After undertaking a comprehensive analysis of available programs in the community, I have determined that there is a real shortage of social programs aimed at helping expecting mothers understand exactly what parenting entails and what types of skills they need to become the best parents they can be.
Seeking to fill a void in the present social service sector available locally, I propose the creation of a unique set of programs aimed at providing the essential skills required for female parenthood. Society has been changing over the past sixty years and more and more women are having children out of wedlock. In fact, by 2003 53% of all babies born in America where born to single mothers (Snyder & McLaughlin 2004) Arguably, this represents the first time in American history when there have been more babies born out of wedlock relative to babies born to a married husband and wife. Single women who give to birth to, and raise, a child out of the confines of marriage face unique challenges in modern American society. Unemployment and poverty are unfortunately common characteristics of life for single mothers in America. Accordingly, "Unemployed single mothers-both in metro and non-metro areas-report a family income that is only 11 percent above the poverty line, on average" (Brown and Lichter 2004). According to recent reports from the Federal government, the official poverty line or poverty rate for a two person family in the United States is just $14,000 per year (Federal Register 2008). Women who have children one their own thus face incredible hurdles and financial pressures in America today and likely do not have the resources or available income to pay for parenting courses on their own (Lerman 1999). This problem needs to be addressed in the community and that is why I am proposing a series of free parenting courses aimed at the important demographic of single pregnant women in addition to courses aimed at married women who are expecting.
With a desire to help give women the parenting skills necessary to become excellent mothers, this project will be driven by an ideology which stresses the importance of the child above all else. Considerations of pre-marital sex or whether having a child before marriage is proper will have no place at the INSERT NAME OF YOUR CITY HERE Parenting Center. We propose a value and judgment free facility in which the betterment of both the mother and the child remains the top priority. This will be the underlying ideology of the Center. Both child and mother will gain from this organizational mentality and will benefit from a value-free perspective on parenthood. We are aiming to fill an important void in the services available in this respect and look forward to contributing immensely to the availability of proper parenting resources in our underserved region.
From the perspective of overall program delivery, the INSERT NAME OF YOUR CITY HERE Parenting Center will offer a wide array of courses designed for the expecting mother. Whether married or single, heterosexual or homosexual, a plethora of courses will be offered and