Parenting can be a struggle at any age no matter what the circumstances. A New Hope offers the help you need to consider a plan to parent, make an appointment to find out more.
We also know that there are no perfect circumstances and certainly no perfect parents. Our role is to encourage, educate, and get resources to our patients in order that they may see their own situation clearly, thereby providing them with the tools, and most importantly, the hope necessary to make the best choices for the lives of both their children and themselves. In short, we want to see our patients become the best parents that they can be.
ANH helps patients who choose parenting to realistically evaluate their own circumstances and develop a plan to meet individual needs:
I don’t want to be a mother on welfare. Can I get job training?
We can help you discover programs that best fit your employment needs. If you are receiving 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.
Can I still choose adoption later if parenting doesn’t work out?
Should single parenting become too difficult, adoption is still an option. It takes courage to realize that by yourself you cannot provide all that your child needs. Separating from a child with whom you have bonded can be difficult. We can connect you with several adoption agencies in our area that can help you.
If I can’t afford to live on my own, where can I live with my baby?
Client advocates will help you explore your housing options. There are safe and affordable places to consider. Most single parents need to work. Consider your childcare options in each situation:
- Living with a friend or relative
- Staying in a group home for single mothers
- Living with your parents or the birthfather’s parents
- Finding an apartment in public, subsidized housing
How do I get help 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.