College of William and MaryWilliamsburg, virginia

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

On your campus, there are many persons and departments available to assist you in your personal, student, and parenting needs. Please consider contacting one of the following:

William and Mary Students for Life
http://www.tribeforlife.com
Email: sfl@lists.wm.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WMStudentsForLife/
William and Mary Students for Life is here to help you succeed in continuing your education by providing resources to address your unique situation as a pregnant and parenting student at the College of William and Mary. William and Mary Students for Life is happy to assist you as you seek support for your parenting and student needs. Our student group provides the following assistance and resources: Resources referrals, Assistance scheduling meetings, Coordinating with department’s on campus, Babysitting services, and Material aid.

Title IX Coordinator
http://www.wm.edu/offices/compliance/title_ix_coord/index.php
Chief Compliance Officer: Kiersten L. Boyce, J.D.
108 James Blair Hall, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Phone: (757) 221-3146
Email: klboyc@wm.edu

Dean of Students
http://www.wm.edu/offices/deanofstudents/
Dean of Students: Marjorie Thomas, J.D.
Campus Center, Room 109 College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Phone: (757) 221-2510
Email: mthomas@wm.edu

Student Health Center
http://www.wm.edu/offices/wellness/healthcenter/index.php
Mailing Address: PO Box 8795, Williamsburg, VA 23187
Physical Address: 230 Gooch Drive, Williamsburg, VA 23185
For Appointments: (757) 221-2998
For Information: (757) 221-4386
Email: sthlth@wm.edu
Services: http://www.wm.edu/offices/wellness/healthcenter/services/index.php
Student Insurance: http://www.wm.edu/offices/wellness/healthcenter/studentinsurance/index.php

Counseling Center
http://www.wm.edu/offices/wellness/counselingcenter/
Phone: (757) 221-3620
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am-12pm and 1pm-5pm
FAQs: http://www.wm.edu/offices/wellness/counselingcenter/faqs/index.php

Student Accessibility Services
http://www.wm.edu/offices/deanofstudents/about/meet_the_staff/student_accessibility_services/index.php
Director Lesley Henderson
Office of the Dean of Students, Campus Center 107, PO Box 8795, Williamsburg VA 23187-8795
Phone: (757) 221-2509
Email: ljhenderson@wm.edu

Residence Life
http://www.wm.edu/offices/residencelife/index.php
Phone: (757) 221-4314
Email: living@wm.edu
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30am-5pm

Class Options

The College of William and Mary offers flexible class hour options including morning, afternoon, and evening classes. The latest evening classes that are offered go from 5 PM – 6:20 PM. For more information regarding class times and classes offered you can contact the Registrar’s office at (757) 221-2800 or registrar@wm.edu.

Other academic support resources include:

Peer-to-Peer Support

William and Mary Students for Life is here to help you succeed in continuing your education by providing resources to address your unique situation as a pregnant and parenting student at the College of William and Mary. William and Mary Students for Life is happy to assist you as you seek support for your parenting and student needs. Our student group provides the following assistance and resources:

  • Resources referrals
  • Assistance scheduling meetings
  • Coordinating with departments on campus
  • Babysitting services
  • Material aid

Please contact us at sfl@lists.wm.edu for more information. More information about our Pregnant on Campus Initiative can be found online at:

Policies Concerning Pregnant & Parenting Students

The following policies are in place at the College of William and Mary. All of these policies, as well as addition information, can be found at http://www.wm.edu/offices/compliance/topics/pregnancy/Students%20and%20Title%20IX/index.php

  • Title IX prohibits the discrimination on the basis of sex – including pregnancy, parenting, and all related conditions in all educational programs and activities that receive federal funding.
  • Absences must be excused due to pregnancy or any related condition for as long as a doctor deems it medically necessary.
  • When a student returns to the university after they have left, they must be reinstated to the status held before leaving.
  • Students must be allowed to make up any work missed while being out due to pregnancy, or any related conditions, including medically necessary “bed rest” prior to giving birth, and recovery from childbirth.
  • Lactating mothers have the right to a space, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view, has a lock, and is free from intrusion to express milk or breast feed.
  • Students are not permitted to bring their infants or children into classrooms.

If you have any questions regarding these policies, please contact the Title IX Coordinator (Kiersten L. Boyce, J.D. at (757) 221-3146 or klboyc@wm.edu ) — or Student Affairs at (757)221-1236 or studentaffairs@wm.edu.

Resources for Pregnant and Parenting Students

Housing

Housing On Campus

In accordance with Title IX, you cannot be “kicked out” of your campus housing during your pregnancy. However, you may be required to move to a family housing option after your baby is born. For more information about available options, please contact Residence Life.

Residence Life
http://www.wm.edu/offices/residencelife/index.php
Phone: (757) 221-4314
Email: living@wm.edu
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30am-5pm

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.

Grace House
1125 S 16th Street, Harrisburg, VA 17104
Phone: (717) 238-1819
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Grace-House-Harrisburg-Pa/328349571279

Liberty Godparent Home
124 Liberty Mountain Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24502
http://www.godparentfoundation.org/maternity/
Phone: (434) 845-3466
Toll-Free: 1-800-542-4453
Fax: 434.845.1751
Email: info@godparent.org

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:

 

Saint Bede HOPE Pregnancy Care Center
http://www.bedeva.org/106
1315 Jamestown Rd., Suite 202, Williamsburg VA
Phone:  757- 220-6222
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 10:30 am – 3:00 pm
Services: Pregnancy Testing, Ultrasound, Material Aid (e.g. diapers, maternity and baby clothes, baby gear), After Abortion Support, Community Referrals

 

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 Virginia, please call 1-888-942-3663.

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 Virginia, please go to http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/outreach/states/virginia.htm, or call 1-800-552-3431 or 804-726-7000 (in-state).

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

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

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

Diaper Changing Stations
There are diaper decks located in the bathrooms of all the graduate school buildings such as the Business School, School of Education, Law School, and VIMS.

Lactation Spaces
See “Lactation Rooms on Campus” section for list of available rooms.

Stroller Accessible Facilities
Sidewalks are everywhere. There are elevators in most buildings. Residence halls do not have elevators. There are ramps for classrooms as well.

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 state’s child support department: Virginia Division of Child Support Enforcement

Virginia Division of Child Support 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/. Call 866-656-6642, or email onlineapp@supportkids.com, for more information.

Lactation Rooms on Campus

Lactation Rights and Resources for Students
http://www.wm.edu/offices/compliance/topics/pregnancy/Lactation/Lactation%20Resources%20for%20Students/index.php

Lactating mothers have the right to a space, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view, has a lock, and is free from intrusion to express milk or breast feed. While students are free to breast feed in any location they and their infant child are authorized to be in, infants and small children are not permitted in classrooms. Reasonable accommodations will be made for lactating students. For assistance and more information, contact Student Accessibility Services (757) 221-2509.

The following on-campus locations have rooms that may be used for lactation. For more information about specific room locations and to coordinate use of the space, please reach out to the contact person listed below. While this list provides information about buildings and spaces that have been set aside for lactation, Student Accessibility Services will work with students to find other spaces as needed.

  • Hornsby House
    Sharron Gatling sggatl@wm.edu (757)221-2615
  • School of Education
    Liz Kiewiet ejkiew@wm.edu (757) 221-6027
    *Room 1105 is accessible to anyone and can be locked from the inside.
  • VIMS
    Jennifer Latour jennifer@vims.edu (804) 684-7103
  • Law School
    Liz Jackson lajac1@wm.edu (757) 221-3782
  • School of Business
    Josh Andelin jandelin@mason.wm.edu (757) 221-4665
    *Room 2027A can be used for this purpose; call to coordinate use.
  • Swem Library
    (757) 221-3072
    Room 308, located on the third floor; Access to the room is available during library operating hours, and is available on a first come first serve basis. To use the room, check out the key at the Circulation Desk on the first floor. You will need to show an ID to check out the key (W&M ID or Driver’s License).

Insurance

Insurance For Low-Income Families

Your health is paramount to not only your family, but to you. One of the main problems that young single parents face in the healthcare arena is… affordability! It is crucial that families have the type of plan that will give the best service, the best coverage and the best rates. Plans are varied and each profile is unique to the family and to the company you are applying to. We all need healthcare. Today your family might be healthy, but tomorrow a catastrophic illness or accident could strike. You will need the confidence in knowing that insurance is there to protect your assets.

State Insurance Options

For information on Virginia benefits, see here: http://www.benefits.gov/benefits/browse-by-state/state/VA

FAMIS MOMS

http://www.benefits.gov/benefits/benefit-details/1363

FAMIS MOMS is Virginia’s health insurance program for uninsured pregnant women. This program provides access to quality health services for pregnant women. FAMIS covers all the medical services a pregnant woman needs to avoid getting sick and to ensure the best start for her baby. Services covered by FAMIS MOMS include all the FAMIS services appropriate to the pregnant woman’s age, plus prenatal and delivery services such as doctor visits, hospital visits, prescription medicine, tests and emergency care. There are no enrollment costs or monthly premiums for FAMIS. When you get care there may be a small fee called a co-pay for some services. Most co-payments are just $2 or $5 – FAMIS MOMS covers the rest.

Your School Policy

To adjust your school insurance policy, you will need to work with your financial aid or business office on campus. If you think that you are pregnant but are uncomfortable with confronting your financial aid office, you may also call your health center to find out whether your school insurance policy allows students to add on children onto their policy.

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.

FAMIS

FAMIS is Virginia’s health insurance program for children. It provides access to quality health services for children who do not have health insurance. FAMIS Plus is Virginia’s name for children’s Medicaid. FAMIS Plus also provides great benefits and covers children in families with low or no income, even if the children are covered by health insurance. For more information, see here: http://www.vahealth.org/DCN/cacfp/documents/pdf/FAMIS%20Flyer%20FY14.pdf

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 Virginia- such as the Bennie J. Barron Single Parent Memorial Scholarship ($500, Fairfax County)- 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 Virginia. A longer list of Virginia adoption agencies can be found at AdoptionServices.org: http://www.adoptionservices.org/domestic_adoption_agencies/adoption_agencies_virginia.htm

James City County Social Services
http://jamescitycountyva.gov/294/Adoption
5249 Olde Towne Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188
Phone: 757-259-3149
Email: dss@jamescitycountyva.gov
Adoption Services Offered: The Social Services Department provides court-ordered home studies on families who meet income and agency guidelines as well as home investigations and referrals for special needs children listed in the Adoption Resource Exchange of Virginia.

Bethany Christian Services
https://www.bethany.org/fredericksburg
5610 Southpoint Centre Blvd, #107, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22407
Phone: (540) 373-5165
Services: Pregnancy Support, Infant Adoption, Foster Care Adoption, International Adoption
Since 1944, Bethany Christian Services has been reaching out to children who are alone or vulnerable. As a worldwide and community leader in adoption and family services, we know that a child’s best chance to thrive is as part of a safe, loving, forever family.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington, Inc.
305 Hanson Avenue, Suite 180, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Phone: (540) 371-1124
Fax: (540) 371-9038

Children’s Home Society of Virginia
http://chsva.org/
4200 Fitzhugh Avenue, Richmond, VA 23230
Phone: 804-353-0191
Email: info@chsva.org
Text: 804-370-3884
Information for Birth Parents: http://chsva.org/birth-parents/pregnancy-counseling/
At Children’s Home Society, our counselors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you explore your options and assist you in deciding what is best for your baby. Whether you choose parenting or adoption, we will be there to support you during your pregnancy and after your baby is born.

 

 

 

 

 

United Methodist Family Services of Virginia, Inc.
4621 Carr Drive, Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Phone: (540) 898-1773
Fax: (540) 898-5523

 

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 ncfa@adoptioncouncil.org.

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 info@adoption-share.com

 

 

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 ann@nurturingnetwork.org

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 info@iembracegrace.com.

Other Birth Mother Resources

 

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’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 info@giftofadoption.org

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 Info@BrittanysHope.org for more information.

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

Counseling

Pregnancy Options

On campus, testing and counseling options:

William & Mary Health Center
Pregnancy Testing and Counseling
http://www.wm.edu/offices/wellness/healthcenter/services/womenshealth/pregnancytestingandcounseling/
230 Gooch Drive, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Call the Health Center appointment line at (757) 221-2998. Testing, counseling, and support will be provided whether your test is negative or positive.
For more information or questions concerning pregnancy testing, please call the Health Center at (757) 221-4386.

Locally, you can find confidential support and counseling to help you in your pregnancy decisions:
Saint Bede HOPE Pregnancy Care Center
http://www.bedeva.org/106
1315 Jamestown Road, Suite 202, Williamsburg VA
Phone:  757- 220-6222
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 10:30 am – 3:00 pm
Services: Pregnancy Testing, Ultrasound, Material Aid (e.g. diapers, maternity and baby clothes, baby gear), After Abortion Support, Community Referrals

Care Net Resource Pregnancy Centers
http://www.carenetrpc.com/
1158 Professional Drive, Suite N, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Services: Options Information, Material Aid, Parenting Classes, Parenting Support
Phone: 757-220-0202
Hours: Tuesday/Thursday, 9am-5pm
Also located at: 11747 Jefferson Ave. Suite 3H, Newport News, VA 23606

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.

Saint Bede HOPE Pregnancy Care Center
http://www.bedeva.org/106
1315 Jamestown Road, Suite 202, Williamsburg VA
Phone:  757- 220-6222
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 10:30 am – 3:00 pm
Services: Pregnancy Testing, Ultrasound, Material Aid (e.g. diapers, maternity and baby clothes, baby gear), After Abortion Support, Community Referrals

Abortion Recovery
http://www.abortionrecovery.org
Email info@abortionrecovery.org 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

The Pregnant on Campus Initiative strives to provide a variety of resource recommendations for each student’s unique needs. If you need emotional, mental, or even spiritual support, do not be afraid to reach out to professional assistance in your community. They are there to support and help you!

William & Mary Counseling Center
http://www.wm.edu/offices/wellness/counselingcenter/index.php
Phone: 757-221-3620
“The Counseling Center offers a range of mental health services to students wanting help with personal concerns. Our staff specializes in the developmental issues and clinical concerns common to college students such as relationship and family issues, academic and personal stress, identity development and personal growth. Our services include outreach and presentation activities; individual, couples, and group therapy; as well as consultation to friends, faculty, and parents/guardians concerned about a student in distress. We respond to crisis situations by providing immediate intervention, stabilization and support. Students wishing to use our services can do so at no charge by calling for an initial assessment appointment. The Counseling Center is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services, Inc. and costs are covered by student fees.”

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
(800 799-SAFE (7233) or (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

Saint Bede HOPE Pregnancy Care Center
http://www.bedeva.org/106
1315 Jamestown Rd., Suite 202, Williamsburg VA
Phone:  757- 220-6222
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 10:30 am – 3:00 pm
Services: Pregnancy Testing, Ultrasound, Material Aid (e.g. diapers, maternity and baby clothes, baby gear), After Abortion Support, Community Referrals

Local Food Bank

Food banks are commonly found in all areas across the nation and can be accessed by anyone in their time of need. Donations come from grocery stores, wholesalers, restaurant owners and individuals. Once the food is brought in, volunteers sort and pack food kits for families in need. Single mothers can apply with their local food bank to receive assistance with obtaining food. In many cases, single mothers who make too much money to receive additional state or federal benefits are able to receive food donations from food banks.

 

Food Pantries.org

FoodPantries.org provides a full list of local food pantries. For a listing of Virginia food pantries, see here: http://www.foodpantries.org/st/virginia 

 

Feeding America
Feeding America is committed to helping end the fight against hunger. For a listing of food banks in Virginia, please go to: http://www.feedingamerica.org/find-your-local-foodbank/?zip=&state=VA

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

Virginia Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
Virginia TANF is a state assistance program that provides temporary cash assistance, food stamps, and other services to single mothers and low-income individuals, showing a need. For more information about help in Virginia, please go to http://www.dss.virginia.gov/benefit/tanf/index.cgi

Virginia Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
General Information: (855) 635-4370

State Office:
Department of Social Services
801 E. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219
(800) 552-3431

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: william.kim@acf.hhs.gov
Alternate: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia

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.