Raising Kids on a Shoestring

FFL's Resource Guide for Pregnant Women & Parents

Feminists for Life is thrilled to announce our BRAND NEW Raising Kids on a Shoestring website filled with free and frugal resource and creative solutions, and practical support that pregnant women, expectant fathers, and parents—including adoptive parents and parents of children with special needs deserve. And it’s just in time for the beginning of the school year and in advance of Respect Life Month.  All of the great information FFL had in the earlier magazine has been updated and expanded at www.kidsonashoestring.com—and there are new sections and fresh content throughout:

·         Pregnancy and Childbirth

·         About Us

·         Feeding Your Infant

·         Pampering Mom

·         NEW Paternal Support

·         Your Special Needs Child

·         NEW Birthmothers

·         Affordable Adoption

·         Healthcare

·         Clothing

·         NEW Safety

·         Food & Nutrition

·         Childcare

·         Housing, Utilities & More

·         Money Management

·         Transportation

·         Education

·         NEW Workplace

·         NEW Family Law

·         Recreation & Fun

·         Do’s & Don’ts for New Mommies


“We’ve never said that being pregnant, placing a child for adoption, or parenting is easy, but we continue to do our best to make it easier,” said Serrin M. Foster, President of Feminists for Life. “Raising Kids on a Shoestring” builds on — and goes well beyond — our earlier versions started in 1994. “The website is soooo accessible and easy for moms on the run to navigate!”

Supportive family and friends, as well as volunteers and professionals, will also want this directory of practical resources and solutions. In addition to pregnant women, expectant fathers, and struggling families, this magazine will become an effective tool for pregnancy care centers, social workers, military chaplains, parenting support groups, food banks and shelters, and an array of counselors and advisors at colleges and universities and in religious communities.

As FFL staff, volunteers and interns worked tirelessly to update and enhance “Raising Kids on a Shoestring,” adding more and more valuable information about free, frugal and creative solutions, it grew to the size of a small telephone book!  So Foster decided to create a new website rather than another print version.

This is our BIGGEST next step to systematically eliminate the reasons that drive women to abortion—primarily the lack of resources and support,” Foster added.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, (the former research arm of Planned Parenthood):

  • 75% say they have abortions because they lack resources and support at work and school,
  • 69% are economically disadvantaged,
  • 61% of women who have abortions are already mothers…

“Women need to know that it is against the law for anyone to coerce them into an abortion by threatening to withhold child support, that schools and employers can’t discriminate against pregnant women, and where to find help if they are victims of violence.”

“Women need to know that there are thousands of pregnancy resource centers across the U.S. waiting to help them, who will love them unconditionally—no matter what.”

“Women need to know that there is help for parents of special needs babies, and if they are unable to raise a child with special needs, they can place the baby for adoption.”

“Women in college need to know that the law requires schools to uphold Title IX to fight pregnancy discrimination and to adhere to the Violence Against Women Act—and that students can help us work with administrators to transform their schools to support pregnant women, parents and birthmothers.”

“Yes, we DO care about women after they have given birth, their children, and fathers, too.” said Foster. “We already know from people who stumbled upon the website that others also want to help.”

Individuals who have ideas to add to the national directory of free and frugal resources and creative solutions are invited to email info@feministsforlife.org.

Individuals who want to help can download our new campaign ad in the “about us” section of the website and post it now at local libraries, grocery stores, pregnancy resource centers, places of worship, women’s resource centers, doctor’s offices and free clinics, at family resource centers on military bases, and all over campus.

Organizations are encouraged to include the campaign ad in their newsletters and link to www.kidsonashoestring.com via their websites.

Abortion is a reflection that we have not met the needs of women. In the tradition of our feminist foremothers, Feminists for Life addresses the unmet needs of women that drives women to abortion.

This is the kind of help women who have abortions say would make a difference. This is what pregnant women say they need. This is what student activists say they want to put directly into the hands of women and counselors on campus. This is what parents want, need and deserve.”

“Yes, we DO care about women after they’ve given birth—and their children.” Foster added in response to the oft repeated myth.

Feminists for Life continues to advance woman-centered solutions—as the only pro-life group in a coalition to advocate for child support enforcement, as the only pro-life group active in the coalition to pass the original Violence Against Women Act and to work for the unmet needs of the poor (including the working poor), as the only feminist group in support of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (AKA Laci and Connor’s Law) and as the leading advocate for the over two decades dedicated to developing on-campus resources and support.

Tax-deductible donations in support of this effort are strongly encouraged and may be made online www.feministsforlife.org/support.