Stony Brook UniversityStony Brook, new-york 11794

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

At Stony Brook, you can find assistance for your unique personal, student, and other needs through many of the persons and offices on campus. Please consider contacting:

Student Health Service
http://studentaffairs.stonybrook.edu/shs/
Student Health Center: 1 Stadium Road, Stony Brook, NY 11794-3191
Medical Clinic: 631-632-6740
GYN Clinic: 631-632-6740
Services: http://studentaffairs.stonybrook.edu/shs/services/index.html
GYN Clinic Services: http://studentaffairs.stonybrook.edu/shs/services/gyn_clinic.html

Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity (OIDE)
http://www.stonybrook.edu/oide
201 Administration Building, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-0251
Phone: (631) 632-6280
Email: [email protected]
Marjolie Leonard: Senior Director for OIDE / University’s Title IX and ADA Coordinator.
To file a discrimination complaint, contact OIDE.

Stony Brook Child Care Services
http://www.stonybrook.edu/childcare/
Stony Brook University, South Drive, Stony Brook, NY 11794-4000
Phone: (631) 632-6930
Tuition: http://www.stonybrook.edu/childcare/tuition-schedule.shtml
Programs (Infant-Toddler, Preschool): http://www.stonybrook.edu/childcare/programs.shtml

Policies Concerning Pregnant & Parenting Students

Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity (OIDE)
http://www.stonybrook.edu/oide
201 Administration Building, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-0251
Phone: (631) 632-6280
Email: [email protected]
Marjolie Leonard: Senior Director for OIDE / University’s Title IX and ADA Coordinator.
To file a discrimination complaint, contact OIDE.

Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action
http://www.stonybrook.edu/oide/policy-p105.html

“Stony Brook University prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, familial status, genetic predisposition, criminal convictions, domestic violence victim status, and veteran or military status and all other protected classes under federal or state laws in the administration of its policies, programs, activities, or other Stony Brook University administered programs or employment, and includes the terms, conditions, and privileges of employment and/or access for students, faculty, and staff. Stony Brook University’s non-discrimination policy affects all employment practices including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, transfers, promotions, benefits, compensation, training, educational opportunities, discipline, daily responsibilities and terminations.”

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policy
https://www.suny.edu/sunypp/documents.cfm?doc_id=804

“The State University of New York (University) recognizes that it needs a multi-pronged approach to addressing diversity and assuring inclusive excellence. It must implement best practices to attract and retain diverse students, faculty, staff and administrative leaders. It must foster student completion and implement programs and strategies to establish a welcoming environment for all. The intent of this policy is to support campus and System Administration efforts to achieve the goal of becoming the most inclusive public university system in the country.”

  • For more information about Title IX pregnant and parenting students’ rights and accommodations, please see our page: Students Rights

Housing

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:

Soundview Pregnancy Services
http://soundviewpregnancyservices.org/
1919 Middle Country Road Suite 100, Centereach, NY 11720
Phone: 631-676-7990
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am – 5pm
*Appointments scheduled after hours through Option Line. To schedule an appointment after business hours call 1-800-712-4357 or text the word HELPLINE to 313131.*
Services: Pregnancy Testing, Options Information, Material Aid, Adoption Support, After Abortion Support, Parenting Classes, Parenting Support, STD/STI Information, Community Referrals

Goodwill
The Goodwill and other thrift stores offer low priced items. To locate a Goodwill near you, go to http://www.goodwill.org/locator/.

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 New York, please call 1-800-522-5006.

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 New York, please go to http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/outreach/states/new-york.htm, or call 1-877-472-8411 / 718-557-1399 (NYC only).

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

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

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. For more information, please see this fact sheet.

Local University Care

Stony Brook Child Care Services
http://www.stonybrook.edu/childcare/
Stony Brook University, South Drive, Stony Brook, NY 11794-4000
Phone: (631) 632-6930
Tuition: http://www.stonybrook.edu/childcare/tuition-schedule.shtml
Programs (Infant-Toddler, Preschool): http://www.stonybrook.edu/childcare/programs.shtml
The Stony Brook Child Care Center is nationally accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs, which means it has voluntarily undergone a comprehensive process of internal self-study and invited external review to verify compliance with the academy’s criteria for high-quality early childhood programs. The Center is open Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., with various shifts available, and serves University, Health Sciences and Medical Center faculty staff and students as well as non-affiliated community families. Affiliated families pay tuition according to a sliding scale based on gross family income.

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.

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.org) 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 local child support office: New York Child Support

New York Child Support
https://www.childsupport.ny.gov/dcse/home.html
Child Support Helpline: 1-888-208-4485
The Child Support Helpline (CSH) is available Monday–Friday, 8am-7pm.
TTY: 1-866-875-9975
Local Offices: https://www.childsupport.ny.gov/DCSE/LocalOffices_input.action

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 by calling 1-800-691-KIDS.

Lactation Rooms on Campus

Right to Express Breast Milk in the Workplace Policy
https://www.stonybrook.edu/hr/misc/ul/rf/right_to_express_breast_milk_in_the_workplace.shtml
Eligibility: Nursing mothers may request reasonable time away from work to express breast milk.

Employee inquiries for Human Resource Services (e.g. time and attendance) can be made to:

  • West Campus, Schools of the Health Sciences, Stony Brook Manhattan, Stony Brook Southampton:
  • State Professionals: 631-632-6181
  • Classified Employees: 631-632-6189
  • RF Employees: 631-632-6162
  • Email: [email protected]

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.

Adoption

Counseling

Pregnancy Options

On campus, you can get pregnancy testing and other GYN services at:

Stony Brook GYN Clinic
http://studentaffairs.stonybrook.edu/shs/services/gyn_clinic.html
Phone: 631-632-6740
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-3:45pm; Tuesday evenings during Fall and Spring semesters until 7:30pm
The GYN clinic is staffed by Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners and Physicians. The GYN Clinic is located within the Student Health Service on the first floor. Appointments are required. Emergency walk-in service is available on a limited basis. The GYN Clinic provides the following services:

  • Complete gynecologic exams
  • Breast exams
  • STD screening and treatment for female patients
  • Pap smears
  • Contraceptive methods
  • Menopausal issues
  • Premenstrual Syndrome issues
  • Screening for hyperlipidemia, thyroid disorders and other conditions in females
  • Patient education related to achieving a wellness lifestyle nutrition, and sexuality issues
  • Diagnosis ad treatment of urinary tract infections
  • Depo-Provera injections
  • Pregnancy Testing and Counseling

Off campus, you can find free, confidential support at:

Soundview Pregnancy Services
http://soundviewpregnancyservices.org/
1919 Middle Country Road Suite 100, Centereach, NY 11720
Phone: 631-676-7990
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am – 5pm
*Appointments scheduled after hours through Option Line. To schedule an appointment after business hours call 1-800-712-4357 or text the word HELPLINE to 313131.*
Services: Pregnancy Testing, Options Information, Material Aid, Adoption Support, After Abortion Support, Parenting Classes, Parenting Support, STD/STI Information, Community Referrals

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

Women experience a variety of feelings after having an abortion. If you are feeling sad, confused, or angry, please know that you are not alone. There are many organizations and programs devoted to helping a post-abortive woman on her journey towards healing and hope. If you are a young man or family member who is feeling upset, there is help for you too. Please check out one of these organizations for support.

Abortion Recovery
http://www.abortionrecovery.org
[email protected] or (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)

Sisters of Life
http://www.sistersoflife.org/hope-and-healing-after-abortion
The Sisters of Life affirm that there is hope and healing after abortion. For love and support after your abortion, please call the Sisters of Life toll free at (866)575-0075. You can also email the sisters at [email protected]. The Sisters of Life offer after abortion healing programs, in addition to support, resources, and maternity housing for women in unplanned pregnancies.

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/.

Other Places to Look for Help

Local Non-Profit Agencies

Soundview Pregnancy Services
http://soundviewpregnancyservices.org/
1919 Middle Country Road Suite 100, Centereach, NY 11720
Phone: 631-676-7990
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am – 5pm
*Appointments scheduled after hours through Option Line. To schedule an appointment after business hours call 1-800-712-4357 or text the word HELPLINE to 313131.*
Services: Pregnancy Testing, Options Information, Material Aid, Adoption Support, After Abortion Support, Parenting Classes, Parenting Support, STD/STI Information, Community Referrals

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 New York, please go to http://otda.ny.gov/programs/temporary-assistance/

New York Temporary Assistance
General Information: (800) 342-3009
State Office: Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance
40 North Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12243-0001
(518) 473-1090

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 II – NEW YORK
Primary Liaison: JOSEPHINE RAGO-ADIA
Tel: (202) 401-4710; Email: [email protected]
Alternate: New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

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.

BirthMom Buds
www.birthmombuds.com
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 1-855-mybbud
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/birthmombuds
BirthMom Buds is a national web based non profit 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.

First Hero
http://www.firsthero.org
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/babysfirsthero/
You may not have planned on getting pregnant, but you can plan what is best for you and your baby. Text “hero” to 313131 to chat confidentially with a birthmom to help you determine whether placing your baby for adoption with a loving family is the right decision for you and your baby. At FirstHero.org, we believe that birthmoms are courageous and selfless heroes and change lives for the better. Countless couples would not have had a family if it weren’t for these very special and brave women.

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.

Option Line
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. Call (800) 712-HELP for support, or text HELPLINE to 313131

Nurturing Networks
http://nurturingnetwork.org
Nurturing Networks 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]

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 Birth Mother Resources

Other Helpful Organizations

Federally Qualified Health Centers

Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) are community-based organizations that provide comprehensive primary care and preventive care (e.g. health, oral, women’s health, and mental health/substance abuse services). Services are provided to persons of all ages, regardless of their ability to pay or health insurance status.

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 website now reaches nearly 200,000 young people each month — over 2 million girls each year. The website provides 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.