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

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
TANF is a federal assistance program that provides temporary cash assistance and food stamps to single mothers and low-income individuals, showing a need. For more information about help in Pennsylvania, please go to http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/foradults/cashassistance/tanfandmovingtoindependence/index.htm

Pennsylvania Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
General Information: (800) 692-7462
State Office:
Department of Public Welfare
625 Forster Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120
Phone: (717) 787-1870

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 III – PHILADELPHIA
Primary Liaison: WILLIAM KIM
Tel: (202) 205-4717; Email: [email protected]
Alternate: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia

Birth Parent Support

Bethany Christian Services
https://www.bethany.org/
Bethany Christian Services is a global nonprofit organization that brings families together and keeps families together. Strengthening families for the well-being of children is our top priority. Our services include adoption, foster care, and pregnancy counseling. If you are pregnant and considering adoption, Bethany Christian Services will provide pregnancy support and help you make an adoption plan. Bethany Christian Services can also provide financial assistance for living expenses during your pregnancy (e.g. rent when you can’t work, food, transportation, utilities, or maternity clothes) and help with medical and legal expenses if needed. Call (800) 238-4269 for further assistance.

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.

BirthMom Buds
www.birthmombuds.com
BirthMom Buds is a national web based nonprofit organization which provides support to pregnant women considering adoption as well as birthmothers who have already placed children for adoption through its website, toll-free support line, as well as many programs including the Pregnant and Placing Program, Buddy System, and Annual Birthmother Retreats. Visit BirthMom Buds on the web at www.birthmombuds.com, email at [email protected], or call toll free at 1-855-mybbud. Visit BirthMom Buds on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/birthmombuds

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

Real Alternatives
http://www.realalternatives.org/
1-888-LIFE-AID (1-888-543-3242)
Real Alternatives uses a network of 93 pregnancy support centers, Catholic Charities, and maternity homes to provide free pregnancy support and parenting education services to women and families in our state. Real Alternatives has over 500 caring and compassionate trained counselors providing support to women facing an unexpected pregnancy. Each site provides confidential and free pregnancy testing. On the Real Alternatives website, women can access services nearest to them by plugging in their zip code. Women can also find information on fetal development, hear baby’s heartbeat, and learn about what to do if someone is forcing them to have an abortion.
• Find a local counselor or pregnancy support center: http://www.realalternatives.org/pregnant/counselorservices.asp

OptionLine
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.