Friday, May 6, 2011

What is the Liberty Godparent Home?



What is the Liberty Godparent Home?  The Liberty Godparent Home is a residential program for young, single ladies facing unplanned pregnancies.  We are dedicated to helping women in crisis by giving them a secure place to live for the duration of the pregnancy and beyond.

Our program is for those between the ages of 12-21 who feel as if they have nowhere to turn or need extra support through the pregnancy.  While in the program, our goal is to equip them for the important decisions that they will face.

Why was the Liberty Godparent Home founded?  The ministry was founded on January 22, 1982 by Pastor Jerry Falwell.  This is a very important date due to the fact that January 22nd is the anniversary of the historic Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion.  The dream of the Home was actually birthed through a reporter who challenged Dr. Falwell at an airport press conference.  She asked him the simple question:  "Is it enough to stand against abortion when you aren't doing anything to help the pregnant girls who have no other way?".  Since that day, thousands of lives have been changed because of this ministry.

Do you have to place your child for adoption?  No.  Each resident will go through a series of classes and will make her own decision as to whether to parent her child or pursue an adoption plan.  In fact, about 60% make a parenting plan for while 40% pursue an adoption plan.  Regardless of her decision, the LGH staff work diligently to equip each for the needs that they will have.

Where are the girls from that come to LGH?  Our residents come from all over the US and beyond.  About 50% of our residents are from within the state of Virginia.

How does a girl qualify to enter the program?  Most make initial contact via phone (1800.542.4453), or through a Pregnancy Center or church.  Each prospective girl completes an application, and admission is based on her level of urgency, our ability to help her situation, and the availability  of space on our part.  Those whom we are not able to house are refereed to other agencies or organization that may be better focused to her specific needs.  The Liberty Godparent Home does not discriminate with regards to race or religious affiliation.

Who is eligible?  Our program is for young women between the ages of 12-21.  A client must enter our program by the 22nd week of pregnancy.

Who funds the program?   This Home is a ministry of the Liberty Godparent Foundation and is completely funded by churches, businesses and individual friends of the ministry.  There is no fee for education, counseling, room/board and classes.  Arrangements must be made for the medical portion of the program.

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