Care Net Pregnancy Center of Rutland
138 West Street
Rutland, VT 05701
Voice - (802) 775-5611
Are you considering keeping your baby? Or maybe the thought of becoming a parent seems impossible to you at this time. We've talked to hundreds of clients who are concerned about things like:
|My husband or boyfriend doesn't want the baby but I do |
(for men) My girlfriend doesn't want the baby but I do
|I can't tell my family |
|How will I finish school? |
|How will I continue working? |
|Where will I live? |
|I don't have medical insurance |
|I can't afford a child |
|I'm too young |
We can talk about all these issues with you so you can decide if parenting is right for you.
Single parenting is not an easy choice to make.
You will have many days where you might not think you can
make it. Even though we're glad you chose life, we want to
make sure that you are not putting yourself into a stressful
and harmful situation. Remember to learn about all of your
options! Our pregnancy center advocates are ready to assist
you in discovering all the support services that exist in
your area. We exist to support you throughout your pregnancy
Here are some questions to consider about single
|Q: If I can't afford to live on my own, where can I
live with my baby?|
A: We can help you explore your housing options
before you deliver. Most single parents need to work.
Consider your childcare options in each situation:
|Living with a friend or relative|
|Staying in a group home for single mothers|
|Living with your parents or the birthfather's
|Finding an apartment in public, subsidized housing|
|Q: Can anyone help me with baby items, maternity
A: Care Net Pregnancy Center of Rutland cares about
your baby's needs. We can help you with maternity
clothes, and offer a baby bundle after the baby is born,
and continued support and contact through your baby's
first year. We will give you community referrals to help
you find other needed items and support.
|Q: How do I get support from the father?|
A: The father's legal responsibilities include providing
financial support for your child. Most states have a
child support enforcement agency that will withhold
money from his paycheck if he is unwilling to pay. If
the father is unable to provide child support, you need
to plan how you will care for your baby without him. A
birthfather's support record may influence court
decisions about custody and visitation rights.
In some states, the father's name is not even put on the
birth certificate unless you request it. If he has
signed a notarized paternity affidavit, he may have
legal rights, including visitation and the right to deny
or consent to medical decisions for your child. Our
counselors will provide more details about the
birthfather's rights and responsibilities. You and the
father should also discuss your individual rights and
responsibilities. A child's needs are best met when you
and the father work together.
|Q: Can I still choose adoption later if parenting
doesn't work out? |
A: If single parenting becomes too difficult and you
decide to consider adoption, making an adoption plan is
still an option. It takes courage to realize that by
yourself you cannot provide all that your child needs.
But separating from a child with whom you have bonded
can be difficult. We will be happy to connect you with
several adoption agencies in your area that can help
Please call for a confidential appointment with one of our staff.
We can help.
our center to reserve your appointment. You can also send
us a note through our website.
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