Yale UniversityNew Haven, connecticut 06520

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

There are many persons and departments at Yale that are available to assist you in your pregnancy, parenting, and student needs. Here are some contacts that may be helpful for you:

Choose Life at Yale (CLAY)
http://www.chooselifeatyale.org
Contact CLAY for peer-to-peer support. CLAY members are happy to accompany you to appointments. They will assist you find the resources that you need to receive the support and resources that you need.
Email: [email protected]
Recommended Resources: http://www.chooselifeatyale.org/#!pregnancy-at-yale/oh77a

Obstetric Services at Yale Health Services
Phone: (203)-432-0222
Physicians and certified nurse midwives (CNMs) provide pre-natal, delivery, and post-partum services for routine and high-risk pregnancies in a group practice setting. Most births take place at Yale-New Haven Hospital. The usual hospital stay is one to two days for uncomplicated vaginal deliveries and three to four days for caesarean deliveries. YHP’s Special Delivery program offers two home nursing and homemaker services visits up to a $200 maximum for women who are discharged within 24 hours after vaginal deliveries and 72 hours after c-sections. The department also offers monthly classes, including an early pregnancy class for women in the first and early second trimesters, and a post-partum reunion group, where new mothers share information and provide support. Babies are examined by a YHP pediatrician shortly after birth. Expectant parents are encouraged to make an appointment with a pediatrician before delivery in order to get acquainted with the YHP pediatric staff. (Courtesy of Student Handbook)

Pediatric Services at Yale Health Services
Phone: (203)-432-0206
Physicians and pediatric nurse practitioners provide primary care to children and adolescents through the Pediatrics Department. Services include routine checkups, immunizations, school and camp physicals, care for sick children, and emergency care. Routine appointments for well child care should be scheduled by calling 203-432-0206. Same-day appointments for sick children are scheduled during specific time periods in order to accommodate urgent needs while at the same time minimizing exposure of healthy children. After hours, children with urgent medical needs can be brought to YHP’s Urgent Care Department. (Courtesy of Student Handbook)

Title IX Coordinators
http://provost.yale.edu/title-ix/coordinators
If you are experiencing pregnancy or parenting discrimination and need assistance, contact this office.
Email: [email protected]

Yale Housing
http://housing.yale.edu/about-us
Management and support staff are located in two main offices. YH is located on the ground level of 420 Temple St (Helen Hadley Hall dormitory). The Harkness Housing Office, a satellite of YH, is located at 367 Cedar St (ES Harkness Hall dormitory).

Yale Financial Aid
http://finaid.yale.edu
Student Financial Services, 246 Church Street, 1st Floor, New Haven, CT 06510
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Phone: 203-432-2700
Types of Aid: http://finaid.yale.edu/costs-affordability/types-aid-and-other-financial-resources

Yale Mental Health and Counseling
http://yalehealth.yale.edu/mentalhealth
Location: 55 Lock Street, 3rd Floor
Phone: 203-432-0290
Phone hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5:00 pm
Appointments are generally available from 8:00 am-6:00 pm weekdays; after hours and on weekends, emergency care is available through the Acute Care Department at 203-432-0123.

Yale Public Safety
http://publicsafety.yale.edu
EMERGENCIES: 911
Police: 203-432-4400
Security:203-785-5555
Security Safe Rides: 203-432-9255, 203-432-6330

Peer-to-Peer Support

Pregnant? We can help. You have options. You can Choose Life.
Please contact the student group CLAY for peer-to-peer support. CLAY members are happy to accompany you to appointments. They will assist you find the resources that you need to receive the support and resources that you need. Emails CLAY at [email protected]. For more information, you can check out this page on Choose Life at Yale’s new website, http://www.chooselifeatyale.org.

Housing

Housing On Campus

*Please note: According to federal law (Title IX), a pregnant student is allowed to stay on campus throughout her pregnancy. A student cannot be kicked off of campus or lose housing due pregnancy; doing so would be in violation of Title IX. However, it is strongly encouraged that you contact Residence Life/Housing to discuss your options for after your child is born.

Yale University offers a variety of on- and off-campus housing options. Please go to http://www.yale.edu/housing/ to learn more about housing options.

Housing Off Campus

**Choose Life at Yale (CLAY) members are happy to accompany you to office appointments. Contact the group at this email: [email protected]**

Birthright International provides housing referrals and many other services for pregnant women, such as pregnancy testing, counseling, legal referrals, maternity and baby clothes, social agency referral, information on other community services, etc.

There are 6 Birthright locations with 25 miles of New Haven, CT. These locations are:

  • 1220 Whitney Ave Hamden, CT 06517 (203)248-6550
  • 76 Campbell Ave West Haven, CT 06516 (203)934-3105
  • 105 Olivia St. Derby, CT 06418 (203)734-6545
  • 71 Catlin St.* Meriden, CT 06450 (203)237-9887 *Rm. 202, Kennedy Building
  • 147 E. Main St. #6 Clinton, CT 06413 (860)664-9466
  • 106 Prince Rd. Rocky Point, NY 11778 (631)821-9727

St. Gianna’s Pregnancy Crisis Center
100 Whitney Avenue, Suite C8, New Haven CT 06510
Phone: (203) 624-BABY (2229)
Email: [email protected]
http://www.giannacenter.org
St. Gianna’s Pregnancy Crisis Center offers assistance in obtaining housing. Other services include: 24/7 Hotline; Free Confidential Pregnancy Testing; Assistance in obtaining legal aid, pre-natal care, maternity supplies, childbirth and care programs, educational assistance, post abortion programs, and adoption information.

 

Mary and Joseph’s Place
12 Village Street, North Haven, CT 06473
Phone: (203) 777-3585
Mary and Joseph’s Place offers housing for pregnant and parenting women in need. Other services include: 24/7 toll free hotline, support, advice, referrals, free confidential pregnancy testing. This organization also offers free assistance in obtaining: Financial and legal aid; pre-natal care; housing; emergency food and transportation; maternity and baby supplies; childbirth and child-care programs; educational assistance; adoption information; post-abortion programs and support; abstinence and STD education.

Hopeline Pregnancy Resource Center
4749 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT 6606
Phone: 800-203-4673
Business Hours: M-F 9a-5p**After Hours Appointments Available Through OptionLine**
Services Provided: Material Aid, Adoption Support, Housing Referrals, After Abortion Support, Parenting Classes, Men’s Program

Clothing/Food Assistance

Maternity Clothes and Baby Items

**Choose Life at Yale (CLAY) members are happy to accompany you to office appointments. Contact the group at this email: [email protected]om**

There are over 35+ Crisis Pregnancy Centers in Connecticut. They are listed here http://www.lifecall.org/cpc/connecticut.html, courtesy of LifeCall. They provide many services for free or reduced prices, including (but not limited to) pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, counseling, and referrals. More pregnancy help locations are found at www.optionline.org

Birthright International provides the following services for pregnant women: Free pregnancy testing, Completely confidential help, Non-judgmental and caring advice, Friendship and emotional support, Legal, medical, and educational referrals (legal, medical, educational), Prenatal information, Maternity and baby clothes, Housing referrals, Social agency referrals, Information on other community services, Adoption information

Birthright Locations:
There are 6 Birthright locations with 25 miles of New Haven, CT.
1220 Whitney Ave Hamden, CT 06517 (203)248-6550
76 Campbell Ave West Haven, CT 06516 (203)934-3105
105 Olivia St. Derby, CT 06418 (203)734-6545
71 Catlin St.* Meriden, CT 06450 (203)237-9887 *Rm. 202, Kennedy Building
147 E. Main St. #6 Clinton, CT 06413 (860)664-9466
106 Prince Rd. Rocky Point, NY 11778 (631)821-9727

Hopeline Pregnancy Resource Center
23 Bridgeport Shelton CT 6484
Phone: (203) 924-1211
Business Hours: MTWThu 9a-3p; Can meet off hours for client.
Services Provided: Options Information, Material Aid, After Abortion Support, Parenting Classes, STD/STI Information
Website: http://www.hopelineprc.org/

St. Gianna’s Pregnancy Crisis Center
100 Whitney Avenue, Suite C8, New Haven CT 06510
Phone: (203) 624-BABY (2229)
Email: [email protected]
http://www.giannacenter.org
St. Gianna’s Pregnancy Crisis Center services include: 24/7 Hotline; Free Confidential Pregnancy Testing; Assistance in obtaining legal aid, pre-natal care, maternity supplies, childbirth and care programs, educational assistance, post abortion programs, and adoption information; Housing.

 

Mary and Joseph’s Place
12 Village Street, North Haven, CT 06473
Phone: (203) 777-3585
Mary and Joseph’s Place services include: 24/7 toll free hotline, support, advice, referrals, free confidential pregnancy testing. This organization also offers free assistance in obtaining: Financial and legal aid; pre-natal care; housing; emergency food and transportation; maternity and baby supplies; childbirth and child-care programs; educational assistance; adoption information; post-abortion programs and support; abstinence and STD education.

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 Connecticut, please call 1-800-741-2142.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps
If eligible, the SNAP program will help pay your grocery bill so that you and your child can eat well while you attend school. To be eligible, students must be a single parent who has a child under age of 6 in the home. The applicant may not have over 2,000 in cash or bank account assets. Student loans do not count as assets. To apply for SNAP, find your local office here: http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/outreach/map.htm. For help in Connecticut, please go to http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/outreach/states/connecticut.htm, or call 1-866-974-SNAP.

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

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

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

**CLAY student members are happy to help personally guide you through the childcare selection process. Please contact CLAY at this email: [email protected]**

There are many child care options for Yale students, faculty and staff. The Yale WorkLife website has several programs listed. These programs are provided at this link: http://www.yale.edu/hronline/worklife/ccd.html
The Yale University Child Care Directory (PDF) is an excellent resource. This can be found here: http://www.yale.edu/hronline/daycare/childcaredir.pdf. It provides “detailed information on over 80 child care programs, resources for families with young children, and guidelines to assist families in choosing quality child care.”

Paper copies of the Child Care Directory can be found at these locations:

  • Benefits Office, 155 Whitney Avenue
  • Medical School Human Resources, 153 College Street
  • Yale Child Study Center, 230 S. Frontage Road
  • OD and Learning Center, 221 Whitney Avenue

The following are Yale Affiliated Child Care Centers:

  • Calvin Hill Day Care Center and the Kitty Lustman Findling Kindergarten
  • Edith B. Jackson Child Care Program
  • Phyllis Bodel Childcare Center at the Yale School of Medicine
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital Day Care Center
  • YLS Early Learning Center
Other Tips for Affordable Childcare

ChildcareCenter.us
http://childcarecenter.us/
The Child Care Center website is the largest directory for childcare services in the nation, with over 250,000 childcare centers, home daycare providers, nannies, and babysitters to give you the best choices possible for your child’s care. Use this resources to identify available providers in your state.

Care.com
https://www.care.com
Care.com is the world’s largest online destination for care. We connect families with great caregivers and caring companies to help you be there for the ones you love. Care.com provides a database for caregivers (e.g. babysitters, nannies, daycare centers). On this website, parents can post the job (including descriptions of your needs for child care, age of your child, any special requirements). You can also search for caregivers in your area and review the profiles of potential caregivers.

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

Local Church Affiliations: Another great option is to approach your local church about after school care or extended daycare hours. Usually, they will offer church members free care or very cheap assistance. Most of the time these pre-schools and daycare have much less strict requirements than a Government Daycare Assistance program. This is a great alternative to finding a home daycare or after school program that can end up costing upwards of $150 a week.

In-home childcare can be a cheaper option, as well as scheduling your classes in blocks. So you may only have two to three blocks a week that you need childcare.

Meet-up Groups: Also, look into Meet-up Groups (meetup.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: Connecticut Bureau of Child Support Enforcement

Connecticut Bureau of Child Support Enforcement
Toll Free: 855-6-CONNECT (1-855-626-6632)
For your local office, click here.
Email: Asha.Stea[email protected]

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

Lactation and breastfeeding locations at Yale can be found here: http://www.yale.edu/hronline/worklife/breastfeeding.html. Listed information include location, amenities, and reservation details. Locations include:

  • Wellness/Lactation Room, 221 Whitney Avenue
  • Hall of Graduate Studies (HGS), 320 York Street
  • Bass Center for Molecular and Structural, 266 Whitney Avenue
  • Rosenkranz Hall (Political Science Building), 115 Prospect Street
  • Sterling Hall of Medicine, 333 Cedar Street
  • The Anlyan Center (TAC), Yale School of Medicine, 300 Cedar Street
  • 300 George Street
  • Sterling Memorial Library, 120 High Street (or entrance at 127 Wall St)
  • Yale Health, 55 Lock Street
  • 344 Winchester Avenue
  • Yale West Campus, B25
  • 157 Church Street (8th floor), Development
  • 55 Whitney Avenue (3rd floor), Yale College Center for International and Professional Experience

If you do not see a location that could meet your needs please or for general information, questions or suggestions, contact the Yale WorkLife Program at [email protected] or 203-432-8069.

Insurance

Insurance For Low-Income Families

HUSKY Health Program
The HUSKY Health program offers a comprehensive health care benefit package. Some benefits of this program include: Preventive Care, Doctor Visits, Women’s Health Care, Maternity Care, Hospital Stays, and Emergency Care. Connecticut children and their parents or a relative caregiver; and pregnant women may be eligible for HUSKY A (also known as Medicaid), depending on family income. For more information, go to: http://www.huskyhealth.com/. You can also call 1-877-CT-HUSKY (1-877-284-8759).

Connecticut Department of Social Services
Access to quality health care is available to low-income individuals and families, the elderly, people with disabilities, and people with specific medical conditions and requirements. The Department of Social Services administers many programs designed to assist Connecticut residents in meeting their medical care needs. For more information about healthcare and insurance programs in Connecticut, please check out: http://www.ct.gov/dss/cwp/view.asp?a=2353&q=305218.

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.

State Assistance Program

Your state offers need-based financial assistance and other scholarships for college students. To find out more about what is offered in your state, please go to:

Connecticut Office of Higher Education

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 Connecticut 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.

Your state offers need-based financial assistance and other scholarships for college students. To find out more about what is offered in your state, please go to:

Connecticut Office of Higher Education

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 Connecticut. This list was retrieved from: http://www.adoptionservices.org/domestic_adoption_agencies/adoption_agencies_connecticut.htm

Catholic Charities New Haven Adoption Services
501 Lombard Street, New Haven, CT
New Haven office: (203) 787-2207
Catholic Charities’ adoption program is licensed by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families. Catholic Charities provide a full range of services, including homestudies, for domestic, international, and special needs adoptions. In addition, search services are available to adult adoptees that are interested in learning about, connecting with, or reuniting with their birthparents. For more information, please call the Archdiocese of Hartford main number (800) 538-4448, or email [email protected].

Bethany Christian Services
1-800-BETHANY
Locations in Danbury and Windsor
(8am-12pm EST, 7 days/week)
Bethany Christian Services offers adoption services in the United States and internationally. Bethany staff can help you evaluate what types of adoption may match your family best, guide you through the adoption process, and answer any questions you may have. Adoption is an exciting journey of love, and they will be with you all along the way.

More Information on Adoption

Help with the Adoption Process

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Birthparent Support

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

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

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

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:

  • Adoption Tax Credit: Information on federal tax credits and subsidies.
  • Affording Adoption: Information on adoption grant and loan programs.
  • AdoptUSKids: A nationally coordinated listing of children in foster care that are awaiting adoption.

Counseling

Pregnancy Options

**Choose Life at Yale (CLAY) members are happy to accompany you to office appointments. Please email contact CLAY at this email: [email protected]**

For confidential support and counseling to help you in your pregnancy decisions, please contact:

In Our Blessed Mother’s Arms
340 Whitney Ave., New Haven, CT 06557
Phone: 203-886-6736
Business Hours: WFSat 10a-3p; available by appointment only
Services Provided: 24 Hour Hotline, Options Information, Material Aid, After Abortion Support, Community Referrals, Men’s Program, Parenting Classes, Pre-natal Classes, STD/STI Information

Saint Gianna Pregnancy Resource Center
100 Whitney Ave., New Haven, CT 06510
Phone: 203-624-BABY(2229)
Business Hours: WSatSun 8a-1p
Services Provided: 24 Hour Helpline, Options Information, Material Aid, After Abortion Support, Community Referrals, Parenting Classes, Pre-natal Classes, STD/STI Information

Hopeline Pregnancy Resource Center
23 Bridgeport Shelton CT 6484
Phone: 203-924-1211
Business Hours: MTWThu 9a-3p; Can meet off hours for client.
Services Provided: Options Information, Material Aid, After Abortion Support, Parenting Classes, STD/STI Information

Hope Pregnancy Center
110 Main Street Cheshire CT 6410
Phone: 203-271-2703
Business Hours: MWThF 9:30a-5p; Tue 10-4; Sat 12-5p
Services Provided: Options Information, Material Aid, Adoption Support, After Abortion Support, Parenting Classes, Parenting Support, STD/STI Information,

Hopeline Pregnancy Resource Center
4749 Main St. Bridgeport CT 6606
Phone: 800-203-4673
Business Hours: M-F 9a-5p**After Hours Appointments Available Through OptionLine**
Services Provided: Material Aid, Adoption Support, Housing Referrals, After Abortion Support, Parenting Classes, Men’s Program,

Carolyn’s Place
137 Grandview Ave Waterbury CT 06708
Phone: 203-597-9050
Business Hours: M 11a-7p; TWTH 9a-5p; F 9a-5p (2nd and 4th Fri); S 10a-5p (1st and 3rd of Sat month)
Services Provided: 24 Hour Helpline, Options Information, After Abortion Support, Material Aid, Community Referrals, Parenting Classes, Pre-Natal Classes, STD/STI Information

ABC Women’s Center, Inc
180 East Main Street Middletown CT 6457
Phone: 860-344-9292
Business Hours: M 10a-1p; T 10a-5p; W 10a-3p; Th 10a-1p
Services Provided: Options Information, Material Aid, Adoption Support, After Abortion Support, Parenting Classes, Parenting Support

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.

In Our Blessed Mother’s Arms
340 Whitney Ave., New Haven, CT 06557
Phone: 203-886-6736
Business Hours: WFSat 10a-3p; available by appointment only
Services Provided: 24 Hour Hotline, Options Information, Material Aid, After Abortion Support, Community Referrals, Men’s Program, Parenting Classes, Prenatal Classes, STD/STI Information

Saint Gianna Pregnancy Resource Center
100 Whitney Ave., New Haven, CT 06510
Phone: 203-624-BABY(2229)
Business Hours: WSatSun 8a-1p
Services Provided: 24 Hour Helpline, Options Information, Material Aid, After Abortion Support, Community Referrals, Parenting Classes, Prenatal Classes, STD/STI Information

Hopeline Pregnancy Resource Center
23 Bridgeport Shelton CT 6484
Phone: 203-924-1211
Business Hours: MTWThu 9a-3p; Can meet off hours for client.
Services Provided: Options Information, Material Aid, After Abortion Support, Parenting Classes, STD/STI Information

Hope Pregnancy Center
110 Main Street Cheshire CT 6410
Phone: 203-271-2703
Business Hours: MWThF 9:30a-5p; Tue 10-4; Sat 12-5p
Services Provided: Options Information, Material Aid, Adoption Support, After Abortion Support, Parenting Classes, Parenting Support, STD/STI Information,

Hopeline Pregnancy Resource Center
4749 Main St. Bridgeport CT 6606
Phone: 800-203-4673
Business Hours: M-F 9a-5p**After Hours Appointments Available Through OptionLine**
Services Provided: Material Aid, Adoption Support, Housing Referrals, After Abortion Support, Parenting Classes, Men’s Program

Carolyn’s Place
137 Grandview Ave Waterbury CT 06708
Phone: 203-597-9050
Business Hours: M 11a-7p; TWTH 9a-5p; F 9a-5p (2nd and 4th Fri); S 10a-5p (1st and 3rd of Sat month)
Services Provided: 24 Hour Helpline, Options Information, After Abortion Support, Material Aid, Community Referrals, Parenting Classes, Pre-Natal Classes, STD/STI Information

ABC Women’s Center, Inc
180 East Main Street Middletown CT 6457
Phone: 860-344-9292
Business Hours: M 10a-1p; T 10a-5p; W 10a-3p; Th 10a-1p
Services Provided: Options Information, Material Aid, Adoption Support, After Abortion Support, Parenting Classes, Parenting Support

Abortion Recovery
http://www.abortionrecovery.org
Email [email protected] or call (866)4MyRecovery (866-469-7326)
Abortion Recovery helps individuals and families overcome the emotional and psychological complications that are often experienced after an abortion. Recovery is often free, always confidential and is available to ANYONE affected by the loss of a child by abortion. Abortion Recovery gives you a sense of personal peace which heals internal brokenness, repairs relationships and brings back intimate friendships. Recovery gives a new beginning to life following an abortion. Call (866) 469-7326, or text (949) 378-5149.

Rachel’s Vineyard
www.rachelsvineyard.org
HOPE 4 ME (877-467-3463)
Rachel’s Vineyard weekends for healing after abortion are offered throughout the year in locations across the United States and Canada, with additional sites around the world. They also offer a 15-week support group model for Rachel’s Vineyard. Because of the emotional numbness and secrecy that often surrounds an abortion experience, conflicting emotions both during and after the event may remain unresolved. These buried feelings can surface later and may be symptoms of post abortion trauma. The program is an opportunity to examine your abortion experience, identify the ways that the loss has affected you in the past and present, and helps to acknowledge any unresolved feelings.

Project Rachel
http://hopeafterabortion.com/
(888) 456-HOPE (4673)
Project Rachel operates as a network of healing composed of specially-trained caregivers which may include priests, deacons, sisters, lay staff and volunteers, mental health professionals, spiritual directors, mentors, chaplains and others, such as medical personnel. These individuals, often working as a team, provide direct care to women, men and adolescents who have been touched by an abortion loss, enabling them to grieve, receive forgiveness, and find peace. Although most dioceses use the name Project Rachel, some programs are named differently. In addition to individualized counseling, some programs include support groups and retreats. Project Rachel programs can be found in about 150 Catholic dioceses in the United States, as well as in dioceses in other countries. Call the nationwide toll-free number (888) 456-HOPE (4673) during regular business hours (Eastern Time Zone).

Other

Yale Mental Health and Counseling
http://yalehealth.yale.edu/mentalhealth
Location: 55 Lock Street, 3rd Floor
Phone: 203-432-0290
Phone hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5:00 pm
Appointments are generally available from 8:00 am-6:00 pm weekdays; after hours and on weekends, emergency care is available through the Acute Care Department at 203-432-0123.

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 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 Connecticut food pantries, see here: http://www.foodpantries.org/st/connecticut

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

Community Churches and Religious Organizations

Some community churches and temples have organized programs to help single mothers and individuals with low incomes. While the requirements may not be as stringent as local organizations, some churches may still want applicants to show documentation to receive assistance. Local churches often have programs in place to help women with shelter, rent payments, utility payments, clothing needs and food attainment. In addition to local food banks, many churches also have food pantries for members of the community that are in need.

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

Federal Assistance Organizations

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

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
TANF is a federal assistance program that provides temporary cash assistance and food stamps to single mothers and low-income individuals, showing a need. For more information about help in Connecticut, please go to: http://www.ct.gov/dss/cwp/view.asp?a=2353&q=305158

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 1 – BOSTON
Primary Liaison: MARGARITA VALLADARES
Tel: (202) 205-4711; Email: [email protected]
Alternate: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

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.