Pregnancy Support & Parenting Resources
Adoption Circle offers pregnancy support and education for birthparents who are facing an unplanned pregnancy. Deciding what is best for your child is not an easy task and Adoption Circle personnel wants to make sure you have plenty of time to explore your options. Whether you decide to move forward with an adoption plan or considering parenting, we hope the resources below are helpful for you and your baby. If you have any other questions about local resources in your area, please do not hesitate to contact Adoption Circle. We are here to help.
Adoption Network in Cleveland offers the Birthmothers’ Support Group that provides a safe environment for birthmothers of all ages to share and learn from each other, as well as to nurture hope and healing.
Ohio Birthparent Group offers General All-Adoption Meetings that are open to the public. These meetings provide support and discussion groups to anyone who is touched by adoption or interested in life-long adoption issues. This meeting is help monthly and is facilitated by peers who experience adoption as birthparents, adoptive parents and/or adoptees.
Ohio Department of Human Services can help you with issues of pregnancy, parenting, foster care, and adoption.
Hannah’s Home is a maternity home in Northeastern Ohio for single, pregnant, young teens and women through the age of 25. They offer a safe and structured environment that allows a young woman to make a positive life plan for their unborn child.
Maggie’s Place-The Zechariah House is a community that provides houses of hospitality for pregnant and parenting women in need who are living in the Cleveland, OH area.
New Life Maternity Home provides a safe haven for un-wed mothers during their pregnancy. It’s staff consists of in-house parents who care for girls concerning their physical and spiritual needs.
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Health Topic: Pregnancy
CDC’s mission is “to promote health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability.”
WomensHealth.gov “Healthy Pregnancy”
The Federal Government Source for Women’s Health Information
US Food and Drug Administration: “Pregnancy”
The FDA regulates medications, medical devices and food safety so you can have a safe and healthy pregnancy.
Psychologist, Life Coach, Group Therapy
Penny Winkle, LISW-S, LPCC-S
3620 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43214
Birthparent Counselor, Adoption Mediator
Personal & Relationship Guidance, Child & Family Therapy
Carole Bower, MA,PCC-SC
3484 Irwin-Simpson Rd.
(Landen) Mason, Ohio 45040
The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
Ohio Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP)
P.O. Box 1395
Maggie’s Place/The Zechariah House
P.O. Box 347364
Parma, Ohio 44134
New Life Maternity Home
P.O. Box 8621
Warren, Ohio 44484
Women, Infants, Children (WIC)
Local Free Clinics
Department of Jobs and Family Services of Ohio
Ohio Department of Health
The Ohio Summer Food Service
Nutrition Services Incentive Program
Federal Food Stamp Program
Women, Infants, Children (WIC)
Mid-Ohio Food Bank
Dr. Grove City, Ohio 43123
Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank
24 E. Woodruff Ave.
Toledo, Ohio 43604
West Ohio Food Bank
1380 E. Kibby St.
P.O. Box 1566
Lima, Ohio 45802
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
State and Local Health Departments
State and County Child Welfare Services
The Ohio Food Stamp Program: Office of Family Stability
Ohio Works First Program (OWF)
Ohio Legal Services
WIC is a nutrition education program which provides supplemental foods that promote good health for pregnant, breast feeding, and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age 5. (Foods supplied include formula, milk, juice, eggs, cheese, and cereal.)
OWF is a program funded by federal, state, and county dollars. OWF offers financial assistance to children who have a parent who is absent from the home, unemployed, physically or mentally incapacitated, or deceased. Anyone eligible for OWF is also eligible for Medicaid, social services, and in most cases, food stamps.
Anyone has the right to apply for the OWF program at their county’s Department of Human Services. The phone number and address will be in your phone book under “GovernmentOffices-County”
Healthy Start is a federally and state-funded program designed for pregnant women and children ages 0-11. It provided payment for medical expenses, and can also be applied for at your county’s Department of Human Services.
GRADS is a school-based program for pregnant and parenting teens. GRADS focuses on keeping teens in school, prenatal care, parenting skills, goal setting for the future and self-esteem building.
Help Me Grow is Ohio’s family support telephone line.
2-1-1 provides free and confidential information and referral. Call 2-1-1 for help with food, housing, employment, healthcare, counseling and more.
The programs listed above ore all available in the state of Ohio. Contact your social worker and/or your local phone book for other available resources in your area such as:
- Volunteer organizations for single mothers
- Support groups for single mothers
- Child care programs
- Food pantries