Birth Haven: Shelter and Hope for Young Mothers
Birth Haven is an independent, non-sectarian, non-profit organization that provides shelter, support, and education for homeless, pregnant women and girls. Established in 1985, Birth Haven, Inc is a 501(c)3 organization that supports pregnant girls and young women from throughout the state of New Jersey and its Tri-State area. The program operates a transitional living facility in Newton, New Jersey that can house 9 individuals and their babies at any given time. Most residents are between the ages of 17 and 21, and represent fullest diversity in race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, and life circumstances.
The agency provides a safe and nurturing environment in which to carry an unexpected pregnancy to term, while additionally helping the resident learn the tools necessary to achieve greater self-sufficiency. Individuals served by the organization include both those who intend to raise their child after delivery and those who opt for adoption placement. Most residents stay at Birth Haven throughout their pregnancy and up until 6 weeks after the baby’s birth, exceptions are made when it is in the best interest of the mother and infant.
Most of the residents who come to Birth Haven are in significant crisis. Many prospective participants are already homeless or are at risk of abuse in their current living situation. For some, reunification with family or partners is possible, after personal growth is attained through the individual therapy that Birth Haven provides. While others set out on their own after the baby is born with a new found independence and valuable life skills learned during their stay.
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Last Updated: 01/31/19