University of Central FloridaOrlando, florida 32816

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.

For support on your campus, we recommend that you reach out to Students for Life at UCF. Students for Life (SFL) at the University of Central Florida is a student run organization who’s goal is to positively impact our community – and ultimately the world – through the promotion of the equal dignity and importance of every human life at each state of development, and the giving of our time and talents to serve the underprivileged in Central Florida. We are devoted to upholding the value of life through promoting awareness, education, support, and healing for, but not limited to, the university community. We are a non-denominational group, open to all university students, striving to uphold the dignity of all human life from conception onward regardless of age, race, gender, or disability.

Housing

Housing On Campus

As a Title IX abiding school, you are allowed to remain in your dorm or campus housing while pregnant. However, you then need to transition to family friendly housing.

Unfortunately, the University of Central Floridadoes not offer family or married housing on campus.” The school recommends finding off-campus housing resources at http://ucf.offcampuspartners.com/ or https://www.LiveSomeWhere.com/UCF/. We have also include more resources in our “Housing Off Campus” section on this page.

Housing Off Campus

The following organizational list has been retrieved from HarborHouse.org. (Found here: http://www.harborhouse.org/links/maternityhomes.htm#fl) Other information was found via FL 2-1-1, 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.

UCF Family Housing Recommendations
The University of Central Florida “does not offer family or married housing on campus.” The school recommends finding off-campus housing resources at http://ucf.offcampuspartners.com/ or https://www.LiveSomeWhere.com/UCF/.

Catholic Charities of Central Florida
http://www.cflcc.org/
1819 N. Semoran Blvd., Orlando, FL 32807
Phone: 407-658-1818
Toll Free: 888-658-2828
Orange County Services and Contacts: http://www.cflcc.org/orange

Catholic Charities Emergency Family Services
http://www.cflcc.org/emergency/home
Phone: 407-839-4357
Contact: Julie Yetter, [email protected]
Catholic Charities of Central Florida’s Emergency Family Services program serves clients who are facing financial difficulties due to an unexpected financial emergency. Financial Emergencies could include: loss of a job, unexpected medical expenses, car repairs, family dissolution, natural disasters, death in the family. The program may provide financial assistance with rent/mortgage and/or utilities and referrals to other services within the community.

Catholic Charities Family Stability Initiative
http://www.cflcc.org/emergency/fsi
301 Thalia Drive, Orlando, FL 32807
Phone: 407-674-7386
Contact: Diazina Mobley, [email protected]
The Family Stability Initiative provides 3-6 months of intensive case management including: Job Counseling, Resume Reviews, Housing Assistance, Budgeting and Savings Plan, Food and Emergency Financial Assistance, Community Referrals

BETA Center
http://www.betacenter.org/ 
4680 Lake Underhill Road, Orlando, Florida 32807
Phone: (407) 277-1942
Fax: (407) 381-0907
Volunteer opportunities, contact: [email protected]
Residential and emergency programs, contact: Liz High at [email protected]
Clinical programs, contact: Shea Hughes-Brand at [email protected]
School program, contact: Ivonne Rivera at [email protected]
Description: BETA Center’s mission is to give children and parents the knowledge and support needed for strong and healthy families, with a focus on teen moms and at-risk families. Parents learn about prenatal attachment, baby brain development, child development, infant mental health, school readiness and adolescence. Pregnant and parenting teens are embraced with comprehensive programs designed to meet their special needs. Youth learn coping skills and the other developmental assets needed to successfully navigate school and life. Infants thrive under developmentally stimulating care. BETA Center promotes positive parent/child interaction, and helps children and parents grow together.

Hands of Mercy, Maternity Home
http://www.teenmothershome.org/ 
6017 SE Robinson Road, Belleview, Florida 34420
Office: 352-347-4663
Housemother: 352-347-8786
After Hours Emergency: 352-454-0830
Other Contact Information:
Email: [email protected]

Manasota SOLVE
http://www.solvehomes.org/
Bradenton Location: 1501 & 1509 8th Avenue West, Bradenton FL 34205
Phone: 941.748.0094
Fax: 941.748.1954
Englewood Location: 2205 Englewood Road, Englewood, FL 34223
Phone & Fax: 941.475.7408
Email: [email protected]

Lifeline Family Center
http://www.lifelinefamilycenter.org/ 
907 SE 5th Avenue, Cape Coral, Florida 33990
Phone: (239) 242-7238
Email: [email protected]

Arbor House
Gainesville, FL
Mail: P.O. Box 12363, Gainesville, FL 32604-0363
Phone: (352) 371-BABY

Divine Mercy House
http://www.divinemercyhouse.org/ 
4118 Loretto Road, Jacksonville, FL 32223
Phone: (904) 268-6282
Contact Form: http://www.divinemercyhouse.org/contact-us/

Sunlight Home
http://sunlighthome.org/ 
Naples, FL
Mail: P.O. Box 9194. Naples, FL 34101
Phone: (239) 352-0251
Contact Form: http://sunlighthome.org/contact/

The Inn of New Smyrna Beach
600 N. Dixie Frwy., New Smyrna Beach FL, 32170
Phone: (386) 428-5136
Description: Maternity and aftercare facility offering support services to homeless or nearly homeless pregnant women. Coordinate and refer clients to maternity homes throughout the state. Also have access to baby supplies, furniture, clothing, etc. and partner with crisis pregnancy centers.

Mary’s Shelter
http://www.maryssheltertc.org/
Mail: Mary’s Shelter, P.O. Box 958, Stuart, FL 34995
Phone: (772) 223-5000
Contact Form: http://www.maryssheltertc.org/contact.html
Description: Our mission is to provide a transitional, caring, educational, spiritual and supportive housing environment for pregnant women and their babies offering a pathway to self-sufficiency, and a life of dignity and respect. Since opening in 2010, Mary’s Shelter of the Treasure Coast has helped more than 90 women and 36 healthy babies have been born. Some women stay for the duration of their pregnancy, while others stay for only a few months. All of the mothers assisted have left our shelter as stronger, more independent women.

Daybreak Maternity Home
Palm Beach, FL
Phone: (561) 650-7474
Daybreak Maternity Home: For Pregnant women over 18 with no children
Other Services: AfterCare Residence, Life Plan Counseling, Parenting Classes,
Clothes Closet, Free pregnancy testing and counseling

His Caring Place
http://www.hiscaringplace.org/
827 S State Rd. 7, North Lauderdale, FL 33068
Phone: (954)429-9222
Email: [email protected]
Description: His Caring Place is a licensed teen maternity program that offers love and guidance to young women struggling with crisis pregnancies.

St. Augustine
Alpha-Omega Miracle Home
http://www.aomh.org/
1845 County Highway 5a, St Augustine, FL 32084
Phone: (904) 823-8588
Fax: 904-823-8984
E-mail: [email protected]

Alpha House
http://www.alphahouseoftampa.org/ 
201 S Tampania Avenue, Tampa, FL 33609
Phone: (813) 875-2024
Contact Form: http://www.alphahouseoftampa.org/contact/
Description: Alpha House of Tampa offers homeless pregnant women and mothers with young children safe housing and the tools they need to become self-sufficient and effective responsible parents..

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).

JMJ Life Center
http://jmjlifecenter.org/
This new center will be located in NorthView apartment complex, a campus affiliated housing complex located right behind the main campus. It is located upstairs in the Catholic Campus Ministry Center.This office will open January 15th. For more information, please call (407) 839- 0620.
Other Local Offices: 1401 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32804
Services: Pregnancy Testing, Ultrasounds, Crisis Intervention, Adoption Information. Abstinence Information, MOPs Mentoring Program, Maternity Clothes, Baby Supplies, Baby Clothes, Baby Furniture, Formula and Baby Food, Abortion alternatives and information

Oviedo Crisis Pregnancy Center
www.thedifferenceislife.org
441 N. Central Avenue, Oviedo, FL 32765
Phone: 407-366-0111
Online Contact Form: http://www.thedifferenceislife.org/contact-us
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Difference-is-Life/365245820340688
Services: Pregnancy Options Counseling, Financial Support, Material Aid, Earn While You Learn Program
Description: Our centers exist to offer women alternatives to abortion by modeling the love Jesus Christ through compassionate lay-counseling and the resources to empower her to make a life-affirming decision.

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

Catholic Charities Emergency Food Services
Semoran Food Pantry
http://www.cflcc.org/emergency/home
1771 N. Semoran Blvd., Orlando, FL 32807
Phone: 407-658-1818
Contact: Derrick Clow, [email protected]
Food Assistance is available through Catholic Charities of Central Florida’s Food Pantries.

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 Florida, please call 1-800-342-3556.

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 Florida, please go to http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/outreach/states/florida.htm, or call 1-866-762-2237.

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

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

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.

Childcare 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

LifeHope Childcare Center
www.lifehopechildcare.com
Contact: Melissa Rivera, 407-949-4017
Email: [email protected]
Business Hours: 7:15AM-6:00PM
We provide FREE childcare for infants age 6 weeks t0 18 months at our beautiful facility on the campus of Northland Church in Longwood. In exchange for childcare, the mothers must commit to bettering her situation by creating educational, professional, and spiritual goals. Mothers are expected to meet on a weekly basis with an advocate to work on these goals and track progress. Occasionally, the moms will participate in classes, workshops, or serve projects. An affiliation with a church is not required, but we would love to introduce our mothers to the many blessings that God can offer.

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.

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.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 is 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: Florida Child Support Enforcement

Florida Child Support Enforcement
http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/childsupport/
Office Locations and Contact Information: http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/childsupport/phone.html

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/.

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 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 Florida 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.

Florida Department of Education
George Snow Scholarship Fund Scholarship for Single Parents
South College of Florida Wayne Gulbrandsen Single Parent Scholarship ($400)

Local Scholarships

Student Government Single Parent Scholarship
Applicant must be enrolled in a minimum of six hours (undergraduate) or three hours (graduate), have a minimum 2.0 GPA, and be a single parent with custody of minor children. Applicant must demonstrate financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • Award amounts:
    Minimum Award: $1,000.00
    Average Award: $1,000.00
    Maximum Award: $1,000.00
    Deadline Details: February 16
    Minimum GPA: 2.00
    Maximum GPA: 4.00
    Sponsor information
  • University of Central Florida: Undergraduate Admissions
    http://finaid.ucf.edu/scholarships/index.html
    P.O. Box 160000, Orlando, FL 32816
    Phone: (407) 823-3000
  • Contact Information:
    Susan R. Burritt, Interim Director of Undergraduate Admissions
    Undergraduate Admissions
    P.O. Box 160111, Orlando, FL
    Phone: (407) 823-3000

Source: http://www.aie.org/scholarships/detail.cfm?id=2002371

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 Florida. This list was retrieved from AdoptionServices.org: http://www.adoptionservices.org/domestic_adoption_agencies/adoption_agencies_florida.htm

 

Children’s Home Society of Florida
3535 Lawton Road
Suite 260
Orlando, FL 32803
Phone: (407) 895-5800
Fax: (407) 895-5845

Heart of Adoptions, Inc.

1309 East Robinson Street
Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: (407) 898-8280
Fax: (407) 898-8215

Homecoming Adoptions, Inc.
200 East Robinson Street
Suite 1150
Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: (407) 420-1900
Fax: (407) 420-1201
Toll-Free: (877) 40ADOPT

Open Door Social Services

5800 South Semoran Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32822
Phone: (407) 896-2323
Fax: (407) 896-7760

 

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,

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
Adoptive parents of six, Courtney & Emeory Lott assist parents through their adoption process. FAC provides one of the most extensive and up to date lists of financial grant and loan info. Call Faithful Adoption Consultants: (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.

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]

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 our 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. StandUpGirl.com is among the most visited abortion-related websites in the world, and is changing hearts and saving lives!

Embrace Grace
www.iembracegrace.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.iEmbraceGrace.com or email [email protected].

Other Resources:
– Birth Mothers: http://birthmothers.org
– Gladney Center for Adoption: www.pregnancyhotline.org, 800-452-3639
– Child Welfare.gov/adoption

 

Adoption Financial Concerns

Lifesong for Orphans
http://lifesongfororphans.org
Lifesong for Orphans helps to establish much needed adoption funds at churches & provide adoption grants & interest free loans to prospective adoptive parents. Call Lifesong for Orphans: (309)747-3556.

 

Other Birth Mother Resources

 

Your Questions Answered

Pregnant on Campus
www.pregnantoncampus.org
The Pregnant on Campus Initiative provides a wide variety of resources and information for parenting students and student groups seeking to better assist their peers. For answers to your adoption questions, go to www.pregnantoncampus.org/adoption

 

Advocacy

Adopted and Loved
www.adoptedandloved.com
Adoptedandloved.com encourages adoptees, adoptive parents, and birthparents to “celebrate beautiful possibility.” This website is a great resource for adoptive families and for families interested in adoption. Find stories, resources, and support at http://adoptedandloved.com/.

 

Private Grant Programs

Lifesong for Orphans

http://lifesongfororphans.org
Lifesong for Orphans helps to establish much needed adoption funds at churches & provide adoption grants & interest free loans to prospective adoptive parents. Call Lifesong for Orphans: (309) 747-3556.

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:

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:

JMJ Life Center
http://jmjlifecenter.org/
This new center will be located in NorthView apartment complex, a campus affiliated housing complex located right behind the main campus. It is located upstairs in the Catholic Campus Ministry Center.This office will open January 15th. For more information, please call (407) 839- 0620.
Other Local Offices: 1401 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32804
Services: Pregnancy Testing, Ultrasounds, Crisis Intervention, Adoption Information. Abstinence Information, MOPs Mentoring Program, Maternity Clothes, Baby Supplies, Baby Clothes, Baby Furniture, Formula and Baby Food, Abortion alternatives and information

Oviedo Crisis Pregnancy Center
www.thedifferenceislife.org
441 N. Central Avenue, Oviedo, FL 32765
Phone: 407-366-0111
Online Contact Form: http://www.thedifferenceislife.org/contact-us
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Difference-is-Life/365245820340688
Services: Pregnancy Options Counseling, Financial Support, Material Aid, Earn While You Learn Program
Description: Our centers exist to offer women alternatives to abortion by modeling the love Jesus Christ through compassionate lay-counseling and the resources to empower her to make a life-affirming decision.

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.

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

JMJ Life Center
http://jmjlifecenter.org/
This new center will be located in NorthView apartment complex, a campus affiliated housing complex located right behind the main campus. It is located upstairs in the Catholic Campus Ministry Center.This office will open January 15th. For more information, please call (407) 839- 0620.
Other Local Offices: 1401 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32804
Services: Pregnancy Testing, Ultrasounds, Crisis Intervention, Adoption Information. Abstinence Information, MOPs Mentoring Program, Maternity Clothes, Baby Supplies, Baby Clothes, Baby Furniture, Formula and Baby Food, Abortion alternatives and information

Oviedo Crisis Pregnancy Center
www.thedifferenceislife.org
441 N. Central Avenue, Oviedo, FL 32765
Phone: 407-366-0111
Online Contact Form: http://www.thedifferenceislife.org/contact-us
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Difference-is-Life/365245820340688
Services: Pregnancy Options Counseling, Financial Support, Material Aid, Earn While You Learn Program
Description: Our centers exist to offer women alternatives to abortion by modeling the love Jesus Christ through compassionate lay-counseling and the resources to empower her to make a life-affirming decision.

Catholic Charities of Central Florida
http://www.cflcc.org/
1819 N. Semoran Blvd., Orlando, FL 32807
Phone: 407-658-1818
Toll Free: 888-658-2828
Orange County Services and Contacts: http://www.cflcc.org/orange

Catholic Charities Emergency Family Services
http://www.cflcc.org/emergency/home
Phone: 407-839-4357
Contact: Julie Yetter, [email protected]
Catholic Charities of Central Florida’s Emergency Family Services program serves clients who are facing financial difficulties due to an unexpected financial emergency. Financial Emergencies could include: loss of a job, unexpected medical expenses, car repairs, family dissolution, natural disasters, death in the family. The program may provide financial assistance with rent/mortgage and/or utilities and referrals to other services within the community.

Catholic Charities Family Stability Initiative
http://www.cflcc.org/emergency/fsi
301 Thalia Drive, Orlando, FL 32807
Phone: 407-674-7386
Contact: Diazina Mobley, [email protected]
The Family Stability Initiative provides 3-6 months of intensive case management including: Job Counseling, Resume Reviews, Housing Assistance, Budgeting and Savings Plan, Food and Emergency Financial Assistance, Community Referrals

Catholic Charities Emergency Food Services
Semoran Food Pantry
http://www.cflcc.org/emergency/home
1771 N. Semoran Blvd., Orlando, FL 32807
Phone: 407-658-1818
Contact: Derrick Clow, [email protected]
Food Assistance is available through Catholic Charities of Central Florida’s Food Pantries.

BETA Center
http://www.betacenter.org/ 
4680 Lake Underhill Road, Orlando, Florida 32807
Phone: (407) 277-1942
Fax: (407) 381-0907
Volunteer opportunities, contact: [email protected]
Residential and emergency programs, contact: Liz High at [email protected]
Clinical programs, contact: Shea Hughes-Brand at [email protected]
School program, contact: Ivonne Rivera at [email protected]
Description: BETA Center’s mission is to give children and parents the knowledge and support needed for strong and healthy families, with a focus on teen moms and at-risk families. Parents learn about prenatal attachment, baby brain development, child development, infant mental health, school readiness and adolescence. Pregnant and parenting teens are embraced with comprehensive programs designed to meet their special needs. Youth learn coping skills and the other developmental assets needed to successfully navigate school and life. Infants thrive under developmentally stimulating care. BETA Center promotes positive parent/child interaction, and helps children and parents grow together.

LifeHope Childcare Center
www.lifehopechildcare.com
Contact: Melissa Rivera, 407-949-4017
Email: [email protected]
Business Hours: 7:15AM-6:00PM
We provide FREE childcare for infants age 6 weeks t0 18 months at our beautiful facility on the campus of Northland Church in Longwood. In exchange for childcare, the mothers must commit to bettering her situation by creating educational, professional, and spiritual goals. Mothers are expected to meet on a weekly basis with an advocate to work on these goals and track progress. Occasionally, the moms will participate in classes, workshops, or serve projects. An affiliation with a church is not required, but we would love to introduce our mothers to the many blessings that God can offer.

 

Local Food Bank

Catholic Charities Emergency Food Services
Semoran Food Pantry
http://www.cflcc.org/emergency/home
1771 N. Semoran Blvd., Orlando, FL 32807
Phone: 407-658-1818
Contact: Derrick Clow, [email protected]
Food Assistance is available through Catholic Charities of Central Florida’s Food Pantries.

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 federal programs designated to help low-income families and single mothers.

Florida Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA)
The TCA program (similar to TANF) provides cash assistance to families with children under the age of 18 or under age 19 if full time secondary (high school) school students, that meet the technical, income, and asset requirements. The program helps families become self-supporting while allowing children to remain in their own homes. Pregnant women may also receive TCA, either in the third trimester of pregnancy if unable to work, or in the 9th month of pregnancy. Parents, children and minor siblings who live together must apply together. For more information about help in Florida, please go to http://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/access-florida-food-medical-assistance-cash/temporary-cash-assistance-tca

Florida Temporary Cash Assistance
General Information: (866) 762-2237
State Office:
Department of Children and Families
1317 Winewood Boulevard Bldg. 1 Room 202
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0700
(850) 487-1111

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 IV – ATLANTA
Primary Liaison: JOSEPHINE RAGO-ADIA
Tel: (202) 401-4710; Email: [email protected]
Alternate: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee

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.