Finances or a lack of support may the biggest reasons you are considering adoption. But keep in mind with time situations and finances in your life can change. Before placing, educate yourself about what type of resources are available to help women parent their children. Below is a list of resources which may help you. This is not a complete list but rather just a few of the more well-known resources should you decide to parent.
Child Care Assistance
Child Care Assistance is available to eligible families through state agencies that administer federal child care and development grants. Each state determines eligibility requirements for its families. Child Care Aware can assist you in finding and applying for assistance in your area. You can visit their website or call 1-800-424-2246 to locate an agency near you.
You are entitled to child support whether you are involved in a steady relationship with your baby’s father or not. The Office of Child Support Enforcement can assist you in obtaining child support.
The Food Stamps Program allows low-income families to buy nutritious food using Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards. If approved, you can use your food stamp benefits to purchase approved foods in approved grocery stores.
The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development can provide you with information regarding housing assistance, affordable housing in your area, and agencies in your state that may provide additional help. You can visit the HUD website or call toll-free at (800) 569-4287.
Medicaid provides healthcare to low-income families and is available to those who meet their eligibility requirements. The requirements of eligibility will differ from state to state.
Single Mother Resources
The Single Mother Resources website has practical information for single mothers as well as information on scholarships and grants that are available.
WIC stands for Women, Infants, and Children, and provides nutritional supplements, information, and health care referrals to low-income pregnant women, infants, and children up to age five. To apply for WIC, you will need to call the proper agency in your state. They will help you find their nearest location and set up an appointment.
The Young Mommies Homesite
A support site for young moms and pregnant women in their teens and twenties.