What is Alternatives to Abortion?

Alternatives to Abortion is a state-funded program available to women who are residents of Missouri. You may utilize the services through pregnancy, up until your child is one year old. These resources are available completely free of charge to those who are eligible.

What services does this program offer?

The Alternatives to Abortion program offers a number of resources related to pregnancy, parenting and adoption:

  • Adoption assistance
  • Case management
  • Child care
  • Domestic abuse protection
  • Drug and alcohol testing and treatment
  • Educational services
  • Establishing and promoting responsible paternity
  • Food, clothing and supplies related to pregnancy, newborn care and parenting
  • Housing
  • Job training and placement
  • Medical and mental health care
  • Newborn and infant care
  • Parenting skills education
  • Prenatal care
  • Transportation
  • Ultrasound services
  • Utilities

How do I know if I’m eligible?

These services are available to women who are Missouri residents, who are not choosing to have an abortion, and who are at or below 185 percent of federal poverty level. This is determined by the exemption status of your federal income tax filing. If you aren’t sure whether or not this is you, the staff at Ray of Hope can help determine whether or not you are eligible.

What’s the purpose of Alternatives to Abortion?

Alternatives to Abortion exists to offer women the resources they need to choose either adoption or parenting confidently for their unexpected pregnancies. It allows women to have a real choice regarding their options, rather than making them feel as though there is no option other than abortion.

If you are interested in applying for Alternatives to Abortion but don’t know where to begin, Ray of Hope can help you get started. Contact us to learn more about this program and whether or not you are eligible to receive services through it.