Southern Illinois University EdwardsvilleEdwardsville, illinois 62025

Pregnant? Parenting? You are not alone. There are resources on campus and in the community to support you as you earn your college degree. For a local map of all listed resources click here: Family & Pregnancy Care Resources near SIUE Map (SIUE SFL) 7.2020


Class Options

Register for Classes
SIUE offers flexible class schedules with class in the morning, afternoon, evening, online and blended combinations. To learn more about available classes and to register, please contact:
The Office of The Registrar is located in Rendleman Hall Room 1207.
Phone number: 618-650-3770
Toll-Free in Illinois: 800-447-7483
Toll-Free National: 888-328-5168
Fax Number: 618-650-3332
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm
Mailing address: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Office of the Registrar, Campus Box 1047, Edwardsville, IL, 62026

Academic Support
If you are in need of additional classroom support, our school offers:

On Campus Tutoring
Offered for science, business, and math. See link for schedule.

Disability Support Services
Student Success Center, Room 1270
Campus Box 1611
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1611
Office: (618) 650-3726
Fax: (618) 650-5691

Online Courses
The school offers a wide variety of online courses see the link for more details

Peer-to-Peer Support

SIUe Students for Life is here to help you succeed in continuing your education by providing resources to address your unique situation as a pregnant and parenting student at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. SIUe Students for Life is happy to assist you as you seek support for your parenting and student needs.

Our student group provides the following assistance and resources:

  • Peer support
  • Peer counseling
  • Assistance scheduling meetings
  • Coordinating with departments on campus
  • Transportation to local pregnancy resource center or to doctor’s appointments
  • Babysitting services
  • Financial assistance (scholarship recommendations)
  • Advocating for resources, rights, and accommodations

MOPS International encourages and equips moms of young children to realize their potential as mothers, women and leaders, in relationship with Jesus, and in partnership with the local church. MOPS groups typically offer biweekly meetings with child care, a featured speaker, discussion, and great company. Many programs also include “moms only” and family fun activities. This is a great place to meet fellow moms, get practical advice, and be supported by your community.

Policies Concerning Pregnant & Parenting Students

School Policies
Office of Student Affairs:
Phone: (618) 650- 2020
Mailing Address:
2306 Rendleman Hall
Campus Box 1058
Edwardsville, Il 62026

Title IX
Our school is a Title IX abiding institution.

For more information regarding pregnant and parenting students’ rights on campus:

We recommend that you refer to: This webpage provides detailed information and handouts on Title IX (a federal law that protects you from discrimination).

Some protections include:

  • If a student misses class due to necessary pregnancy-related medical absence, the school must allow the student to make up the missed work and provide the appropriate information to complete assignments.
  • Pregnant students must be provided with any special services that are also provided to students with temporary disabilities (such as at-home tutoring).
  • If a student becomes pregnant and chooses to stay in school, the school cannot use the student’s pregnancy as a reason to terminate or reduce that student’s athletic, merit, or need-based scholarships.
  • A pregnant student cannot be kicked out of campus housing while she is pregnant. She is allowed to remain in her current housing situation for the duration of her pregnancy (after which she may be asked to move to family-friendly housing).

For student athletes:
It is recommended that you review NCAA’s Pregnant and Parenting Student-Athletes: Resources and Model Policies ( ). See the section entitled “Federal Protection Against Pregnancy Discrimination” for an outline of protections and accommodations.

Some protections include:

  • You cannot be harassed or discriminated against.
  • You cannot be kicked off your team to pregnancy or parental status.
  • You cannot lose your athletic scholarship due to pregnancy (if you choose to remain on the team).
  • You may be allowed a red shirt season and granted a hardship waiver (which allows for an extra season of competition in your sport).


Housing On Campus

Our school offers housing options for students with dependent children. Contact for more details.

Housing Off Campus

Local Housing


  • Angel’s Cove, Mt. Vernon 800-458-BABY
  • Fontebella Maternity Shelter, O’Fallon 618- 406-4355
  • Good Samaritan House, Granite City 618- 876-0607
  • Our Lady’s Inn, St. Louis 314-351-4590
  • Phoenix Crisis Center, Granite City 618-451-1008
  • Salvation Army, Granite City 618-451-7957
  • Salvation Army, Alton 618-465-7764
  • Missouri Baptist Children’s Home, Bridgeton 314-739-6811
  • The Sparrow’s Nest, O’Fallon, MO 636-336-2534
  • Safe Families for Children 314-452-6547


  • Catholic Charities Housing Resource Center 314-802-5444
  • Madison County Housing Authority, Collinsville 618- 345-5142 or 5144
  • Public Aid, Granite City 618- 877-9200
  • Terra Properties, Highland, Troy 618- 654-7033
  • Clair County Housing Authority 618-277-3290

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:

  • The Baby Bank (referral from community agency required), Granite City 618-444-3077
  • Community Free Store (last Tues. of month 2-5:30), Granite City 618- 709-0713
  • Belleville Christian Center, Belleville 618- 235-1643
  • Community Care Center, Granite City 618-876-8770
  • Community Hope Center, Cottage Hills 618-259-0959
  • Maryville Outreach Center, Maryville 618-345-9693
  • Operation Blessing (Wood River clients only), Wood River 618-251-5683
  • Pregnancy Care Center, Belleville (clothing up to 5 yrs old) 618- 233-2273

Other Low Cost Options

210 Junction Dr
Glen Carbon, IL 62034
(618) 656-0954

Assistance With Food

Glen Ed Food Pantry
125 5th Ave
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Monday and Wednesday: 3:00PM – 5:30PM
Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 9:00AM – 11:30
Closed 3rd Wednesday of every month and holidays
Services: Food, clothing, school supplies, utilities assistance

Collinsville Food Pantry
201 E. Church St.
Collinsville, IL 62234
Tuesday and Friday: 9:00AM – 11:00AM
Tuesday night: 4:00PM – 6:00PM
(618) 346-1861
Services: Food, basic household necessities

National Food Support Programs
For more help and information about food assistance, you can contact these national programs:

  • Project Bread: Project Bread works to improve access to nutritious food for children and families. Their Food Source Hotline is 1-800-645-8333 and their comprehensive Food Resource Guide can be found on their website,
  • Food provides a full list of local food pantries. This list can be found at
  • Feeding America: Feeding America is committed to helping end the fight against hunger. Find your local food bank using Feeding America’s helpful food bank locator:

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: Learn more about WIC benefits here: For help in Indiana, please call 1-800-522-0874.

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: For help in Illinois, please go to, or call 1-800-403-0864.


Child Care

National Resources

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 ( 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 ( 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

Local Child Care Programs
See the below link for the SIUe list of local childcare

Child Care on Campus can be expensive for students, and there are no discounts for low income families. Students can apply for financial assistance with the local CHASI office.
CHASI- Child Care Resource and Referral
2133 Johnson Road Suite 100a
Granite City Il 62040

Student Support Network
SIUE SFL is willing to provide or refer you to:

  • Babysitting nights during finals
  • Emergency babysitting arrangements
  • Babysitting exchanges

Please contact for more information about our student group’s services.

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 the steps that 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. Apply online at the following link or print the application form and mail it to the address on the form.

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, or call (800) 691-KIDS.

Lactation Rooms on Campus

State Policies
In this state (Illinois), mothers are protected and accommodated under the following lactation policies:

  • Breastfeeding infants is not an act of public indecency and may be done in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be.
  • SIUe Campus Recreation, located in the Vadalabene Center/Student Fitness Center, has gender neutral/family facilities. The private spaces have restrooms and showers, and they can also serve as a maternity nursing room.
Child Safety Seat Inspection

Generally, fire departments, police departments, and hospitals offer free child safety seat lessons. Some local programs may give away free child car seats if you take this class.

Edwardsville Fire Department
410 North Main St
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Phone: 618-692-7541 Contact: J Paschall, C Guile, M Schonlau, C Schrage, J Hatcher, D Moody, M Sinnorak, S Wilfong
Call to schedule an appointment.

Madison County Sheriff
405 Randle St
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Phone: 618-692-4433 Contact: Kip Heinle
Call to schedule an appointment.

Sam’s Club – Glen Carbon Police Department
5 Illini Dr
Glen Carbon, IL 62034
Phone: 618-288-2639 Contact: Jamie Foster
Begins: 09/24/201610:00 AM to 2:00 PM


Glen Carbon Police Department
149 N. Main St
Glen Carbon, IL 62034
Phone: 618-288-7226 Contact: Paul Cates, Kathryn Chambers, Rebecca Marburger, Andrea Painter, Bronson Painter
Call to schedule an appointment.


Insurance For Low-Income Families

Your health is paramount to not only your family, but to you. It is crucial that families have the type of insurance 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.

See the link for a list of State Programs:

Go to and use the benefits finder to search for benefits specifically for your case

Insurance For Your Child

All Kids (Illinois CHIP 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 here:

Free Breast Pumps
Most insurance plans now cover free breast pumps and other lactation resources (such as professional lactation consultations and in home support). You can call your insurance provider to ask what lactation resources are covered in your benefits package. Your insurance company may ship these items to your house. Or you can talk to hospital staff (where you intend to give labor) to ask about their lactation programs and resources.

Financing Your Education

University Financial Aid

Your pregnancy and the birth of your child will change how you need to file for financial aid.  If you filed for Free Application or Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before you knew you were pregnant, you need to revisit the Financial Aid Office. Let them know about your pregnancy immediately, and discuss financial assistance options (e.g. grants, scholarships, work-study, loans) to help meet your need.


SIUe Financial Aid Office
Title IV school code: 001759
2308 Rendleman Hall, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1060
Fax: 618-650-3885
Phone and counter service: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday

Government Grants

Academic Competitiveness Grant: Academic Competitiveness Grant
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
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 Students should research application deadlines to ensure that funds are received for the upcoming semester as needed.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
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

Hundreds of private foundations offer scholarships for students pursuing higher education. While you may particularly qualify for scholarships for mothers and women, it helps to broaden your search to consider scholarships for single parents, socioeconomic need, ethnicity, field of study (career path), etc.

Woman-focused and non-traditional scholarships are perfect vehicles for parenting students to use to get funding to continue or return to college. Some recommendations are listed below. We encourage you to see our listing (with full descriptions) at

  • Women’s Opportunity Awards
  • O.S.E. Scholarship
  • Jeanette Rankin Foundation
  • The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund
  • SWE Scholarship
  • Emerge Scholarship Program
  • Patsy Takemoto Mink Scholarship for Low-Income Women
  • Sister Thea Bowman Foundation
  • Scholarships For Moms
  • E.O. Sisterhood
  • Women’s Independence Scholarship Program (WISP)
  • United Negro College Fund
  • American Association of University Women
  • Talbots Women’s Scholarship Fund
  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund
  • Denny’s Single Parent Student Scholarship
  • Lifetime Adoption Foundation
State-Specific Scholarships

To find out what’s available in your state, you can contact both your state higher education agency and the financial aid office of the school that you’d like to attend to find out what scholarships or grants are offered to single moms or parenting students.

For more information, visit this website:

Local Scholarships

Utilize the SIUE Search link below to search and apply for local and institutional scholarships


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 resources can help provide you with more information regarding adoption and help guide you through the adoption process.

Local Adoption Agencies

  • Lutheran Family Services 618-257-2493
  • Knight Light 888-568-2758
  • Bethany Christian Services 800-238-4269
  • Catholic Charities 618-462-0634
  • Angel’s Cove 618-242-4944
More Information on Adoption

Catholic Charities
They 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 (703) 549-1390 to learn about programs in your area.

AdoptUsKids 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 (888) 200-4005 to learn about AdoptUsKids.

Bethany Christian Services
The nation’s largest adoption and foster care agency that cares for women facing unplanned pregnancies and orphans living on 5 continents. For more information, please call (800)BETHANY, or fill out the online contact form:

Lifetime Adoption
Lifetime Adoption assists African American couples wanting to adopt and birth mothers seeking African-American families. Call toll-free at (800) 923-6783, or fill out the online contact form:


Faithful Adoption Consultants
Faithful Adoption Consultants is referral service that networks our clients with licensed agencies and attorneys throughout the United States. The FAC team assists parents through their adoption process and provide helpful answers to your adoption questions. Email the FAC team at, or call (678)559-2164.


Pregnancy Options

A Beacon of Light 
Phone: 618-855-9774
Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs 9:00 AM to 2:00PM; Wed & Fri by appointment only
Services: Pregnancy tests, counseling and education, Learn to Earn Program (provision of material resources to families), and referrals

Mosaic Pregnancy & Health Centers
2019 Johnson Rd,
Granite City, IL 62040
115 Lincoln Place Ct
Suite 102
Belleville, IL 62221
Services: pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, pregnancy verification consultations, STI testing and treatment, childbirth and parenting classes, abortion recovery program, community referrals

Options Now
4854 North Alby
Godfrey, IL 62035
Services: pregnancy testing, gestational age testing, STD testing (gonorrhea and chlamydia free others at fee)

Relevant Pregnancy Options Center
207 Suppiger Lane, Ste 100
Highland, IL 62249
Services: pregnancy tests, options information, counseling, abortion recovery programs

SIHF-Granite City
2166 Madison Avenue
Granite City, IL 62040
Services: behavioral health, dental services, family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics & gynecology, pediatrics

Real Alternatives
1-888-LIFE-AID (1-888-543-3242)
Real Alternatives uses a network of 93 pregnancy support centers, Catholic Charities, and maternity homes to provide free pregnancy support and parenting education services to women and families in our state. Real Alternatives has over 500 caring and compassionate trained counselors providing support to women facing an unexpected pregnancy. Each site provides confidential and free pregnancy testing. On the Real Alternatives website, women can access services nearest to them by plugging in their zip code. Women can also find information on fetal development, hear baby’s heartbeat, and learn about what to do if someone is forcing them to have an abortion.
• Find a local counselor or pregnancy support center:

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 Call 800-712-HELP, or text HELPLINE to 313131 for assistance.

Nurturing Network
Nurturing Network provide practical, life-saving services to women facing the crisis of an unplanned pregnancy, including education options to continue her pregnancy and the life of her unborn child without sacrificing her own hopes and dreams. Call 1-800-TNN-4MOM, or email Ann at

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.

After Abortion

Abortion Recovery or (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
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

Home Page

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)


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


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

Other Places to Look for Help

Birth Parent Support

Bethany Christian Services
Phone: (800) 238-4269
Bethany Christian Services is a global nonprofit organization that brings families together and keeps families together. Strengthening families for the well-being of children is our top priority. Our services include adoption, foster care, and pregnancy counseling. If you are pregnant and considering adoption, Bethany Christian Services will provide pregnancy support and help you make an adoption plan. Bethany Christian Services can also provide financial assistance for living expenses during your pregnancy (e.g. rent when you can’t work, food, transportation, utilities, or maternity clothes) and help with medical and legal expenses if needed. Call (800) 238-4269 for further assistance.

BirthMom Buds
Phone: 1-855-4-MyBBud (855-469-2283)
BirthMom Buds is a national web based non profit organization which provides support to pregnant women considering adoption as well as birthmothers who have already placed children for adoption through its website, toll free support line, as well as many programs including the Pregnant and Placing Program, Buddy System, and Annual Birthmother Retreats.

First Hero
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, 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.

Sally’s Lambs
Phone: (877) 517-4463 ext. 804
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. Call (877) 517-4463 ext. 804, or fill out the online contact form.

Embrace Grace
Phone: (817) 755-8484
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


Other Helpful Organizations

Federally Qualified Health Centers

Central Collinsville Health Center
1215 Vandalia St.
Collinsville, Il 62234
(618) 343- 6015

Granite City Health Center
2166 Madison Ave
Granite City, IL 62040
Phone number varies by service required, see link for details

Alton Women’s Health Services
2 Memorial Dr
Alton, IL 62002
Phone number varies by service required, see link for details—women