Parenting your child is another positive option for you and your baby. Becoming a parent can be overwhelming, but we are here for you.
Q: Can anyone help me with baby items?
Many churches and community agencies can help with needed baby items. Your counselor or local crisis pregnancy center can connect you with parenting classes and other resources, including public assistance for medical and financial needs.
Q: How do I get support from the birth father?
The birthfather’s legal responsibilities include providing financial support for your child. Most states have a child support enforcement agency which will withhold money from his paycheck if he is unwilling to pay. Your child is entitled to financial support. If, however, you cannot get child support, you must plan on how you will care for your baby without it.
Q: Can I be forced to quit school?
Most schools encourage you to continue your education. Some educational programs for single parents offer night classes, loans, childcare, and even transportation. You may decide to take a semester off while you adjust to single parenting, but your educational goals are still reachable. No one will force you to quit school.
Q: How will single parenting affect my dating?
Parenting may limit your dating. When you choose to parent, your child’s needs will demand most of your attention. Some people you may date may not want to take second place to your child.
Q: How do I explain to my child why there is no father in our home?
Not having a father present may be hard for a child to understand. Explain that because of complicated circumstances, he is unable to be a part of your family. Talk as positively about the other parent as you can without being dishonest. Even if you don’t like him, he is someone special to your child. Having a positive male role model in your child’s life is important to your child’s growth and development. How your child perceives caring adults of either sex will affect how he or she will relate to others as an adult.