Raising a family takes a lot of time and commitment, and for some parents outside sources are needed to help in raising children. For this reason, community services are available for families in need. The opportunities are endless, as these programs are designed to better the lives of parents and children. To find local family information services in your area, contact the local health department or do an online search. You will find that some family services are funded by the government and can be acquired through the health department. Other services are nonprofit and funded by donations and volunteers. Whichever services you choose to use, know that people are standing behind you in your efforts to raise a family. One of the most important parts of family services is teaching young women about family planning. Family planning services promote the health of women and encourage routine appointments and check-ups. Family planning services also teach young women about contraception methods and how to space children accordingly. If you become pregnant, family planning services also provide pregnancy tests, prenatal advice and care or abortion services. Depending on what you choose to do with your baby, there are services that will support you in your decision to keep the baby, give it up for adoption or terminate it. Counseling is available, as well as donations for food, baby clothing and baby items.