Pregnancy Support Services
Pregnancy Support Services are designed to meet the needs of any pregnant woman, whether parenting or making an adoption plan. A variety of services are available, depending on individual needs and the availability of resources. Services are open to you, regardless of religion, race or income. If you are experiencing an unexpected pregnancy and need support, we can help.
Our mothers come from various backgrounds. Many have been providing for their family. Now because of complications in their pregnancy they are not able to work, have lost their jobs, are unable to find new employment or are teens. While this time of financial uncertainty is temporary, it can be a frightening experience. With decreased or no income it is difficult to prepare for a child.
Many women come to Catholic Social Services simply because they do not know where else to turn. Our counselors assess needs on a case-by-case basis, determining what you are able to do for yourself and how we can best help you. Services are provided with sensitivity to your situation and a commitment to your dignity.
Fathers are encouraged to be a part of the process as they also prepare for their family.
- Counseling Services are available to each mother. A licensed social worker will listen to your concerns and answer your questions about adoption or provide information about community resources if you choose to parent your child. We will provide you with clear and unbiased information as you make the most important decision of your life.
- Adoption Services are explained by a caring and empathetic professional who is available to assist you if adoption is your decision. If you do choose adoption as your plan, you will have options about how much involvement you want to have in the process, including meeting the adoptive parents.
- Emotional Support is offered throughout your pregnancy in an environment of compassion and dignity as you follow your plan, whether that is adoption or parenting.
- Maternity Resources - Feeling good about oneself is important. We are building a wardrobe closet of maternity clothing so you can feel more comfortable as you wait for the birth of your baby.
- Newborn Resources - Having the basics for your baby, if you choose to parent, helps provide you with the security of being prepared. Providing necessary items such as a crib or car seat are goals we try to meet. A basic Layette of sleepers, diapers, blankets, bathing supplies, and other items as available are given to you prior to your baby’s birth.
- Community Resources and Referral Assistance are an important part of helping you help yourself. We offer information about Medicaid, WIC and Teen support services as well as helping you choose a birthing hospital and locating other services. Often knowing where to go is not enough, and having a professional referral makes it easier to obtain the help needed. Our counselors are able to assist in accessing the resources you need.
- Education Advocacy is vital since the inability to financially provide for a child may be the determining factor in choosing an adoption plan or parenting a child. Acquiring a GED or vocational training can provide the confidence needed to help make this decision. Encouragement and information about available local programs to improve your future are offered.
- Financial Assistance - Occasionally we are asked to assist a family in paying a bill or obtaining food. These requests are given individual consideration, assessed for need, and offered as our budget allows.
Interested in supporting this program?
For information on getting involved to support mothers and children, contact Martha Coaker at (251) 434-1550 or