The Magdalene Home provides several key services designed to assist young girls. Our main focus is providing a loving and caring environment for these girls with food and shelter in a group living atmosphere with house parents. Here, we insure these precious young ladies receive at a minimum:
- Grooming supplies and clothing when needed.
- Instruction and direction to promote skills for successful daily living.
- House parents will be available to residents to give emotional support and guidance.
- All residents will begin a TEA approved curriculum, working towards a high school diploma or GED within the first week of moving in to The Magdalene Home. Daily class room time will be held at the First Baptist South Campus in Tyler. Class will be a constantly monitored, self-motivated environment, but will have qualified volunteers, tutors and/or teachers available for individual instruction and to be sure residents stay on task.
- Recreational activities of various types i.e.: group games, crafts, outings, swimming, picnics, etc.
- Opportunities (when available) to work in volunteer capacity to learn office skills, receive job experience and gain experience in employee, employer relations.
- Transportation to and from recreational, educational activities and medical appointments, when necessary.
- Individual counseling to explore options of parenting, adoption, and after the baby’s birth issues surrounding the resident’s future. This counseling will be provided in formal and informal settings by staff, counselors (lay and professional), caseworkers and/or House Parents.
- Group discussions of issues facing pregnant young girls.
- Residents desiring to explore adoption may schedule additional sessions with a licensed adoption worker at any time during her pregnancy.
- Medicaid care for prenatal and delivery by an OB/GYN.
- Housemother or volunteer (if family is not available) who will attend childbirth classes with resident and be present during labor and delivery.
- Assistance in obtaining Medicaid benefits.
- Length of stay of residents is intended to be maternity only. Post-partum care and support will determined on a case by case basis.
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One-on-one counseling to help you deal with emotions and determine God's will in your life.
Job and life skills training with professionals who want you to become all God has created you to be.
Bringing physical and moral structure into the lives of the girls, Life Skills class introduces them to issues surrounding nutrition, pregnancy, childbirth, single parenting, adoption, and budgeting.
Mentorship with Godly ladies invested in you and training to prepare you to be a Godly mother for your baby. Sometimes we just need to know that there is someone we can count on. Our mentors will walk this journey with you, answer questions you may have, and help to prepare you for making a potentially difficult choice at this turning point in your life. They will pray with you and stick with you as you determine God’s will for you and your baby. They will also be there afterwards to encourage you as you enter a new phase of your life.
The Magdalene Home is a real home with bedrooms, bathrooms, and living area. The house parents live in the home with the young moms. Traditional family living includes having meals as a “family,” attending church on Sunday morning, barbecues, fun outings, and more. Each mom also has a chance to grow emotionally, academically and spiritually through carefully planned programs. In the mornings and afternoons, residents will attend Bible Club where they will learn about the love of Jesus and how valuable and worthy they are. In addition to learning about the love of Jesus, there will be individual and group counseling sessions along with mommy mentorships. GED and college preparation courses are available if needed.
In the late afternoon, the young girls attend Life Skills classes. All residents attend these classes together, and different speakers talk about a variety of subjects and/or provide hands-on activities. Topics will vary and include things such as newborn care, baby proofing, gardening, adoption preparation, etc.
It is the policy of The Magdalene Home to provide residents with a balanced presentation of all parenting options:
- Placing a child for adoption into a loving family;
- Parenting as a married woman;
- Single parenting, or
- Guardianship with extended family.
The intent of The Magdalene Home is not to promote one parenting option over another but to present all options
It is important that staff, board members and volunteers refrain from giving any advice about parenting options to residents. It is solely the responsibility and privilege of the House Parents and counselors to counsel with residents and present and discuss the benefits and difficulties involved with each parenting option. Residents will receive counseling from a professional counselor on a weekly basis in order to consider all the parenting options and develop a parenting plan. Residents are free from duress to make their own decisions about placing for adoption or parenting their babies.
Residents who choose the option of placing their child for adoption will be referred to and work exclusively with Chosen One Adoption.