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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

Peer-to-Peer Support

If you are interested in finding supportive peers on your campus, contact pregnancyresources@studentsforlife.org. We will let you know if there is a group at your school!

Housing

Housing Off Campus

The following organizational list has been retrieved from HarborHouse.org. (Found here: http://www.harborhouse.org/links/maternityhomes.hlml#IL) Other information was found via 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.

Angel’s Cove
Mount Vernon, IL
http://www.bchfs.com/angelscove_maternity.html
Contact: Carla Donoho, Director of Angels’ Cove
Phone: (618) 242-4944
Email: carladonoho@bchfs.com

Cabrini Maternity Home
2900 West Heading Avenue, Peoria, IL
http://www.carthage.lib.il.us/community/healthcare/c/cabrini.html
Phone: (309) 636-8000
Description: Individual, groups and family counseling; casework services; accredited grade and high school courses available from Peoria Board of Education; recreation program; on grounds medical clinic; classes in pregnancy health care and also parenting and life skills.

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.

OptionLine
www.OptionLine.org or (800)HELPLINE
OptionLine provides a listing of pregnancy help agencies in your community. Go online to search for an agency closest to you. Centers that provide material assistance will have “material aid” listed in the services section. Other services may include free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, STI/STD testing, counseling, and parenting classes. Services are often free or inexpensive. These centers do not refer for abortion. Call 1-800-712-HELP or text HELPLINE to 313131.

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)
http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/consumer/basic-needs/food/wic
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. To learn more about WIC services in Illinois, click here: https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=30513

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps.
If you are eligible, SNAP will help pay your grocery bill so that you and your child can eat well while you attend school. 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. Find out more at http://www.mass.gov/snap or by calling 1-866-950-FOOD (3663).

Project Bread
Project Bread works to improve access to nutritious food for children and families. Their Food Source Hotline is 1-800-645-8333. Hotline hours are Monday-Friday 8am-7pm and Saturday 10am-2pm. Their comprehensive Food Resource Guide can be found on their website, www.projectbread.org

FoodPantries.org
FoodPantries.org provides a listing of food pantries around the country. To locate the pantries nearest you, please go to http://www.foodpantries.org/.

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.

Child Care 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

Illinois Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)
https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=30355
DHS’ Child Care Assistance Program provides low-income, working families with access to quality, affordable child care that allows them to continue working and contributes to the healthy, emotional and social development of the child. Families are required to cost-share on a sliding scale based on family size, income and number of children in care. To learn if you qualify for this program, please call 1-877-202-4453 (toll-free).

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: Illinois Child Support Services

Illinois Child Support Services
http://www.childsupportillinois.com/
Toll Free: 1-800-447-4278
How to Apply: http://www.childsupportillinois.com/customers/apply.html
Mailing Address (for payments): Illinois State Disbursement Unit (SDU), P.O. Box 5400, Carol Stream, IL 60197-5400

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.

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.

Your School Insurance Policy

To adjust your school insurance policy, you will need to work with your school’s health services department 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.

State Insurance Policies

Illinois Medicaid
http://www.benefits.gov/benefits/benefit-details/1628
Medicaid is a jointly funded state and Federal government program that pays for medically necessary services. Medicaid pays for medical services for children and their caretakers, pregnant women, and persons who are disabled, blind or 65 years of age or older. Primary services funded through Medicaid are physician, hospital and long term care. Additional coverage includes drugs, medical equipment and transportation, family planning, laboratory tests, x-rays and other medical services.

Family Care
http://www.familycareillinois.com/
FamilyCare offers healthcare coverage to parents living with their children 18 years old or younger. FamilyCare also covers relatives who are caring for children in place of their parents. FamilyCare covers doctor visits, specialty medical services, hospital care, emergency services, prescription drugs and more. For more information, call FamilyCare Hotline (866) ALL-KIDS (1-866-255-5437), or TTY: 1-877-204-1012.

Insurance For Your Child

All Kids: Healthcare Program
http://www.allkids.com/
The All Kids program offers many Illinois children comprehensive healthcare that includes doctor visits, hospital stays, prescription drugs, vision care, dental care and medical devices like eyeglasses and asthma inhalers. Some families pay monthly premiums for the coverage, but rates for middle-income families are significantly lower than they are on the private market. For instance, a family of four that earns between $45,000 and $67,000 a year pays a $40 monthly premium per child, and a $10 co-pay per physician visit. For more information, call the All Kids Hotline (866) ALL-KIDS (1-866-255-5437), or TTY: 1-877-204-1012.

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. In Illinois, the CHIP program is referred to as CHIPRA (see below).

Illinois All Kids (CHIPRA)
http://www.benefits.gov/benefits/benefit-details/1601
Illinois’ All Kids program offers health care coverage to children or helps in paying premiums of employer or private health insurance plans. All Kids services are available at no cost or at low cost. Premium and co-payments are determined based on your family income and size. All Kids Share and Premium Level 1 are jointly funded by the state and federal governments. All Kids Rebate and Premium Level 2 are state funded. All Kids Assist is the Medicaid portion of Illinois’ health care programs for children.

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 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 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 Illinois- such as Illinois Student Assistance Commission and Illinois College of DuPage Foundation Single Parent Scholarship-
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.

Illinois Student Assistance Commission
Illinois College of DuPage Foundation Single Parent Scholarship

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 Illinois. This list was retrieved from AdoptionServices.org: http://www.adoptionservices.org/domestic_adoption_agencies/adoption_agencies_illinois.htm

Adoption-Link, Inc.
1113 South Boulevard
Oak Park, IL 60302
Phone: (708) 524-1433
Fax: (708) 524-9691

Aurora Catholic Charities
1700 North Farnsworth Avenue
Suite 18
Aurora, IL 60505
Phone: (630) 820-3220

Bethany Christian Services of Illinois
11717 South Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60628-5822
Phone: (773) 264-0200
Fax: (773) 233-7617

Catholic Charities, Chicago Archdiocese
651 West Lake
Chicago, IL 60661
Phone: (312) 655-7071
Phone: (312) 454-1717
Toll-Free: (800) CARE-002

Catholic Charities, Joliet Diocese
203 North Ottawa Street
2nd Floor, Suite A
Joliet, IL 60432
Phone: (815) 723-3053
Fax: (815) 723-2853
Toll-Free: (877) 844-4673

Catholic Charities, Peoria Diocese
413 NE Monroe
Peoria, IL 61603
Phone: (309) 671-5720
Fax: (309) 671-0257

Catholic Charities, Springfield Diocese
800 South Fifth Street
Springfield, IL 62703
Phone: (217) 523-9201
Fax: (217) 523-5624

Catholic Social Services of Southern Illinois
8601 West Main Street
Suite 201
Belleville, IL 62223
Phone: (618) 394-5900
Fax: (618) 394-5909
Toll-Free: (800) 997-9702

Center for Family Building, Inc. (CFB)
8707 Skokie Boulevard
Suite 208
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 869-1518
Fax: (847) 869-4108
Toll-Free: (800) 869-1005 (Birth Mothers)

Chicago Child Care Society
5467 South University Avenue
Chicago, IL 60615
Phone: (773) 643-0452

Children’s Home and Aid Society of Illinois
Rockford, IL 61104
Phone: (815) 962-1043
Fax: (815) 962-1272
Toll-Free: (888) 248-4335

Children’s Home and Aid Society of Illinois (CHASI)
125 South Wacker Drive
14th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 424-0200
Fax: (312) 424-6800

Children’s Home and Aid Society of Illinois (CHASI)
2133 Johnson Road
Suite 104
Granite City , IL 62040
Phone: (618) 452-8900

Children’s Hope International (CHI)
1400 East Touhy Suite 409
Des Plaines, IL 60018
Phone: (847) 297-5504

Evangelical Child and Family Agency (ECFA)
1530 North Main Street
Wheaton, IL 60187
Phone: (630) 653-6400
Fax: (630) 653-6490
TDD: (630) 653-0180
Toll-Free: (800) 945-6379

Family Counseling Clinic, Inc.
505 East Hawley Street
Suite 100
Mundlein, IL 60060
Phone: (847) 566-7121
Fax: (847) 566-7310

Family Resource Center (FRC)
5828 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60660
Phone: (773) 334-2300
Fax: (773) 334-8228
Toll-Free: (800) 676-2229

Illinois Baptist Children’s Home & Family Services
4243 Lincolnshire Drive
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
Phone: (618) 242-4944
Fax: (618) 242-2568
Toll-Free: (800) 458-2229

Jewish Children’s Bureau of Chicago
3145 West Pratt Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 467-3747

Journeys of the Heart Adoption Services
PO Box 28
Glen Ellyn, IL 60138
Phone: (630) 469-4367
Fax: (630) 469-4382

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI)
3000 West Rohmann Avenue
West Peoria, IL 61604
Phone: (309) 671-0300
Fax: (309) 671-0503
Toll-Free: (888) 671-0300

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI)
1001 East Touhy Avenue
Suite 50
Des Plaines, IL 60018
Phone: (847) 635-4600
Fax: (847) 390-1453
Toll-Free: (888) 671-0300

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, Chicago South Office
11740 South Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60643
Phone: (773) 371-2700
Fax: (773) 239-5296

St. Mary’s Services
717 West Kirchoff Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Phone: (847) 870-8181
Fax: (847) 870-8324
Toll-Free: (800) 252-4152

Sunny Ridge Family Center, Inc.
2 South 426 Orchard Road
Wheaton, IL 60187
Phone: (630) 668-5117
Fax: (630) 668-5144
Toll-Free: (800) 222-9666

The Baby Fold (TBF)
612 Oglesby Avenue
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: (309) 454-1770
Fax: (309) 454-9257

Volunteers of America of Illinois
224 N. Desplaines Street
Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60661
Phone: (312) 707-9477

 

More Information on Adoption

Questions and Support

First Hero
http://www.firsthero.org
Email: hero@firsthero.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/babysfirsthero/
You may not have planned on getting pregnant, but you can plan what is best for you and your baby. Text “hero” to 313131 to chat confidentially with a birthmom to help you determine whether placing your baby for adoption with a loving family is the right decision for you and your baby. At FirstHero.org, we believe that birthmoms are courageous and selfless heroes and change lives for the better. Countless couples would not have had a family if it weren’t for these very special and brave women.

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 ncfa@adoptioncouncil.org.

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,

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
Adoptive parents of six, Courtney & Emeory Lott assist parents through their adoption process. FAC provides one of the most extensive and up to date lists of financial grant and loan info. Call Faithful Adoption Consultants: (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 info@adoption-share.com

Your Questions Answered

Pregnant on Campus
www.pregnantoncampus.org/adoption
The Pregnant on Campus Initiative provides a wide variety of resources and information for parenting students and student groups seeking to better assist their peers.

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 info@giftofadoption.org

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 Info@BrittanysHope.org 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

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:

Avenue Women’s Center
https://www.avenuewomenscenter.com/
Phone: 630-382-8147
Free pregnancy tests, pregnancy help and confidential consultations, abortion information, limited medical services, referrals, abortion recovery, teen pregnancy consultations
Avenue Women’s Center, 1200 Roosevelt Road, Suite 101, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Avenue Women’s Center, 132 E Irving Park Road, Wood Dale, IL 60191
Avenue Women’s Center, 1301 S Route 59, Suite 103, Naperville, IL 60564
Avenue Women’s Center, 210 N York St, Suite 103, Elmhurst, IL 60126
Avenue Women’s Center, 440 E Roosevelt Road, Suite 106, West Chicago, IL 60185

Option Line
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. There are over 3,000 pregnancy resource centers across the country. Help is just around the corner. Find a pregnancy resource center near you at www.optionline.org. Call 800-712-HELP, or text HELPLINE to 313131 for assistance.

First Hero
http://www.firsthero.org
Email: hero@firsthero.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/babysfirsthero/
You may not have planned on getting pregnant, but you can plan what is best for you and your baby. Text “hero” to 313131 to chat confidentially with a birthmom to help you determine whether placing your baby for adoption with a loving family is the right decision for you and your baby. At FirstHero.org, we believe that birthmoms are courageous and selfless heroes and change lives for the better. Countless couples would not have had a family if it weren’t for these very special and brave women.

Abortion Pill Reversal

Many women who have taken the abortion pill experience regret. You are not alone. If you have changed your mind, there is help for you. Abortion Pill Reversal is a new medical procedure available to reverse the effects of the abortion pill and possibly save the life of your child. If you have taken the first dose of the abortion pill (RU-486 or Mifeprex®) and are now experiencing regret, it may not be too late. Reversal is most successful within 72 hours.

Call the 24-Hour Abortion Pill Reversal Helpline to speak to a medical professional: (877) 558-0333

Learn more about Abortion Pill Reversal at http://www.abortionpillreversal.com, or on our informational page: PregnantOnCampus.org/Abortion-Pill-Reversal/.

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.

Restore After Abortion
http://www.restoreafterabortion.com
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00 am- 5:00 pm
Phone: 630-599-00435
Free, confidential, and compassionate post abortion support services for teens and adults. We offer hope and healing to anyone impacted from the grief, shame, anger, depression, and anxiety caused by past abortions. Individual and small group settings available. We serve DuPage County and surrounding areas.
Restore After Abortion locations:
Avenue Women’s Center, 1200 Roosevelt Road, Suite 101, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Avenue Women’s Center, 132 E Irving Park Road, Wood Dale, IL 60191
Avenue Women’s Center, 1301 S Route 59, Suite 103, Naperville, IL 60564
Avenue Women’s Center, 210 N York St, Suite 103, Elmhurst, IL 60126
Avenue Women’s Center, 440 E Roosevelt Road, Suite 106, West Chicago, IL 60185

Abortion Recovery
http://www.abortionrecovery.org
Email info@abortionrecovery.org 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

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

First Hero
http://www.firsthero.org
Email: hero@firsthero.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/babysfirsthero/
You may not have planned on getting pregnant, but you can plan what is best for you and your baby. Text “hero” to 313131 to chat confidentially with a birthmom to help you determine whether placing your baby for adoption with a loving family is the right decision for you and your baby. At FirstHero.org, we believe that birthmoms are courageous and selfless heroes and change lives for the better. Countless couples would not have had a family if it weren’t for these very special and brave women.

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 Illinois, please go to http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=30358

Illinois Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
General Information: (217) 785-3300
State Office:
Department of Human Services
100 South Grand Avenue East, 3rd Floor
Springfield, IL 62762
(217) 557-1601

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 V – CHICAGO
Primary Liaison: JOSEPHINE RAGO-ADIA
Tel: (202) 401-4710; Email: josephine.ragoadia@acf.hhs.gov
Alternate: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin

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.