Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach

A Place of Hope and Help

aka Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach, Inc.   |   College Station, TX   |  www.pregnancyoutreach.org

Mission

Providing support for those in unplanned pregnancies
Pointing them to Christ
Promoting adoption as a loving alternative

Geographic Population Served:
Pregnant clients and teen parents - 7 county area in Texas known as the Brazos Valley (Counties of: Brazos, Washington, Grimes, Robertson, Leon, Burleson, Madison)

Adoptive Parents - Two-parent families in the state of Texas

Ruling year info

1999

Executive Director

Kim Schams

Main address

410 Harvey Road Suite 300

College Station, TX 77840 USA

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EIN

74-2893803

NTEE code info

Family Services (Adolescent Parents) (P45)

Adoption (P31)

Single Parent Agencies/Services (P42)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our mission is to stop cycles of abuse and neglect to babies born in unplanned pregnancy and to point people to Jesus Christ. Texas has the highest child abuse fatality rate in the nation. Most victims are under age 3. Children of teen parents have an 80% higher risk for abuse/neglect. As of 2017, Texas also has the highest rate of repeat teen pregnancies in the nation. Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach is on ground zero preventing cycles of abuse through innovative programs targeting at-risk teens and women in unplanned pregnancy. Through all of our programming, clients learn of the unconditional love of Christ.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Outreach to Teen Parents

The Mama Club meets weekly during the school year.  30-40 teen moms attend with their children.  They eat a hot meal donated by community groups, have a time of games or skits, and receive lessons on parenting and life skills in a Christian context while volunteers care for their children in the nursery.  They earn points (Mama Bucks) which they can spend at our "Mama Store" to purchase baby equipment.  Additionally, they can receive used baby clothes and one bag of diapers each week.
Parent Academy: APO staff goes to each of the 4 public high schools once a week to lead this parenting class.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

APO's adoption services focus on domestic infant adoption.  We see our adoption program as a service to our clients facing unplanned pregnancies.  In our adoption program, APO's role is to help babies find married couples that are prepared and ready for parenthood.  Our focus is not the other way around:  finding babies for good parents.  This objective view allows our counselors to guide our clients in looking at all possible ways that could assist them in parenting their baby themselves.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Adolescents

Staff caseworkers provide pregnancy counseling, transportation to appointments, assistance obtaining immediate needs such as food, clothing, shelter, medical care and other social services.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Child Placing Agency 2002

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2011

Awards

Jefferson Award to Exec Director, Kim Schams 2007

Jefferson Award for Public Service

Daily Point of Light Award 2007

Points of Light Foundation

Affiliations & memberships

United Way Member Agency 2008

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 2011

National Council for Adoption 2008

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants counseled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Support for those in unplanned pregnancies

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This is the number of pregnant women and their partners who received counseling and support services from our staff.

Number of direct care staff who received training in trauma informed care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Outreach to Teen Parents

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Our staff understands that trauma in our clients' past affects their current behavior. This helps us get to the core, underlying issues for more effective counseling.

Number of youth who have a positive adult role model

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Outreach to Teen Parents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These are the number of Teen Parents who attend our Mama Club and Real Men Programs.

Number of mentors recruited

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Outreach to Teen Parents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These mentors support our teen parents (teen moms and dads) They lead small group discussions on Mama Club nights and connect with their teens throughout the week.

Number of children adopted into Christian homes.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Adoption

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The adoptive couples of Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach have been married at least 3 years, are both Christians, and one of them commits to being a stay-at-home parent until the child is in kindergarten.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Through the programs of APO, our aim is to:

- ensure that women and teens choose life for their baby

- share with women the various options beyond abortion available to them

- provide any means necessary to help a teen or woman in unplanned
pregnancy carry her baby to term, as well as counseling and help after birth

- ensure babies born from unplanned pregnancy grow up in a nurturing home never to suffer abuse or neglect

- encourage and equip those in unplanned pregnancy to be successful in not only parenting or adoption, but to complete school, to be gainfully employed and healthy in the immediate future

Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach (APO) serves pregnant teens, teen parents, and adults in the midst of unplanned pregnancies to give them a place of hope and help.

STRATEGY 1: TEEN PARENT OUTREACH
The majority of teens facing unplanned pregnancies choose single parenting over adoption. We know that children raised by teen parents who are already living in cycles of poverty, abuse, and neglect themselves face the highest risks for abuse and neglect. The success of our programs lies in mentoring relationships, educating teenagers on parenting and how to graduate from school while raising a baby.

The majority of parenting programs have been cut out of the local school district budgets. APO's Parent Academy, Mama Club and Real Men now fill the gap for teen parents at no cost to taxpayers.

About Mama Club/Real Men: Teen parents come to the Mama Club (girls) and Real Men (guys) with their children on Thursday nights. Local church and community groups donate a full meal for the teens and children. Volunteers care for the babies/toddlers in the nursery while TAMU Young Life leaders get the teens involved in games and skits. Fun and games break down barriers and promote a sense of community in the group. During the “Club Talk," adult leaders teach lessons related to parenting. The teen parents then break into small groups lead by mentor moms/dads enabling them to directly apply the lesson learned. Mentoring relationships are formed with volunteer mentor moms/dads, and Aggie Young Life leaders. At no cost, teens receive 20 diapers each week, formula, and trips to the Mama Store where they “buy" baby items with “Mama Bucks" earned. TAMU Young Life leaders and volunteer mentors provide the transportation for most teens, often traveling 20­-30 miles round trip each week. The volunteers also connect with the teens during the week strengthening trust in the mentoring relationships. When parenting frustrations rise, the teens know they can call their mentors if tempted to abuse their child.

About Parent Academy: Since 2015, Bryan ISD and College Station ISD have both invited APO into the classroom to teach a weekly Parent Academy class. Parent Academy is open to pregnant or parenting high schoolers at Bryan HS, Rudder HS, Mary Catherine Harris School, A&M Consolidated HS and College Station HS.

STRATEGY 2: FREE COUNSELING
Our licensed counselors offer women in unplanned pregnancy help with immediate needs including healthcare, transportation to appointments, housing options, and more. Most importantly, we offer an atmosphere that is free of judgement and ready to listen and help in a time of crisis.

STRATEGY 3: ADOPTION SERVICES
We are a licensed adoption agency. If a women or teen is interested in making an adoption plan for her baby, there are no fees. We will walk a birth mom every step of the process from choosing a prospective family to covering all legal bases to post placement counseling. APO's waiting adoptive families are two-parent, Christian couples, married at least 3 years.

For over 20 years, APO has been a source of hope and help to those in unplanned pregnancy. Our experience in understanding the needs and risks of those in unplanned pregnancy gives us a firm foundation for making lasting change in a life.

Our paid staff of 8 includes 3 licensed pregnancy counselors, 1 RN, and LMSW, and strong support staff.

We have a Board of Directors who are actively involved in supporting APO's programs in the community.

Most importantly, we have nearly 200 active and loyal volunteers who are bought in to the lasting change APO offers to the lives of children.

For over 20 years, APO has been a source of hope and help to those in unplanned pregnancy. Our reach has grown year over year and our program on average impacts over 400 people annually. Our innovative approach has proven so successful at achieving results that the local school districts continue to want us to conduct our programs on school campuses.

Research is clear that prevention programs like APO's can protect children. By engaging at­ risk teen parents during their child's most vulnerable years, we can prevent harm. The likelihood of success in health, emotional well being, education, career is most probable when a child begins day one in a home where all basic needs are provided, a healthy lifestyle is modeled and a nurturing, loving environment with proper boundaries is the standard. APO's Parent Academy and Mama Club/The Real Men are programs that work toward that end. Our investment with at ­risk teens isn't about handouts — it's about empowering them, giving them hope and educating them to their possibilities.

APO has also facilitated 118 adoptions through the year 2019, children who are being raised in 2-parent, Christian homes.

Financials

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Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach

Board of directors
as of 10/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Eddie Coulson

Gabe Bock

TexAgs

Eddie Coulson

N2Learning

Julianne Daniel

Daniel-Stark

Fred Bingaman

USDA

Tiffany Wall

Marilyn Hooton

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/28/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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