You've Got Choices, So Now What? — Parenting

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Why choose us to help you walk through parenting?  If you have decided to parent your child, we are here for you!  We provide Earn-While-You-Learn classes on parenting, finances, boundaries, and the list goes on.  You can earn boutique bucks to spend at our store to get what you need for you and your baby.  We have resources on partners that can help with your kids while you work or go to school.  We can even provide a safe place for you to live and employment through and after your pregnancy (given vacancy), if you are lacking a supportive community.  We help you build your resume, find more permanent employment, a place to live, build a financial nest egg, finish your education, buy a vehicle and furnish your new place of residence.  We aren’t going to tell you that parenting is easy; it’s not, but it is rewarding!  It is life-changing, but it is NOT life-ending!  Honestly, we believe ANYONE who has children needs community and support and that is why we are here.  As parents, we all learn and grow as we experience what it means to be a good mom or dad.  Speaking of dads, we also offer fatherhood classes for those who want to learn how to be there for their kids.  Some of us lack good examples of what parenting looks like and we would love to teach you what we know.  Knowledge is power and you deserve to be empowered!

You've Got Choices, So Now What? — Abortion

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Why choose us to talk with about abortion?  A center that doesn’t perform them has nothing to say on the subject that wouldn’t be full of judgement, right?  Wrong.  The reason we are an excellent resource on the subject of abortion is this: Many women that find themselves in an unplanned pregnancy, understandably panic.  They see it as a crisis.  Often times they feel that abortion or struggles is literally their only choice and when they go in to become educated on the subject, many feel they really don’t have a choice at all.  It is hard to comprehend the risks or side-effects when you are in a state of panic, both physically and emotionally.  Our client advocates will walk with you through what you can expect and provide you with facts in a judgement-free environment that you may not get elsewhere.  We are not here to push you into any decision, we are here to educate you on ALL choices.  It is your life, it is your choice and we respect that.  We want you to make the best one for yourself and your child because we care about you BOTH.  If you do choose abortion, we are here for you afterwards as well and offer post-abortion counseling.  There are many places that do not recognize the effects abortion has on women, where clients are left to just “go on and forget about it”.  We find over and over again that this is rarely the case.  We respect you and acknowledge that there is recovery that needs to take place, for your body, mind and spirit.  We acknowledge that the risks and side effects are real and we want you to have a safe place to come to if you find yourself experiencing any of these.

You've Got Choices, So Now What? — Adoption

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Why choose us to help walk you through thinking about adoption?  Adoption isn’t what it used to be and we want to share with you how it’s changed and what to expect.  We have walked with women through their pregnancies and through the ups and downs of emotions that come with adoption.  Many women see themselves as failures if they choose this option.  In fact, many find it easier to choose to terminate the pregnancy, rather than give up their child.  We understand why you would think that.  However, we have found that the exact opposite is true.  The security of adoption repeatedly outweighs the side effects of abortion.  We know from firsthand experience with clients and we only work with open adoptions.  YOU get to pick your child’s adoptive parents, YOU get to stay involved in their life if you want to.  Open adoption is a beautiful thing because it minimizes room for open-ended questions in your life, in the child’s life and the adoptive parent’s life.  We recently had a maternity home resident choose adoption for her baby girl.  It wasn’t an easy choice by any means.  It was very hard, but she found it to be the right one.  She continues to enjoy her child’s company and has been taken into the folds of the adoptive family.  Some women do not wish to be that involved after adoption and that is okay.  Sometimes knowing your baby is happy and healthy is enough.  We are here to help you before and after adoption.

Empowering Parents

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Our Earn-While-You-Learn curriculum is outstanding and has proven itself again and again.  For parents who want to improve their parenting style, they can find the tools they need at Living Hope Centers.

Real Life Success Stories

We have a client who worked very hard to complete the Boundaries with Kids series - all 17 classes- before her court date.  She is fighting to regain custody of her little boy.  She talks all the time about how much her parenting skills have improved. Now after learning this information, she is parenting completely differently. After she finished Boundaries with Kids, she asked if she could take more parenting classes, plus she was interested in taking the original Boundaries class for herself. For the better part of a year, she has been coming in regularly to take these classes.  This morning, her caseworker called for an update.  With the client's signed permission, her Client Advocate gave the caseworker all this information.  Naturally, she was pleased to hear it and shared that our client's son should be placed in her home by the end of this month.

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A single dad seemed defeated when he walked in our doors. He didn’t have an appointment and said he was referred to us by his home church. During his intake, he explained that he had just been given full custody of his almost four year old son and that he needed lots of help learning parenting skills. The Parenting Educator got him started on...you guessed it… Boundaries with Kids.  While he was watching the dvd, his little boy started testing him.  He applied what he was in the process of learning during that short class and was thrilled and astonished when it actually worked. After celebrating the win with him, his Parenting Educator explained that this was only the first of many classes, and that he will learn a lot of new skills and parenting tips.  After just the first class, he had new found hope that he will flourish in this role of dad.

We had a client come in for classes who is getting ready to adopt a baby. She was very excited to tell us about the baby and also very eager to learn more about parenting. It was rewarding to know we were helping her by providing these classes as she prepares to be a brand new mom.

A mom comes in regularly for parenting classes with her two-year-old child.  She is in the middle of the 123 Magic classes.  During class one day, the child misbehaved, doing the exact thing Mom and her Parenting Educator were talking about at that moment.  Mom looked at her worksheet and notes, corrected the child's behavior, and was amazed how well it worked. She said, “This has encouraged me to correct <my child's> misbehavior consistently, every time, because I know I can do it in a loving way that works.”

Any parent can tell you that parenting is not easy! At Living Hope Centers, we have the resources to help every willing parent at whatever stage of parenting- prenatal through teenagers. We rave about their effectiveness because we have employed the techniques with our own children and have been blessed with the results.