Birth Mother Fund
The birth mother fund supports women in financial need who have chosen to provide families with the greatest gift possible, a child.
Case study: How the Birth Mother Fund Helped Cindy
Cindy is one of 127 women who worked with Adoptions From The Heart this past year to make an adoption plan for her infant.
Cindy is a single woman whose work requires she be on her feet 8-10 hours a day. She worked up until the day she delivered. Because she doesn't get paid sick leave, Cindy needed to return to work just 4 days after delivering her baby. Within weeks of returning, her position was terminated.
Cindy immediately began seeking work. Times are tough and despite being willing to do any kind of work, Cindy was having great difficulty finding openings. After paying rent with unemployment compensation, Cindy was left with only $40/month to cover transportation, food and phone.
What would you do with $40?
Cindy quickly fell behind on her rent. She needed to use a portion of her unemployment check to pay for bus fare and phone expenses she accrued during her urgent job hunt.
How long could you live on $40/month?
Within about three months, Cindy was faced with eviction. She found a part-time job that was helping her to barely meet her expenses, but it was not nearly enough to pay back the due rent.
Donation from people like you helped Cindy!
AFTH was able to use donations from the Birthmother Fund to help Cindy pay her back rent and keep her from being evicted. Currently Cindy is working at her part-time job while continuing to look for a full time position. She has also applied for a Pell Grant with hopes of returning to school in the fall to build upon her skills so she can obtain a more stable job to better provide for herself.
Cindy was only one of the women needing help from the Birthmother Fund this year.
More success stories
Shandi & Brian - homeless marred couple, staying in tent on a plywood platform in park, living on food stamps, using local day center to shower and network for jobs, walking 3 miles each week to sell plasma for $25. (AFTH donated two bikes - couple able to travel for job opportunities, plasma donation and food)
Jan - diabetic, high risk pregnancy, kicked out of home at 7 months pregnant and living in shelter (AFTH provided for housing expenses)
Brittani - living in a domestic violence shelter, unpaid maternity leave from job and unable to pay move-in costs for transition housing, deadline for housing opportunity fast approaching (AFTH covered move-in costs from shelter to apartment)
Kara - Suffering from post-partum depression, boyfriend lost job, about to be evicted (AFTH provided counseling for Kara and helted with utilities and back rent so they could keep their apartment.)
Crystal - 2 children at home, not able to work last month of pregnancy, unable to pay utilities (AFTH provide food and covered costs of utilities for the month) In this economy, more often than not, the financial need of birth parents far exceeds the ability of adoptive parents to offer support and AFTH cannot provide for every birth mother in need without help from donors like you. The women needing financial help varies; the need for donations from adoption supporters like you is urgent and the need is now.
Please consider supporting birth mothers
- A donation of $100 can provide food to fill an empty fridge and clothing for a job interview.
- A donation of $150 to $200 can cover utilities and phone about to be shut off.
- A donation of $350 or more can prevent a pregnant woman from being evicted from her apartment.
The generosity of donors is always appreciated no matter the size of the donation. The assistance provided is life changing to the women in need of a little extra help.
You heard the stories of the women who were in need of assistance this past year. Partner with AFTH and make a donation for women who will be in need this coming year.