Your Choices – Parenting

Single parenting is not an easy choice to make. You will have many days where you might not think you can make it. Pregnancy clinic advocates are trained to assist you in discovering all the support services that exist in your community. They exist to support you throughout your pregnancy and beyond!

Here are some things to consider about single parenting:

If I can’t afford to live on my own, where can I live with my baby?

Your local pregnancy clinic will help you explore your housing needs before your baby is born. There are many safe and affordable options.  

Can anyone help me with baby items, maternity clothes, etc.?

Yes. Pregnancy clinics have many material resources for you and your baby. They can help you with maternity clothes, baby furniture, baby clothing, parenting classes, etc. These services are offered to you for free. Sometimes there are requirements – like going through a parenting class – that you may need to complete.  This class can truly help you when your baby is born.

How do I get support from the father?

The father’s legal responsibilities include providing financial support for your child. Most states have a child support enforcement agency that will withhold money from his paycheck if he is unwilling to pay. If the father is unable to provide child support, you need to plan how you will care for your baby without him. A birth father’s financial support of his child may influence court decisions about custody and visitation rights.

Your local pregnancy clinic can provide more details about the birth father’s rights and responsibilities in your state. You and the father should also discuss your individual rights and responsibilities. A child’s needs are best met when you and the father work together.

I don’t want to be a mother on welfare. Can I get job training?

Yes. Your local pregnancy clinic will help you discover programs that best fit your employment needs. If you are receiving government assistance, you may be eligible for programs that help with job training, tuition, and childcare. Otherwise, you might rely on educational grants and loans while working to cover living expenses and childcare. Some pregnancy centers have or refer to job training programs in your community that typically offer some level of child care.  Visit your pregnancy center today for their help in discovering all the services that can support your job-related educational needs.

Can I still choose adoption later if parenting doesn’t work out?

Yes. If single parenting becomes too difficult and you decide to consider adoption, adoption is still an option. It takes courage to realize that by yourself you cannot provide all that your child needs. These pregnancy clinics will be happy to connect you with several adoption agencies in your area that can help you.  When making an adoption plan, it is typical for you to be able to select the potential parents and meet them.  You can also set up agreements about being in contact with your child in the future.

I’m not sure I will be a good parent.

Parenting can be a struggle at any age no matter what the circumstances. Pregnancy clinics typically offer parenting classes that will help you in all areas of home care and baby management. You are no longer alone. They are there to help you and want you to become the best parent possible.

 

Not all pregnancy clinics listed on this directory offer medical services.

Please contact your local pregnancy center for information about the services and referrals offered in your area.

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