Pro Life, Marriage, and Family Life

Resources for Women and Families Seeking Help

Walking with Moms in Need

Walking with Moms in Need is a process through which Catholic parishes and communities “walk in the shoes” of local pregnant and parenting women in need. On this page, women and families in need will be find available resources organized by county, and parishioners will find ideas about how we can take responsibility for walking with moms in need.


Every day, through a variety of services, the three Catholic Charities Agencies in the Diocese of Youngstown serve the needs of women, families, and those in need.

Access a guide to Catholic Charities locations and services in each of our six counties, and also a comprehensive “Community Guide” with additional services offered by various organizations in each county.

Project Rachel

We are concerned about those whose lives have been negatively affected by an abortion. For those seeking hope and healing, we encourage you to reach out to us through Project Rachel, the Catholic Church’s diocesan-based ministry to those suffering in the aftermath of abortion.

For CONFIDENTIAL help, text or call Project Rachel of Northeast Ohio at 330-360-0430 or visit us online:

Marriage Preparation

Marriage Preparation Information for Engaged Couples

Marriage Preparation Resources for Parishes

Natural Family Planning

Natural Family Planning (NFP) is an umbrella term for certain methods used to achieve and avoid pregnancies. These methods are based on observation of the naturally occurring signs and symptoms of the fertile and infertile phases of a woman’s menstrual cycle.

Married couples using NFP to avoid pregnancy for the time being abstain from intercourse and genital contact during the fertile phase of the woman’s cycle. Likewise, married couples open to the possibility of conceiving a child engage in intercourse during the fertile phase of the woman’s cycle. No drugs, devices, or surgical procedures are used to avoid or achieve pregnancy.

NFP reflects the God-given dignity of the human person within the context of marriage and family life, promotes openness to life, and recognizes the value of the child. By respecting the love-giving and life-giving natures of marriage, NFP can enrich the bond between husband and wife.

Marriage Enrichment

Walking with Moms in Need


First Step for Change

Catholic Charities will hold its annual First Step for Change campaign from Mother’s Day through Father’s Day, honoring the faith, humility and love it takes to raise a child.

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ODJFS Seeks Foster Families

In Ohio, nearly 15,000 children are living in out-of-home placement settings every day. Adoption and foster care can provide a stable, loving home. Learn how to help.

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