In this newsletter you will read a lot about the parenting education we offer.
Maybe you will ask “Why?” New moms may not be living close to their mothers; unable to get her help and advice, they need someplace to turn; ‘Women are waiting longer to have children and more mothers are working mothers.’ 1 Many young men in our society today have grown up without men in their lives to model fatherhood; ‘When fathers feel competent and believe that they can parent well, they spend more time with their children, take on more caretaking responsibilities, and engage more positively with their children.’ 1
Maybe you will think “Not everyone who gets pregnant should parent.” At New Beginnings we discuss the option of adoption with our clients and we work with three licensed Christian adoption agencies, all of whom have counselors available to meet with women here in Brenham to make an adoption plan. ‘About 135,000 children are adopted in the United States each year. There are no national statistics on how many people are waiting to adopt, but experts estimate it is somewhere between one and two million couples. Every year there are about 1.3 million abortions.’ 2
It is difficult to get a woman to consider adoption; over 90% of the time she says “I could never give my baby away!” We aren’t pushy but have been trained in how to keep the discussion going – and we do, even later when she returns for prenatal and parenting classes. In the three and a half years I have been at New Beginnings there have been several moms initially consider adoption but each has changed her mind before the baby was born and chosen to parent. Nationally, ‘Only 4% of women with unwanted pregnancies place their children through adoption.’ 2
When a client makes the choice to parent (or never considers any other option) we encourage them to take as many parenting classes as they can. We offer over 150 hours of instruction, ranging from what to expect during the first trimester of pregnancy to how to set boundaries with teenagers. Our education courses are not limited to those who come for a pregnancy test; everyone in our community – parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, anyone involved in raising a child – is welcome. Our vision is to see an end to broken relationships and families and we believe education is a key component to change.
Because you choose to support New Beginnings, with your prayers, time and finances, you are part of the solution. You are building stronger families in our communities!
Melinda VanOstrand, executive director
1Child and Family Research Partnership
2Adoption Network Law Center