The Alternatives to Abortion Program offers services to help women carry their unborn child to term instead of having an abortion. This program also helps support women after making this choice by finding resources to help with caring for a child or by helping women learn more about adoption, if they choose.

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The Top 3 Most Important Parenting Skills

Whether you’re unexpectedly pregnant and considering parenting or a first-time mother searching for resources, you likely have many questions. Parenting requires responsibility, courage, and sacrifice, but what are the essential skills you should have?

We’ll review the qualities that will help you find success. If you feel discouraged, have hope. You can equip yourself with the skills and tools you need to be excellent in this journey.

1. Parent with Love

It’s easy to lose your temper or feel overwhelmed by parenting. After all, it’s a big responsibility, and you may sometimes feel alone. 

Though a safe, stable environment and necessities like food and clothing are essential, your child must feel you do everything in love. This love will help them to grow and flourish. 

2. Practice Patience

Parenting can be frustrating. Remember that feeling difficult emotions is okay, but know when to take a moment for yourself. 

Your newborn will be okay if you set them down for a few minutes and do breathing exercises. And if your older children are particularly excitable or high-energy, remember that they don’t fully control their emotions yet. 

Take time for yourself, and remember to take a deep breath when you are upset or discouraged. We all have bad days, and you must treat yourself with kindness.

3. Know When to Apologize

No parent is perfect, even if someone seems to “have it all together.” You’ll make mistakes at some point throughout your parenting journey, some of which may hurt or confuse your child. Practice humility and model good behavior for your child by apologizing. 

Actively listen to your child and work to understand their emotions better. You’re imperfect, but that doesn’t make you a bad parent. Apologizing to your child will help them realize it’s good to be kind to others and acknowledge when you’ve done something wrong. 

We’re Here For You

If you are a pregnant woman who wants to carry your child to term, are a United States resident who lives in Missouri, and you make less than 185% of the federal poverty level based on your latest tax filing, Missouri Alternatives to Abortion Program can help. 

Our free services help you find food, clothing, child care, parenting skills classes, and more. You don’t have to navigate parenthood alone. Contact us today to learn more.

Meet Our Network of Providers

Alliance for Life
Faith Maternity Care
Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri
Laclede County Pregnancy Support Center
Nurses for Newborns
Mothers Refuge
Haven of Grace
Lutheran Family and Children Services of Missouri
Bethany Christian Services of Missouri

Do You Have Questions?

If you have questions about the Alternatives to Abortion program, please email


Alternatives to Abortion Program
3705 Missouri Boulevard, 2nd Floor
Jefferson City, MO 65109

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