' [Birth Mother] First Mother Forum: Keep Your Baby

Keep Your Baby

Government programs for mothers and children exist in all states. Contact your state office of public welfare. 

Welfare, now called TANF -- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
Food stamps, now called SNAP -- Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program
Health care through Medicaid
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children -- WIC
Housing -- Section 8
Employment-related day care
Job training


Non-profit organizations throughout the country help vulnerable mothers and children stay together. We've asked our readers to tell us about these  programs in their communities. We will add them to the list as we receive them. We are also sharing the list with other first (birth) mother organizations.

Saving Our Sisters (SOS) helping mothers avoid adoption relinquishment, a program of Concerned United Birthparents (CUB) 

Food banks
Goodwill and Salvation Army for inexpensive baby clothing and furniture

California
San Francisco
Homeless PreNatal Program

Colorado
Denver Metro
Hope House of Colorado

Florida
Polk County
New Life Center for Family Preservation, Inc

Illinois
DuPage County
Teen Parent Connection

Massachusetts
Boston
Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy (information and referral)

Holyoke
The Care Center

Michigan
Wayne and Oakland Counties
Well Moms Have Well Babies

Montana
Billings
Young Families Early Head Start

New Jersey
Berkeley Heights
Moms Helping Moms Foundation

Oklahoma
Ardmore
MAMA Knows, Inc (Mothers Against Mothers Alone)

Oregon
Portland
Catholic Charities (At least in OR, they try to keep mother and child together.)
Mother and Child Education Center

Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh
Angels' Place

Texas
Houston
Covenant House

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