Bayard House – residential maternity care
How Catholic Charities Helps
Bayard House is the only fully licensed
residential program serving homeless or transitional pregnant minors in
Delaware. The mission of Bayard House
is to provide residential, educational, and referral services to at-risk
pregnant teens/women and to young families in need, so that they may become
nurturing parents and independent, contributing members of society.
Beyond meeting the immediate needs of
homeless pregnant women – namely shelter and food – Bayard House also provides
its residents with educational and employment assistance, access to health
care, birthing & parenting classes, independent living & home
management skills, and pregnancy counseling & referral services.
The long-term goals of Bayard House
include lessening the rates of infant mortality and child abuse in Delaware,
providing a supportive environment for childbirth, building healthy families
with healthy children, and reducing teen pregnancy rates through education and
provides 24-hour residential care to at-risk pregnant minors and women by
· Individualized case management services
to ensure each resident achieves secure housing, nutritious meals, and
· Access to pre-natal healthcare,
birthing classes, and counseling
· Parenting and independent-living
· Information and referral services for
those at-risk for low birth weight babies, child abuse, neglect, teen pregnancy
and lack of pre-natal care
· After-Care programming and support
which includes transportation to medical appointments, referrals for housing,
employment assistance, continued social services, emotional support, and home
Bayard House is licensed to serve 14
pregnant teens and/or women at any given time in a home-like environment. The staff consists of professional case
managers, social workers and direct service personnel. Full- and part-time staff members operate
the program 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
For over 20 years, there has existed a healthy relationship with the
State’s Department of Family Services (DFS) and Bayard House has been home to
pregnant minors while under the State’s guardianship.
Since its inception in 1979, Bayard
House has celebrated the birth of over 700 healthy babies. In 2004 the facility, then known as The Home of Divine
Providence, merged with Catholic Charities and became known as Bayard House.
How to get help
To get help, or to get more information
about the program, contact Bayard House at
300 Bayard Avenue
Wilmington, Delaware 19805
Click here to send an email
for more information.
If you are in crisis, call our toll-free, 24-hour pregnancy
counseling at 1-877-225-7870
How You Can Help
Click here to donate to Bayard
House using a credit card. You may also send a check to Catholic Charities,
2601 W 4th Street, Wilmington, DE 19805, and designate Bayard House on the
check memo line.
Hold a baby food or baby
clothing drive. Ask your family, friends, neighbors, or civic group to hold a
“Baby Shower” and bring items new moms need for their babies, like diapers,
baby wipes and other hygiene items, baby cereal and food, and clothing.
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