If you, or someone you know, is faced with an unintended pregnancy, Catholic Charities offers free pregnancy support services for all women regardless of age, income, marital status or religious affiliation. There are no fees for this service.
Our pregnancy support services address three areas:
1. Emotional support to help you work through emotions and feelings.
2. Information so that you Know all of your options.
3. Skills to help you make the best decision for you and your baby.
1. Emotional Support
Finding out that you are pregnant, especially if it's unintended, may evoke many emotions: You may feel afraid, worried, and/or confused. Perhaps you feel like you are all alone. Perhaps you are overwhelmed with feelings about the baby's father, your parents, and/or other family members. Having these feelings is natural, but left unattended, they may result in sleeplessness, pain, stress, and even panic.
Our staff can help you to reduce fears, sort through feelings, talk with family members, and secure other avenues of emotional and physical support for this critical period of your life. You are the one who must ultimately make some important decisions, but we also enthusiastically encourage birth fathers and prospective grandparents to take part in the development of a strategy to suit your needs.
2. Knowing All Your Options
One of the best ways to deal with an unintended pregnancy is to know all of your options. Perhaps you have no idea about what you want to do. Perhaps you don't have much income. Or maybe you already have your hands full trying to juggle school and/or work. Regardless of your unique situation, our staff can help you to get reliable information and explore your options. For example, one of the options you may consider is whether to parent the child yourself, or to create an adoption plan.
Parenting Your Child
Creating an Adoption Plan
As you decide about parenting your child, our staff can help you to consider details such as:
If you are between the ages of 13 and 23, and you have not yet received your high school diploma, or you are transitioning from high school to full-time employment, college course work, or a technical/certificate program, the Catholic Charities Teen Moms Program may be an option for you. In return for your commitment to postpone subsequent pregnancies, and be engaged full-time in school and/or employment with at least a "C" in all classes, you will receive support and encouragement to fulfill your goals through one-on-one visits, Discovery Workshops, Mentor support, and referrals as appropriate.
Our staff can also refer you to other agencies and resources that can prepare you for parenting. You can also view some of our favorite pregnancy tips online, and we have also recommended some books on these topics in our on-line bookstore.
Our staff can also help you to create an adoption plan for your baby if you feel that you are not prepared to raise your child. Catholic Charities is licensed by the State of Kansas Department of Health & Environment to provide infant foster care and adoption services for birth parents and adoptive parents.
Adoption is not an easy choice; it is one of the most selfless decisions a woman can make. But our open adoption process allows you to continue to be a part of your child's life, while still creating the best opportunity for you and your child in the future. Support for post-adoption services is also offered by Catholic Charities. Our job does not end once a placement occurs.
3. Helping You to Make Decisions
Our goal at Catholic Charities is to help women and men make the best decision for themselves and their baby. In addition to information and emotional support, our staff can help you with:
- Decision Making Skills
- Identifying Personal Values
- Clarifying Personal Needs
- Exploring Relationships
- Meeting the Child’s Best Interests
- Assessing Financial Situations
By learning about yourself and assessing your unique situation, you will be better able to determine whether to parent or make an adoption plan for your child.
If you or someone you know is pregnant, and in need of support, click here to contact our pregnancy counselor, Amy Falcon.blog comments powered by Disqus