St. Louis Mom Guide to Resources for Families in Need


It takes a village. Understanding when you need help and where to get it is essential. St. Louis Mom wants to help you find the resources you need to support your family. Parenting doesn’t have a user manual, so we lean on the support of our tribe to navigate the most humbling of life’s experiences: motherhood. We hope you find the help and support you need!

Bethany Christian Services

Bethany believes every child deserves to be safe, loved, and connected. For more than 75 years, faith has inspired them to stand for children close to home and around the world.

Pregnancy support

Infant Adoption

Safe families for children

Building healthy families

Monday – Friday: 9 am – 5 pm

Bringing Familes Together

Bringing Families Together began their work with foster care case management and resource family development. The agency has expanded to include private adoption services, counseling, and recruitment/training of foster homes specifically for teenagers.

Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 5 pm

Butterfly Haven

Butterfly Haven serves children impacted by Foster Care and families who have experienced a Crisis situation.  We currently serve families within the St. Louis metropolitan area, St. Charles County, Lincoln County, Franklin County, and Jefferson County.

When Butterfly Haven is notified of a child who is transitioning to foster care, a care bundle is assembled for that specific child that includes things like toiletries, coloring books, a blanket, pajamas, and other things depending on the age of the child.

Butterfly Haven fills an important need in the community by equipping foster families so they can focus on the children in their care.

Christian Family Life Center

Christian Family Life Center (CFLC, Inc.) adoption agency is committed to the purpose of working with birth mothers and when so directed, placing as many children as possible in loving families. Our basic mission is to prevent cruelty to children inside and outside of the womb.

Christian Family Services

Christian Family Services, Inc strives to Love, Serve, Empower, and Connect children, families, and individuals within our community.   CFS’s purpose is to serve the community by touching lives through foster care, adoption, transitional housing, and professional counseling.  Our mission is to serve the community by strengthening and supporting families, individuals, and children through compassionate and professional care along with quality social services.

Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 5 pm

Des Peres Foster Closet – One Heart Family Ministries

The Des Peres Foster Closet provides resources and support to foster children and foster families.

Tuesday + Thursday: 9:30 am – noon

Family Forward

FamilyForward is transforming the way we understand the effects of childhood trauma. We use a trauma-informed, developmentally sensitive approach to understanding the impact of a child’s history on current functioning. Our comprehensive services support the child, family, and broader community.

Family Forward moves vulnerable children in the direction of hope by delivering comprehensive therapeutic and educational services to support biological, foster, and adoptive families.

Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Foster + Adoptive Care Coalition

The Foster + Adoptive Care Coalition strives to create permanency in foster children’s lives by recruiting and supporting foster and adoptive families in the metro STL region.

Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Foster Adoption Support Team

The Foster Adoption Support Team’s (FAST) mission is to maintain and improve the quality of life for foster and adopted children, supporting opportunities for a safe and nurturing family environment, through teamwork, training, education and support for foster and/or adoptive parents along with meeting the needs of these children who through no fault of their own have become wards of the state.

Good Shepherd Children + Family Services

Connecting children with families and keeping families connected by providing pregnancy and parenting support, foster care programs, and adoption services.

Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 5 pm

Hoyleton Youth + Family Services

Restoring families, preparing young adults to make positive life decisions, helping parents and guardians be better parents, and providing wellness education are some of the ways we’re working to build stronger communities.


Foster Care + Placement

Therapeutic Residential Care

Young Adults Care

Hispanic Community Support

Community Outreach

Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 5 pm

Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois provides supportive services for children in need and their families. Foster care services focus on placing children who have experienced neglect or abuse in a loving and secure home. Children’s Community Services offers numerous other services to at-risk children and their families in their communities.

LCFS is the second-largest community-based child welfare agency in Illinois, dedicated to improving the well-being of people across the state by protecting children, strengthening families, and building futures for those who have experienced trauma.


Birth parent services


Extended family support

Foster care

Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Lutheran Family + Children’s Services of Missouri

Lutheran Family and Children’s Services of Missouri (LFCS) is a not-for-profit social services organization serving the State of Missouri. Offering programs to support:

Behavioral Health + Prevention



Foster Care

Child + Family Development

Monday – Thursday: 8:30 am – 5 pm

Friday: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Missouri Department of Social Services: The Children’s Division

The Children’s Division is responsible for the administration of child welfare services. The Children’s Division works in partnership with families, communities, the courts and other governmental entities toward ensuring the safety, permanency, and well-being of Missouri children.

One Heart Family Ministries

One Heart Ministries recruited, equips, and supports Christian families for children impacted by state foster care. One Heart walks with families through the entire process of learning about foster care, taking the required training and then supporting families after foster children join their family.

Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 3 pm

Annie’s Hope: Bereavement Center for Kids

A community based non-profit organization that provides comprehensive services to children, teens and families who are grieving the death of someone significant.

Bereaved Parents of the USA

Support groups that offer understanding, compassion and hope, especially with newly bereaved parents, grandparents or siblings struggling to after the death of a child.

BJC Hospice

BJC Hospice is part of a nonprofit health care system, and as part of its commitment to serving the community, BJC Hospice offers a number of grief support programs with no fee for participants.

Compassionate Friend

The Compassionate Friends offers over 500 chapters around the country. In small towns and large cities, bereaved parents, siblings, and grandparents meet together to talk, listen, share, and provide each other emotional support after the devastating death of a child. When you attend chapter sessions, you won’t find professionals running the meetings and giving advice. We are not therapists and we do not provide counseling. Everyone will be just like you – someone who is going through the natural grieving process.

Family Hospice of Belleville: Aching Arms

Aching Arms is a support group in Belleville, IL. for parents who have lost a child of any age.

Grief Share

We are a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. Groups are starting all the time all over the Missouri, Illinois and beyond.

Mercy Hospice South – de Greeff Hospice House

Offering bereavement counseling.

St. Louis Children’s Hospital Bereavement Program

The Bereavement Program at St. Louis Children’s Hospital desires to provide parents, families and the community with resources that meet people where they are and will be of help moving forward on the journey of healing from loss.

National Share

For families experiencing the loss of a newborn, including weekly support groups throughout Missouri and Illinois

ALIVE (Alternatives to Living in Violent Environments)

Empowers domestic abuse survivors and their children through counseling, emergency shelter, and other critical services.

Location is confidential.

Family Forward 

Moves vulnerable children in the direction of hope by delivering comprehensive therapeutic and educational services to support biological, foster, and adoptive families

Trauma assessment and psychological eval


Coaching and education

Foster care and adoption

Early childhood center

Healing Action Network

Partners with survivors and the community to end commercial sexual exploitation. We do this through community awareness, client advocacy, and a comprehensive array of services. 

Healing Action provides direct services to adult survivors of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation in the St. Louis region.

Address confidential.

JADASA (Journey Against Domestic and Sexual Abuse) 

Assist abused and neglected women and teens with support resources and community education to transfer them out of abusive environments and promote a positive and productive future.

Florissant, MO

Kathy J. Weinman Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence

Offers safe shelter and support services to promote the healing of women and their children suffering from the trauma of intimate partner violence. Works together with individuals, families, and the community to break the cycle of violence. Provides safety, encouragement, support, and education through an array of comprehensive services.

Address is confidential. 

Life Source Consultants

Helping physically and emotionally scarred individuals

Crisis helpline

Crisis intervention

Therapy / professional counseling

Support Groups

Emergency legal advice

Domestic and sexual violence education

Lydia’s House

(transitional housing)

Provides domestic violence survivors and their children a safe place to heal, a voice for justice, and an opportunity for better and sustainable lives.

Address confidential.

Safe Connections

The Mission of Safe Connections is to reduce the impact and incidence of relationship violence and sexual assault through education, crisis intervention, counseling and support services.

Crisis intervention

Individual Therapy

Prevention education

Support services

St. Louis Crisis Nursery

We work to ensure that every child can live in a safe, loving home in which they can thrive and reach their full potential. Every day, we strive to make our world a better place for our children so that they have the best possible start in life. Through our efforts to prevent instances of child abuse or neglect before they happen, we boost the positive impact we have on children’s lives and on our communities exponentially.

St. Martha’s Hall

Shelter: accredited, safe, and confidential 12-week shelter program for women and their children

Drop-in Center: confidential, compassionate support for women who are experiencing abuse and resources for family and friends concerned about a loved one

Advocacy: assistance navigating the legal, medical, governmental, and community systems

Community Education: Increasing awareness and understanding of domestic violence to decrease its prevalence.

The Women’s Safe House

The Women’s Safe House mission is to empower women and families to rebuild their lives free of domestic and sexual abuse through emergency services, education and advocacy.

Address is confidential.

YWCA St. Louis

YWCA Metro St. Louis provides a variety of crucial services for women and their families: crisis intervention and housing for victims of sexual and domestic violence, Head Start and Early Head Start education and services that support families, and programs that promote economic stability as a strategy to end racial and social injustice.


Community Action Agency of St. Louis County

The mission of CAASTLC is to stabilize and enrich vulnerable households by instilling hope and creating pathways to empowerment.  We are committed to helping the families and communities of St. Louis County transition from poverty to self-sufficiency for present and future generations.

Emergency Food Stamps / SNAP Program

Food stamp program

Financial help

Utility bill assistance program

Housing and rent assistance

Jewish Family Services

Jewish Federation of St. Louis annually allocates funds to assist individuals and families in the Jewish community who are experiencing financial challenges.

Cash Assistance is available for medicine, medical bills, rent, mortgage, utilities, and technology.

No-Interest Loans are available for education, medical bills, household needs or small business operations or growth.

Monday – Thursday: 8:30 am – 5:15 pm

Friday: 8:30 – 5 pm

PAKT Community Resource Center

A faith-based doorway to a brighter future for families at risk in North STL County

Housing and financial assistance program.

United Way 211

United Way 2-1-1 is your 24/7 connection to agencies and resources near you. Serving United Way of Greater St. Louis’ service area and the entire state of Missouri, United Way 2-1-1 connects people to services that help them live their best possible lives – from basic needs to child care to disaster relief to counseling.

Urban League of Metropolitan of St. Louis

As the leading champion of empowerment and opportunity for African Americans, the Urban League of Metropolitan ​St. Louis envisions a region where all people: Are valued members of the community; Can adequately support themselves and their families; Live in neighborhoods that are vibrant and thriving; and Share in the region’s prosperity and well-being.

HeadStart + Early Head Start

Employment Services

HUD Housing Couseling

Save our Sons Program (helping economically disadvantaged men find jobs and earn a living)

LIHEAP (energy assistance program helping low-income households and seniors with bills)


Community Action Agency of St. Louis County

CAASTLC has a food pantry designed to meet the immediate needs of income eligible individuals or families. A family can receive food assistance every 30 days if necessary, for a maximum of 12 times a year.

Tuesday + Thursday: 9 am – noon

Wednesday: 1 – 4 pm


Operation Brown Bag:

Gateway180 often has free brown bag lunches on hand to distribute to low-income members of the community. Every week, G180 accepts pre-made meals prepared in a certified kitchen from generous volunteers, and then they are distributed to hungry people coming to their front door.

Hunger Hotline: Operation Food Search

Operation Food Search, Inc. offers a Hunger Hotline. Our Hunger Hotline is an emergency, 24/7 service to provide those in need with referral information for agencies in their neighborhoods. Callers are supplied with agency names and telephone numbers.

Jewish Family Services

Supporting families and seniors. Alleviating hunger. Improving mental health.

JFS’ Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry provides at least 10 days of food per month, including kosher options and personal care items.

Monday – Friday: 9 am – 2 pm

Loaves + Fishes

Today we are a thriving food pantry and emergency homeless shelter for families with children. Fifteen thousand people benefit from our programs that now include intensive case management, life skills classes, parenting classes, financial education, counseling, housing readiness, housing navigation, and employment programs. These services include seasonal programs that address food insecurity, family unity, holiday expenses, and just being a kid.

Monday – Friday: 9 am – 2 pm

St. Louis Area Food Bank

St. Louis Area Foodbank is building a stronger bi-state region by nourishing people, empowering communities, and transforming systems. Community mobile markets, senior assistance, school markets, and The Emergency Food Assistance Program offering nutritional assistance to low-income Americans, distributing highly nutritious food to those in need.

St. Louis Dream Center

Our state of the art food pantry partners with local and national organizations to make a difference in the lives of families throughout inner-city St. Louis. We operate a client-choice model that allows anyone in need of assistance to have a say in the types of meals that shop for.

Our hope is that you or anyone you may recommend to us feels appreciated and valued. We realize life is full of difficult decisions, and if you’re in a situation where it’s either the utility bill or groceries, our hope is that we can help make that decision just a little easier.

Tuesdays + Wednesdays: 1 – 4 pm

For seniors: Thursdays: 1 – 4 pm

Urban League of Metro St. Louis

The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis operates three Food Pantries in the Urban League’s St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Clair County offices. The Urban League is a member of the St. Louis Area Food Bank and Operation Food Search, which allows the Urban League to purchase food at little or no cost for distribution to families in need.

Individuals seeking food assistance must be 18 years of age or older and have a picture ID. 

St. Louis City: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
St. Louis County: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm & 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm



Gateway180 is the only 24 hour shelter in St Louis, and the only one that keeps families together. Families in need of immediate housing have access to case management, counseling, comfortable beds in private or semi-private rooms, three hot meals per day, and laundry and mail service.

Open 24 Hours, 7 days a week

St. Patrick Center

St. Patrick Center provides opportunities for self-sufficiency and dignity to our unhoused neighbors and those at risk of becoming houseless.

Monday – Friday: 8 am – 4:30 pm


Home Sweet Home 

The mission of Home Sweet Home is to give under-served families a sense of pride and to improve the quality of their lives by providing basic household furnishings.

Carondelet United Church of Christ

Every second Saturday of the month, Carondelet UCC hosts a Free Store Ministry.  (Note: The Free Store is presently open by appointment only. Please contact Sharon Barnes at the number below to schedule an appointment) The ministry offers free personal hygiene and household cleaning items as well as clothes and other assorted household and living items.  For more information about the ministry please contact Free Store Coordinator Sharon Barnes at 1 (314) 939-0371.

Habitat for Humanity Resources

building materials, appliances, furniture at discount

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Friend of Moms Baby Boutique

Friend of Moms Baby Boutique provides new and gently-used clothing and other resources to parents in need. Anyone who is in need, pregnant, or raising young children is welcome to call for an appointment. 

Connections to Success 

Providing clothing for work and job interviews / job readiness.

At Connections, we provide a comprehensive network of services and support to help people living in poverty become economically self-sufficient. Our model, with lifelong mentoring at its core, delivers evidence-based results and impacts all areas of a person’s life. This is built upon our mission and values.

Urban League Clothes Closet

Clothing at the Clothes Closet is available for the entire family. The Community Clothes Closet also features work attire and clothing appropriate for those seeking employment opportunities.

National Council of Jewish Women

Kids Community Closet (KCC) provides underserved children with clothing, coats, backpacks, school supplies, and personal care items in their school to allow them to attend school every day, which maximizes their learning potential.

ArchCity Defenders

ArchCity Defenders (ACD) is a holistic legal advocacy organization that combats the criminalization of poverty and state violence, especially in communities of color. ACD’s foundation of civil and criminal legal representation, social services, impact litigation, policy and media advocacy, and community collaboration achieves and inspires justice and equitable outcomes for people throughout the St. Louis region and beyond.

Conflict Resolution Center St. Louis

Conflict Resolution CenterSt. Louis empowers people to resolve conflict through accessible mediation, coaching, and education.


Legal Services of Eastern Missouri

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri advances justice through legal representation, education and supportive services. We partner with the community to improve lives, promote fairness and create opportunities for those in need.

Covenant House

Covenant House Missouri (CHMO) serves young people ages 16-21 who are facing homelessness or human trafficking. We meet youths’ immediate needs for safety, food, and shelter, and offer them programs and services that can help them pursue a life of opportunity. All our services are free.

2727 Kingshighway Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63113

Epworth’s Youth Drop-In Center / Street Outreach

Founded in 1864, Epworth is a multiservice agency that seeks to empower youth who have experienced trauma to realize their unique potential by meeting essential needs, cultivating resiliency, and building community. Thousands of youth and families turn to Epworth each year for a full range of services including: therapeutic foster care and case management; residential and intensive treatment; individual/family therapy and comprehensive psychological testing; emergency shelter and longer-term housing services; life skills and vocational training; as well as crisis care and outreach through the Drop-In Center, food pantry, and 24-hour crisis help-line. 

Metro Trans Umbrella Group

To bring together the Trans, Gender Non-Conforming, and QTBIPOC* communities and their support systems in the St. Louis metro area through equity, community, visibility, advocacy and education.

Metro Community Church of Greater St. Louis 

With remarkable warmth and bold, progressive worship, we are cultivating a joyful, supportive congregation where you can explore your relationship with God on your own terms. We strive to be a hub for the entire LGBTQIA+ community, creating a liberating movement within and beyond our church walls. Together, we commit to racial and social justice while embodying an optimistic hope for the future. We invite you to bring your full self to unite your spirituality, sexuality, gender identity, and heart for justice. 


PFLAG ​is the nation’s first and largest organization dedicated to supporting, educating, and advocating for LGBTQ+ people and those who love them.

Pride of St. Louis

For over thirty years, Pride St. Louis, Inc. has been working to raise understanding and acceptance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) individuals in our community. We are not a political group, but rather a community-based organization that envisions a world where diversity can be celebrated and prejudice has been eradicated. We welcome you to join us for a meeting, a workshop, or a special event. As an organization, we are working each and every day to bring about meaningful change right here in St. Louis.

The organization continues to grow, expanding services and hosting many year-round community initiatives, such as:


SLU Queer and Trans Wellness Clinic: 

The Queer and Trans Wellness Clinic @ SLU seeks to be a safe haven and advocate with the LGBTQIA+ community of Missouri. We strive to promote flourishing for LGBTQIA+ people that builds a life and world worth living in.

The Queer and Trans Wellness Clinic @ SLU provides financially accessible, culturally-attuned therapeutic care for the LGBTQIA+ community and their families of Missouri.

What We Offer

  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Family Psychotherapy
  • Couple Psychotherapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Telehealth/Teletherapy

St. Louis Queer + Support Helpline

Our mission is to support and empower the LGBTQIA+ community in the St. Louis MO-IL Metro Area through:

  • Non-hierarchical, peer-based emotional support and non-judgmental space-holding, rooted in healing justice, community care, and holistic wellness;
  • Fostering safe, reliable connections with identity-affirming resources, rooted in mutual aid and abolition;
  • Building community power and systems of feedback & accountability, rooted in transformative justice;
  • Facilitating education and advocacy to uplift queer St. Louisan stories, rooted in oral history and intersectionality.


(health care access / physical and mental health)

Our mission is to increase access to health care for youth who have been disproportionately impacted by HIV, poverty, trauma, and discrimination. In order to protect and promote the physical and mental health of those we serve, we partner with youth to create a safe, welcoming space for them to address their goals and achieve positive outcomes.

TRANS Parent

TransParent envisions a world that honors and affirms the naturally occurring transgender experience. Our mission is to bring compassionate support to parents and caregivers navigating complex issues faced by gender-expansive individuals.

Worthy Mentoring

Worthy Mentoring is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that connects mentors and mentees in the LGBTQ+ Community through a mobile iOS and Android App. The Worthy Mentoring App offers a safe platform for our community to seek personal guidance, professional advice, support, and friendship

Youth in Need

Youth In Need is a nonprofit child and family services agency, dedicated to building positive futures for the community’s most vulnerable children, teens and families.

General Counseling: Youth + Family Based

Avenues Counseling

Counseling individuals, couples, groups, families, children + adolescents.

BJC Behavioral Health

At BJC Behavioral Health we recognize that behavioral health is essential to your well-being. We deliver services that are primarily community-based and coordinate with a variety of agencies and resources in the community. Our mission is to improve the mental health and well-being of the people and communities we serve who are impacted by mental illness.

Multiple Locations

Counseling Associates of Southern Illinois

We are dedicated professionals committed to providing quality mental health and substance abuse services. It is our overall goal to enhance the quality of life for individuals and families. Our belief is that all people are valuable and unique and should be treated with dignity and respect. While recognizing the potential for change, and assessment of the clients emotional, physical, spiritual, and life experience is provided in a caring environment. The growth of the individual is promoted through a course of treatment developed and executed in a timely and cost effective manner.

CrossRoads Counseling

CrossRoads combines innovative clinical counseling with a redemptive worldview to restore people to emotional health, relational unity, and hopeful future.

Get Centered Counseling STL

Our practice, located in Town and Country MO, specializes in Counseling and Coaching with a whole person approach for children, teens, adults, couples and families in the St. Louis County area. Through experience, we’re confident that no problem is too great to overcome.

Monday – Friday: 9 am – 7 pm

Saturday: 10 am – noon

Sunday: By Appointment

Greenway Therapy

Our office has an entire room dedicated to kids of all ages. We saved the largest room for your child’s use! You would be amazed how much teens and adults love the playroom just as much as the littles.





Kaleo Counseling Services

Child and family counseling is a form of therapy that focuses on improving children’s and families mental health and well-being. It is a collaborative process where a therapist works with the child and their family to identify and address issues that may be causing emotional distress or other challenges.

During child and family counseling, a therapist will use various techniques to help children and families overcome their challenges. These may include talk therapy, play therapy, art therapy, and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). The ultimate goal of child and family counseling is to help families and kids develop healthy coping mechanisms, create more, improve communication, and foster positive relationships.

Metro East Counseling

Licensed and experienced professionals, providing services in a confidential environment. Providing individual, family, and couples counseling.

Our counselors have special expertise ​in:

  • Veterans & Active Duty Military issues
  • Marriage & Couples Counseling, using IM​AGO Relationship Theory
  • Men who aren’t sure about coun​seling
  • Anger Management
  • Women experiencing infertility, pregnancy stress or post-partum issues
  • Grief counseling for families and individuals
  • Strategies for dealing with trauma, including PTSD
  • Teens struggling with parents, school, friends, risky behaviors​

Places for People


Each person we serve is a valued member of the community. We meet them where they are and help them reach their full potential. Through our programs, we aim to provide high-quality, recovery-based treatment for mental illness and substance use disorders.

St. Louis Empowerment Center


The St. Louis Empowerment Center is a peer run recovery drop-in center designed to meet the needs of individuals who have lived experience with mental health and or substance use issues.

Terrace Counseling

We’re here for great therapy. Our approach is holistic, depathologizing, and appreciates the nuanced nature of our human experiences. Like movement, nutrition, and connection with others, we see therapy as a foundational pillar of living well.


Family therapy is a form of treatment that helps families deal with their issues and create stronger relationships. During each therapy or counseling session, your provider will explore your family’s roles, rules, and patterns of behavior to help you find healthier and more productive ways of interacting with each other.


Affinia Healthcare

Affinia Healthcare offers a sliding fee scale to all patients that is based on income and household size. Patients who apply and are eligible will pay a discounted fee. Proof of income is required. Payments are due at time of service.

Benefits Explorer

Community Health Clinics provides free quality medical care services in STL to low income families who do not have insurance. Benefits Explorer provides a list of resources depending on your need and location.

Care STL Health

CareSTL Health’s Outreach Department employs Eligibility Enrollment Specialists who are trained Certified Application Counselors to educate and enroll patients in a health insurance plan including Medicaid, Medicare, Gateway to Better Health and the Affordable Care Act.  Our enrollment specialists educate patients about available health insurance plans that will accommodate the individual’s healthcare and financial needs.


CareSTL Health offers a sliding fee program to help reduce barriers to access to healthcare services for our patients. The sliding fee scale applies to patients without health insurance who also do not qualify for Medicaid. The sliding fee scale is based on household size and the poverty guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

Connecting Kids to Coverage: Legal Aid

The Connecting Kids to Coverage Program assists families, children, and pregnant women who are eligible for Missouri’s family Medicaid programs.Connecting Kids to Coverage also works with school nurses, social workers, homeless enrollment, and community partners to assist children and families that need help applying for MO HealthNet coverage.  

Cover Missouri

Promoting affordable health coverage for all Missourians.


American Cancer Society: Road to Recovery

Every day thousands of cancer patients need a ride to treatment, but some may not have a way to get there. The American Cancer Society Road To Recovery program provides transportation to and from treatment for people with cancer who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves.

The Bennett Project

Our mission is to provide support for children with pediatric cancer and their families during and following treatment.

The Bennett Project supports families throughout the St. Louis region with a variety of programming, including: 

– direct financial support to families in treatment

– annual toy and gift card drive for kids undergoing treatment 

– quarterly family social events  

– birthday club for patients and their siblings 

-extracurricular activity grants for patients and their siblings

Our programs are in Cardinal Glennon, Mercy Cardinal Kids Cancer Center and St. Louis Children’s.

Camp Rainbow

The Camp Rainbow Foundation provides free camp experiences and programs for children and families affected by childhood cancer and blood-related diseases.

Camp Rhythm

  • Provide a residential camping experience for area children with congenital or acquired heart defects.
  • Provide a safe environment where campers will learn they are not alone in living with heart disease.
  • Create an environment where it is normal to be sick, tired, have scars and take medication.
  • Allow children to feel accepted, build confidence and make lifelong friends.

Cancer Support Community: Families Connect

Cancer Support Community of Greater St. Louis is proud to introduce Families Connect: A Program for children and teens who are impacted by cancer in the family.

Friends of Kids with Cancer

Friends of Kids with Cancer is devoted to enriching the daily lives of children undergoing treatment for, and survivors of, cancer and blood-related diseases. Our mission is to be an advocate for these special kids providing them and their families with the educational, emotional, and recreational support needed as a result of the long hours of chemotherapy, illness and isolation.

Gwendolyn’s Gifts

Gwendolyn’s Gifts mission is to provide emotional support and financial support to families of children on palliative and/or hospice care in the St. Louis region and surrounding areas.

6209 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, #124, St. Peters, MO 63304

HIS Kids Cancer Support

Founded in 1984, HIS KIDS Cancer Support has been serving kids with cancer and their families for over 30 years! We aim to help them through the devastation of this diagnosis while showing that even through cancer, there can be joy! We operate in the St. Louis city and metro area, serving any families who receive cancer treatments at our local hospitals.

Mighty Oakes Heart Foundation

Our vision is families facing congenital heart defects have the freedom to be a family and have hope amidst the chaos. Our aim is not only to relieve financial burden – enabling them to be in the moment with their young warrior – but to listen, share, uplift and strengthen them as they march on. 

Ollie Hinkle Heart Foundation

The mission of the Ollie Hinkle Heart Foundation is to address the unmet needs of heart families while transforming the future of pediatric heart care.


Operation Family Help

Operation Family Help provides assistance to families in crisis by providing financial assistance for needs not covered by health insurance or for those that cannot afford needed items due to high deductibles.


12639 Old Tesson Road, #115, St. Louis, MO 63128

Perinatal Behavioral Health Service

The St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University Heart Center understands that caring for a medically-complex child can contribute to feelings of anxiety and worry that can be overwhelming. To help provide additional emotional support as you navigate your child’s care, the Heart Center provides dedicated therapists to parents.

12639 Old Tesson Road, #115, St. Louis, MO 63128

Rainbows for Kids

Rainbows for Kids is a 501 (c)(3) charity in the greater St. Louis Area which works with families of children with cancer and other serious situations. We  serve patients from all three pediatric hospitals in St. Louis: Cardinal Glennon, St. Louis Childrens, and Mercy Pediatrics. We also work with Ronald McDonald House and Camp Rainbow. If you know of a family who could benefit by our services, please let us know: [email protected].

Ronald McDonald House

The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis is to provide comfort, care, and a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children. Their objective is to enable families to practice family-centered care by providing them with all of the basic comforts of home.

The Song Society

The Song Society is a St. Louis-based non-profit 501(c)3 organization that provides music therapy, by board-certified music therapists, to support and empower the voices of children (5+), teens and families affected by medical life-changes, cancer and late-effects, or chronic illness.



To reduce the negative impact of alcohol and drug use, abuse and dependency in the Black Communities, families and individuals by providing or ensuring the delivery of quality chemical dependency and related services.

Centerstone Alton

Addiction, also known as Substance Use Disorder (SUD), is a serious chronic health condition where use of a substance is uncontrolled to the point where it creates social problems or results in risky use behaviors. The good news is: addiction is treatable. That’s why, at Centerstone, we’re committed to using evidence-based practice in our treatment programs. What does that mean? It means that the care plan we develop with you will be based on science and research provided by our Research Institute.

Addiction Recovery | Medication assisted treatment (MAT)

The Community Reach 

The Community Reach was established to provide holistic community based programming and services to marginalized communities. Substance Abuse Program including assessments and individual and group support.

Harris House

Our Intensive Inpatient Program is for men and women age 18 and over who have alcohol and/or drug abuse problems. Harris House provides individual treatment plans for each client that typically include individual counseling plus two group meetings every morning and three group sessions every afternoon and evening.


MERCY Substance Use Resources

for low income and uninsured

START HERE: St. Louis Area Resource Directory

Substance Abuse treatment

Bethany Christian Services

Bethany believes every child deserves to be safe, loved, and connected. For more than 75 years, our faith has inspired us to stand for children close to home and around the world. Together, we can change the world through family.

Pregnancy support

Infant Adoption

Safe families for children

Building healthy families

Birthright St. Louis

At Birthright, we understand the challenges related to unplanned pregnancies. Birthright is available to women for as long as they need us. We offer love, friendship, and support to women who are pregnant or think they may be pregnant.  Birthright is interdenominational and is not involved in any political activities, or lobbying. Birthright’s focus is on loving the mother, reminding her that there is hope and ensuring she is not alone.

Christian Family Services

Christian Family Services, Inc strives to Love, Serve, Empower, and Connect children, families, and individuals within our community.   CFS’s purpose is to serve the community by touching lives through foster care, adoption, transitional housing, and professional counseling.  Our mission is to serve the community by strengthening and supporting families, individuals, and children through compassionate and professional care along with quality social services.

Community of Hope

We are a non-profit located in St Louis city that services young moms, ages 11 to 19 years of age. We supply case management, life skill classes, counseling assessments, parenting classes and have an on-site Mommy and Me closet, where we provide all of our moms with free baby items, clothing, diapers etc.

Mosaic Pregnancy and Health Centers

Mosaic Health is also a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We are able to offer no-cost pregnancy resources and screenings through the generous support of individuals and organizations who care about adequate unplanned pregnancy care in Madison and St. Clair counties. We are a pregnancy resource and help center, and stand to gain no profit from your pregnancy decision.

Planned Parenthood of STL

Planned Parenthood provides direct medical care and family planning services to more than 30,000 women, men, and teens each year.

Advanced GYN care

Birth Control

LGBTQ+ Health

Men’s Health

Pregnancy Care

Preventive Care

Testing + Treatment

Women’s Health

St. Louis Crisis Nursery

The Saint Louis Crisis Nursery provides a short-term, safe haven for 5,000 children a year, birth through age 12, whose families face an emergency caused by illness, homelessness, domestic violence or overwhelming parental stress.

All services are completely FREE and VOLUNTARY.

Parenting is hard and can become completely overwhelming when parents don’t have the support they need.
The Saint Louis Crisis Nursery provides care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at five nurseries and support for families at ten Outreach Centers throughout St. Louis, St. Charles, Southern Illinois and surrounding regions.


Multiple STL Area Locations


Your healthcare needs may be a detour, but when you choose ThriVe, it won’t be a dead-end. Our team of Medical Staff and Advocates are on hand to walk with you step by step. ThriVe St Louis Express Women’s Healthcare Low Cost/No Cost Medical Services offers:

  • Pregnancy testing – If you think you are pregnant, the first step is to confirm your pregnancy with a no cost and confidential pregnancy test, verification and ultrasound.
  • STD testing & treatment
  • Pregnancy options
  • Ultrasound services
  • Walk-Ins Welcome
  • Also available: Parent University-Parenting and Life skills classes. Social service and /or referrals for housing, medical care, counseling, utility assistance, food, and more

St. Louis City Clinic: 4331 Lindell Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63108

Monday – Thursday: 9 am – 5 pm

Friday: 9 am – 3 pm


North County Clinic: 11977 St. Charles Rock Road #132, Bridgeton, MO 63044

Monday – Wednesday: 9 am – 5 pm

Thursday: 10 am – 6 pm

Friday: 9 am – 3 pm


St. Charles Clinic: 305A Mid Rivers Mall Drive, St. Peters, MO 63376

Monday + Wednesday: 9 am – 5 pm

Tuesday: 10 am – 6 pm

Thursday: 10 am  – 5 pm

Friday: 9 am – 3 pm

TriCounty Birthright 

Tri-county Birthright in Eureka is dedicated to supporting women carrying and raising healthy babies.

Cap4Kids: Children’s Advocacy Project of St. Louis

Casa de Salud: The mission of Casa de Salud is to facilitate and deliver high quality clinical and mental health services for uninsured and underinsured patients, focusing on new immigrants and refugees who encounter barriers to accessing other sources of care.

Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Program: The Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Program works to increase the independence and  reduce the isolation of immigrant and refugee women by teaching them basic English and practical living skills in the security of their own home.

International Institute: The International Institute’s mission is to help immigrants and their families become productive Americans and champion ethnic diversity as a cultural and economic strength. They do this by providing housing; jobs; English, computer, and citizenship classes; employment training; mental health services; counseling; social work; business development micro loans; small business technical assistance; and other services. 

Greater STL Refugee Connect

Together will serve to the best of our abilities according to each organizations vision. We will continue to advocate for a welcoming region for refugees and immigrants. We will connect this community to resources that inspire growth. We will build the capacity to lead our community forward by leveraging the talent and experiences of the immigrant population as well as the individuals in the affiliated organizations for our common growth.

Des Peres, MO 63131

International Institute of St. Louis

The International Institute of St. Louis (IISTL) is our community’s immigrant service and information hub.

Monday – Friday: 8 am – 5 pm

Missouri Office of Refugee Administration

Youth mentoring, refugee school impact, coordinating resettlement programs across the state

Subcontracts or partners with local refugee settlement programs throughout the state to ensure access to resources needed to help populations rebuild their lives.

Monday – Friday: 8 am – 4 pm

Oasis International

Support, resources, and community for families resettling in STL

Everything we do is designed to help refugees feel at home in our community. How does it all happen? Simple. It’s you. We partner with churches, organizations, and individuals alike to help refugees resettle and thrive.

Monday – Thursday: 10 am – 2 pm

Welcome Neighbor STL

Welcome Neighbor STL has grown from pairing volunteers with the new American families to teaching English, organizing supper clubs/catering events, driving lessons, citizenship classes, family outings, and holiday gatherings.

Monday – Thursday: 9 am – 5 pm

Friday: 9 am – noon

ACORN Children’s Therapy

At Acorn, we understand the profound difficulty of watching your child struggle. Our mission is to help family have more good days, achieve their goals, and witness the joy of growth.

We use a multidisciplinary approach and consult with your child’s other providers (pediatrician, optometrist, psychologist, dietician, etc.). This helps ensure your child will have a consistent program of care.

Behavior Frontiers

We invite you to embark on an extraordinary journey with us to achieve remarkable results through ABA treatment and autism care.

Using our proven ABA approach, we will uncover your child’s passions and spark his or her interests in order to foster an ability to learn new skills and to ultimately become more independent!

Caring Hearts Agency

We provide a range of in-home services that provide the care they need in the comfort of home. At every level, we at Caring Hearts Agency, Inc. recognize and realize the importance of personal connection and meaningful, trust-based relationships.

Community Living, Inc

Community Living works to enrich the lives of people with disabilities so they can achieve their highest potential.

We do this by providing children and adults with services and programs to allow them to live, learn and work in our community.

In turn, they make our community a more inclusive, diverse, and better place to live.

Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments

The mission of the Delta Gamma Center is to help children who are blind or visually impaired reach their full potential through family-centered, specialized services and community support.

Our goal is to help families move forward with anticipation and hope.

Down Syndrome Association of Greater STL

Our vision is for an inclusive community where all people with Down syndrome can achieve their full potential.

Epilepsy Foundation – Missouri + Kansas

The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation of Missouri and Kansas is to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives.

Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern IL

The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation is to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives.

FACT (Family Advocacy + Community Training)

F.A.C.T.’s vision is a community where ALL children and adults are supported through their challenges, valued for their diversity, and fully included as they choose. Our core value of being Family Driven, supports this vision by using a strengths-based, culturally competent, and non-judgmental model to empower families.

F.A.C.T provides a range of services for the families of children who have a mental, physical or developmental disability.

  • Educational Advocacy
  • Family Support
  • Partnership with Families
  • People First


Freddie Ford Family Foundation

The mission of the Freddie Ford Family Foundation is to support under-served families impacted by autism and to raise awareness and acceptance of autism.

Miriam: School + Learning Center

Miriam School provides a personalized learning program, integrated therapies, and a nurturing community for students with unique learning needs. From kindergarten through twelfth grade, Miriam ensures students thrive both academically and socially.

With a low student-to-teacher ratio and a collaborative learning approach, students find an environment full of possibilities. At Miriam School, learning is intentional, collaborative, and personalized, and is designed to meet the unique social, emotional, physical, and academic needs of each student. 


Paraquad champions equity and independence for people with disabilities through services, partnerships, education, and advocacy.

Pathways to Independence

We are more than a recreation-based program. We are committed to developing social, interpersonal and communication skills in individuals with complex cognitive disabilities to help them overcome challenges and thrive.

Speech + Language Center STL

Speech & Language Center STL provides services for children ages 1-13 in the areas of speech and language. My mission is to help children achieve optimal results with their speech and language skills within a nurturing and fun environment.  I strive to provide one-on-one sessions that truly focus on individual needs, which cannot always be met in other settings.

St. Louis ARC

Our mission is to empower people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families to lead better lives by providing a lifetime of high-quality services, family support and advocacy. We work hard to provide the kind of individualized services that can really help make a difference to an adult… to a child… to a family. Services provided are designed to maximize choice and to support people, as they build quality lives within the St. Louis community.

St. Louis Learning Disabilities Association

St. Louis Learning Disabilities Association, Inc. (St. Louis LDA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the understanding and acceptance of learning disabilities.  Targeted solutions are developed for children, parents, and professionals in order to help students maximize their potential in the classroom and in life.

St. Louis LDA is the only organization in Missouri that provides the resources and services we do.

United Services for Children

Turner Syndrome Support of St. Louis creates awareness, promotes the Turner Syndrome Clinics in St. Louis, encourages building relationships among peers, ​presents opportunities for parents to connect, ​and provides information and support to anyone affected ​​by Turner Syndrome in the St. Louis and surrounding areas​. 

Suicide and Crisis Lifeline:


The first thing you need to know is you are not alone. The Provident crisis team is here 24 hours a day, every day, to help with whatever life crisis you are facing. Our mental health experts are a non-judgemental, caring source of information that listen and help you discover what the next steps can be toward overcoming your personal challenges.

Behavioral Health Response (BHR)

Provides crisis support, telephone counseling, and mental health resources.

Compass Health

Through the delivery of compassionate, quality care, we help people find their way along a path to better physical and emotional health. We are Compass Health Network. Operating only from the highest ethical and professional standards, we provide access to innovative care designed to meet the health needs of the communities we serve.


NAMI St. Louis (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families in the St. Louis region. For over 40 years, NAMI St. Louis has worked to promote the development of community mental health programs and services, change public attitudes about mental illnesses, improve access to services and increase opportunities for recovery.

St. Louis Regional Suicide Prevention Coalition

MISSION: We foster hope through an engaged community dedicated to preventing suicide in the St. Louis region by serving as a gateway to education, resources, and advocacy.


The Trevor Project

Text START to 678-678

National organization providing crisis intervention & suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25

Youth in Need

Early Learning: Comprehensive infant and child development services for birth – age 5 and support for parents

Counseling: Individual, family, and group counseling for children, youth, and families experiencing challenges, conflict, or crisis

Youth programs: A continuum of programs that address the needs of youth in crisis or those experiencing homelessness

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Carol Kerber
Carol is married with four kids, who range in age from 10 to 20-years-old. She moved to St. Louis when she was 12, and except for four years living in Southern California as a newlywed, she’s lived here since. As a Mizzou graduate, Carol began her post-college career in publishing, and then switched gears to teach early elementary. Since having kids, she has been lucky enough to stay home with them. The Kerbers call Castlewood Stables in Ballwin their home, and all of their neighbors run around on four legs. While this lifestyle seems a bit foreign to her nature, being part of the STL Mom team is just the opposite. Carol has always loved to write but had never really given that dream wings until now. Being part of the St. Louis Mom team fulfills both the editor and writer in her spirit, and she gets to write about what she knows best: being a mom.