West Virginia UniversityMorgantown, west-virginia 26506

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 campus, you can contact offices and persons who can assist you in your personal and student needs. You may wish to contact the following:

WVU Student Health
http://wvumedicine.org/hospitals-and-institutes/student-health/
390 Birch Street, Morgantown, WV 26505
Make an appointment: 304-285-7200
Clinic Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-8pm; Saturday, 10am-4pm, Sunday, Closed

Mounaineer Pharmacy
http://wvumedicine.org/services/pharmacies/mountaineer-pharmacy/
390 Birch Street, Morgantown, WV 26505
Phone: 304-285-7348
Pharmacy hours: Monday-Saturday, 8am-8pm; Sunday, 10am-6pm

WVU Urgent Care
http://wvumedicine.org/hospitals-and-institutes/urgent-care/
301 Suncrest Towne Centre Drive, between McDonalds and Wesbanco in the Suncrest Towne Center
Phone: 304-599-CARE (2273)
Suncrest Location Hours:
Hours: Daily, 8am-8pm. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Evansdale Location: 390 Birch Street, in the WVU Health and Education Building.
Evansdale Location Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-8pm; Saturday, 10am-4pm; Closed Sunday
Services: http://wvumedicine.org/hospitals-and-institutes/urgent-care/urgent-care-services/

Financial Aid Office
Morgantown – Mountaineer Hub
2nd Floor Evansdale Crossing, 62 Morrill Way, PO Box 6004, Morgantown, WV 26506
Phone: (304) 293-1WVU (1988)
Fax: (304) 293-4890
Email: [email protected]
Contacts and Locations: http://financialaid.wvu.edu/contact
Financial Aid and Scholarships: http://financialaid.wvu.edu/aid-and-scholarships
Resources: http://financialaid.wvu.edu/resource

Student Academic Support
http://diversity.wvu.edu/di/studentsupport/academic
Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
1085 Van Voorhis Road (next to Applebee’s on Evansdale Campus)

Office of Accessibility Services
http://accessibilityservices.wvu.edu/
Phone: 304-293-6700
Email: [email protected]

WVU Advance: Lactation Networks
http://advance.wvu.edu/faculty_equity_initiatives/lactation_networks
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (304) 293-0270
This resource lists lactation (breastfeeding) locations available for WVU faculty, staff, or students. The faculty, staff, or student must provide her own pump, adapter, and accessories as well as a small cooler or insulated bag.

Peer-to-Peer Support

At West Virginia University, you can find peer-to-peer support with the student group Mountaineers for Life.You can learn more about the Mountaineers for Life on their Facebook, or by contacting the group at [email protected].

Housing

Housing Off Campus

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

New Beginnings Maternity Home
980 Stewartstown Road, Morgantown WV 26505
Phone: 304-599-6003
Business Hours: Available by phone 24/7.
Services: 24 Hour Helpline, Options Information, Material Aid, Adoption Support, Maternity Home, After Abortion Support, Parenting Classes, Parenting Support, STD/STI Information, Mentoring, Men’s Program

Choices for Life Pregnancy Center
980 Stewartstown Road, Morgantown, WV 26505
Phone: 304-599-030024 Hour Helpline, Options Information, Material Aid, Adoption Support, Maternity Home, After Abortion Support, Parenting Classes, Parenting Support, STD/STI Information, Mentoring

Choices for Life Pregnancy Center
3461 University Avenue, Morgantown, WV 26505,
Phone: 304-599-0300
Business Hours: MWTHF 10a-5p
Services: 24 Hour Helpline, Options Information, Material Aid, Adoption Support, Maternity Home, After Abortion Support, Parenting Classes, Parenting Support, STD/STI Information, Mentoring

Birthright
http://birthright.org/en/landingpage/lp-morgantown
Phone: 304-296-0277
Business Hours: M 10AM-2PM, T 2PM-6PM, W 10AM-2PM, R 10AM-2PM, F 2PM-6PM
Services: Confidential help, friendship and emotional support, free pregnancy tests, medical referrals, legal referrals, educational assistance and referrals, maternity and baby clothes, housing referrals, referrals to social agencies, referrals for professional counseling.

 

 

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:

Birthright
http://birthright.org/en/landingpage/lp-morgantown
Phone: 304-296-0277
Business Hours: M 10AM-2PM, T 2PM-6PM, W 10AM-2PM, R 10AM-2PM, F 2PM-6PM
Services: Confidential help, friendship and emotional support, free pregnancy tests, medical referrals, legal referrals, educational assistance and referrals, maternity and baby clothes, housing referrals, referrals to social agencies, referrals for professional counseling.

New Beginnings Maternity Home
980 Stewartstown Road, Morgantown WV 26505
Phone: 304-599-6003
Business Hours: Available by phone 24/7.
Services: 24 Hour Helpline, Options Information, Material Aid, Adoption Support, Maternity Home, After Abortion Support, Parenting Classes, Parenting Support, STD/STI Information, Mentoring, Men’s Program

Choices for Life Pregnancy Center
980 Stewartstown Road, Morgantown WV 26505
Phone: 304-599-030024 Hour Helpline, Options Information, Material Aid, Adoption Support, Maternity Home, After Abortion Support, Parenting Classes, Parenting Support, STD/STI Information, Mentoring

Choices for Life Pregnancy Center
3461 University Avenue, Morgantown WV 26505,
Phone: 304-599-0300
Business Hours: MWTHF 10a-5p
Services: 24 Hour Helpline, Options Information, Material Aid, Adoption Support, Maternity Home, After Abortion Support, Parenting Classes, Parenting Support, STD/STI Information, Mentoring

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. Learn more about WIC benefits here: http://wic.fns.usda.gov/wps/pages/start.jsf.

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 West Virginia, please go to http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/outreach/states/west-virginia.htm, or call 1-800-642-8589.

 

Food Pantries.org
Foodpantries.org provides a full list of local food pantries. For a listing of Wisconsin food pantries, see here: http://www.foodpantries.org/st/west_virginia

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

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.

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 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: West Virginia Bureau for Child Support Enforcement.

West Virginia Bureau for Child Support Enforcement

Telephone: (304) 558-3780

Toll Free: 1-800-249-3778

Fax: (304) 558-8360
Email: DHHRBCSECentral [email protected]

Mailing: West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources

West Virginia Bureau for Child Support Enforcement

350 Capitol Street, Room 147
Charleston, WV 25301-3703

SupportKids

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

Lactation Rooms on Campus

WVU Advance: Lactation Networks
http://advance.wvu.edu/faculty_equity_initiatives/lactation_networks
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (304) 293-0270
This resource lists lactation (breastfeeding) locations available for WVU faculty, staff, or students. The faculty, staff, or student must provide her own pump, adapter, and accessories as well as a small cooler or insulated bag.

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.

To find information on available state health insurance programs, you will need to go to your state’s Department of Economic Security. Information on health insurance may be found on your state’s government site under the title of “Health and Safety” or the like.  For example, Massachusetts health insurance options are found here: http://www.mass.gov/portal/health-safety/health-insurance/

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.

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 West Virginia 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 West Virginia. This list was retrieved from AdoptionServices.org :http://www.adoptionservices.org/domestic_adoption_agencies/adoption_agencies_west_virginia.htm

Adoptions From The Heart
PO Box 2057
Beaver, WV 25813
Phone: (304) 763-5400
Fax: (304) 763-5201
Toll-Free: (800) 355-5500

Burlington United Methodist Family Services
RR3
Box 346A
Grafton, WV 26354
Phone: (304) 265-1338
Fax: (304) 757-9136

Burlington United Methodist Family Services
RR3, Box 3122
Keyser, WV 26726
Phone: (304) 788-2342
Fax: (304) 788-2409

Children’s Home Society of West Virginia
165 Scott Avenue
Suite 106
Morgantown, WV 26508
Phone: (304) 284-0992
Toll-Free: (866) 700-4292

Children’s Home Society of West Virginia
PO Box 2942
Charleston, WV 25330
Phone: (304) 345-3894
Fax: (304) 345-3899
Toll-Free: (800) 854-1544

Children’s Home Society of West Virginia
PO Box 5533
1805 Honaker Avenue
Princeton, WV 24740
Phone: (304) 431-2424

Children’s Home Society of West Virginia
815 West King Street
Suite 200
Martinsburg, WV 25401
Phone: (304) 264-0225
Toll-Free: (877) 837-5814

More Information on Adoption

Help with the Adoption Process

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

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

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

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

Lifetime Adoption

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

Faithful Adoption Consultants

http://www.faithfuladoptionconsultants.com/

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

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

 

Birthparent Support

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

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

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.embracegrace.com

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

Other Birth Mother Resources

 

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 [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 the following facilites. To find these and more resources visit https://helpinyourarea.com/west-virginia/

Birthright
http://birthright.org/en/landingpage/lp-morgantown
Phone: 304-296-0277
Business Hours: M 10AM-2PM, T 2PM-6PM, W 10AM-2PM, R 10AM-2PM, F 2PM-6PM
Services: Confidential help, friendship and emotional support, free pregnancy tests, medical referrals, legal referrals, educational assistance and referrals, maternity and baby clothes, housing referrals, referrals to social agencies, referrals for professional counseling.

 

Compass Women’s Center
https://compass4women.org/
265 High Street 6th Floor Morgantown, WV 26505
Phone: 304-212-2393
Walk-in Hours:
Monday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tuesday 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wednesday and Friday by appointment

On campus, you can find the following health services:

WVU Student Health
http://wvumedicine.org/hospitals-and-institutes/student-health/
390 Birch Street, Morgantown, WV 26505
Make an appointment: 304-285-7200
Clinic Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-8pm; Saturday, 10am-4pm, Sunday, Closed

Mounaineer Pharmacy
http://wvumedicine.org/services/pharmacies/mountaineer-pharmacy/
390 Birch Street, Morgantown, WV 26505
Phone: 304-285-7348
Pharmacy hours: Monday-Saturday, 8am-8pm; Sunday, 10am-6pm

WVU Urgent Care
http://wvumedicine.org/hospitals-and-institutes/urgent-care/
301 Suncrest Towne Centre Drive, between McDonalds and Wesbanco in the Suncrest Towne Center
Phone: 304-599-CARE (2273)
Suncrest Location Hours:
Hours: Daily, 8am-8pm. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Evansdale Location: 390 Birch Street, in the WVU Health and Education Building.
Evansdale Location Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-8pm; Saturday, 10am-4pm; Closed Sunday
Services: http://wvumedicine.org/hospitals-and-institutes/urgent-care/urgent-care-services/

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.

New Beginnings Maternity Home
980 Stewartstown Road, Morgantown WV 26505
Phone: 304-599-6003
Business Hours: Available by phone 24/7.
Services: 24 Hour Helpline, Options Information, Material Aid, Adoption Support, Maternity Home, After Abortion Support, Parenting Classes, Parenting Support, STD/STI Information, Mentoring, Men’s Program

Choices for Life Pregnancy Center
980 Stewartstown Road, Morgantown WV 26505
Phone: 304-599-030024 Hour Helpline, Options Information, Material Aid, Adoption Support, Maternity Home, After Abortion Support, Parenting Classes, Parenting Support, STD/STI Information, Mentoring

Choices for Life Pregnancy Center
3461 University Avenue, Morgantown WV 26505,
Phone: 304-599-0300
Business Hours: MWTHF 10a-5p
Services: 24 Hour Helpline, Options Information, Material Aid, Adoption Support, Maternity Home, After Abortion Support, Parenting Classes, Parenting Support, STD/STI Information, Mentoring

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.

 

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

Birthright
http://birthright.org/en/landingpage/lp-morgantown
Phone: 304-296-0277
Business Hours: M 10AM-2PM, T 2PM-6PM, W 10AM-2PM, R 10AM-2PM, F 2PM-6PM
Services: Confidential help, friendship and emotional support, free pregnancy tests, medical referrals, legal referrals, educational assistance and referrals, maternity and baby clothes, housing referrals, referrals to social agencies, referrals for professional counseling.

New Beginnings Maternity Home
980 Stewartstown Road, Morgantown WV 26505
Phone: 304-599-6003
Business Hours: Available by phone 24/7.
Services: 24 Hour Helpline, Options Information, Material Aid, Adoption Support, Maternity Home, After Abortion Support, Parenting Classes, Parenting Support, STD/STI Information, Mentoring, Men’s Program

Choices for Life Pregnancy Center
980 Stewartstown Road, Morgantown WV 26505
Phone: 304-599-030024 Hour Helpline, Options Information, Material Aid, Adoption Support, Maternity Home, After Abortion Support, Parenting Classes, Parenting Support, STD/STI Information, Mentoring

Choices for Life Pregnancy Center
3461 University Avenue, Morgantown WV 26505,
Phone: 304-599-0300
Business Hours: MWTHF 10a-5p
Services: 24 Hour Helpline, Options Information, Material Aid, Adoption Support, Maternity Home, After Abortion Support, Parenting Classes, Parenting Support, STD/STI Information, Mentoring

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.

Washington TANF and WorkFirst Program
West Virginia’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program is WV WORKS. It is based on the goals of assisting economically dependent and at-risk families to become self supporting, enhancing the well-being of children, and on assisting families near the poverty level to remain self-sufficient. WV WORKS provides monthly cash assistance to eligible families. Most people who receive a monthly WV WORKS check also receive SNAP and Medicaid, but these are not guaranteed based just on receipt of a check.
For more information about help in West Virgnia, please go tohttp://www.wvdhhr.org/bcf/family_assistance/wvworks.asp

West Virginia Works Program
General Information: (877) 716-1212
State Office:
Department of Health and Human Resources
Division of Family Assistance
350 Capitol Street, Room B-18
Charleston, WV 25301
(304) 558-8290

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

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

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.