Am I ready to be a parent?
Being a parent is one of Life’s most rewarding and challenging experiences. You may be questioning if you have what it takes. Parenthood seems impossible until you realize the services and resources already available. Let us show you how to become the best parent possible.
No one is entirely prepared to parent. Because each child is unique, your parenting style must be unique too. We’re sure the idea feels overwhelming, but take a step back and ask yourself some essential questions:
- Would I have the support of the birth father, my parents, or my friends?
- Will I have somewhere to live?
- What type of income do I have?
- Are there resources available to me?
- What will my future look like?
Even though you may not have the answers to all of these questions, we’ll help you find the services and resources you need.
What We Provide
We want to take the time to get to know you and understand your unique situation. LifeNet advocates are here to provide you with confidential and personalized support.
We believe a successful parent is an educated parent. Our BrightCourse program is essentially Parenting Hacks 101! The BrightCourse Program consists of the following areas of study: Pregnancy/Birth, First Year, Toddler Development, Parenting, Life Skills, Positive Relationships, Fatherhood, and much more.
LifeNet offers a program called Earn While You Learn. You can earn free baby gear while you learn parenting basics. After completing a class, you can use your “Baby Bucks” in our Boutique to purchase baby/maternity clothes, diapers/wipes, furniture, and more.
Our no-cost parenting classes offer the support and information you need to prepare for parenthood. BrightCourse also has LifeSkills Lesson Packs, and you can take all classes on your mobile device or at our center with one-on-one support.
Learning For Life
LifeNet offers several classes to help your personal, physical, and spiritual growth. Our Learning for Life program educates pregnant women on the stages of pregnancy, what to expect in each step, and planning for the first year and beyond.
We offer women with infant children through 3 years of age, grandparents needing resources to raise a grandchild, and the baby’s father, whether he is with the mother or a part-time dad, the skills they need. Participants attend regularly-scheduled classes. Clients can earn points and receive items from the Baby Boutique by participating in the classes.
Information covered in Learning for Life includes:
- Pregnancy development in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd trimesters
- Labor and delivery
- First Year — what to expect
- How to promote healthy sleep habits
- Finances and budgeting
- Bible studies
- And other life skills
Our Baby Boutique contains numerous items available to clients in exchange for points earned through our Life Learned program or BrightCourse.
Examples of items that may be available to clients from the Boutique include:
- Maternity clothing
- Infant and toddler clothing
- Baby formula/ baby food (earned points not required)
- Baby wipes
- Stuffed animals
- Furniture (cribs, swings, nursing pillows, car seats, etc.)
- Baby bottles
- Educational pamphlets on numerous subjects
- Books for checkout and return (on parenting, for kids, etc.)
Community and County Referrals
A trained volunteer client advocate discusses your individual needs and shares information on which services and referrals may be available. They will discuss the obstacles you may be facing and work with you to explore ways to overcome them.
Is Parenting Right For You?
Throughout your experience, your client advocate will check on your wellbeing and progress. Discuss your needs and potential classes with your advocate as you consider parenting or complete an online request.