Our History and Mission

Free. Compassionate. Confidential.

Our History

gpc3In 1974, a hotline, called Emergency Pregnancy Services, was established by a group of concerned citizens for the purpose of helping women in crisis pregnancy situations. Now referred to as Growing Parenting Choices, it has remained a leader in the field of crisis pregnancy services. For over 40 years, Growing Parenting Choices has been the preferred organization for women in crisis situations to make an informed decision in Duval and Clay Counties. It is known throughout the community as a place where women and families can receive information, practical assistance, compassion, empathy and hope. Growing Parenting Choices provides all of their services at no cost to their clients through two programs, Emergency Pregnancy Services and Growing Parenting Skills.

Growing Parenting Choices is a nonprofit agency with the mission to empower women to make fact based decisions about their pregnancy without judgment or pressure. We know that knowledge equals power for women in crisis.  Trained counselors provide a caring, non-judgmental atmosphere where women can be educated about their choices. GPC believes that by doing all of this, we can empower women to make the right decision and choose life for their babies. In turn we are helping build stronger and healthier families in our community. Your trust is important.  All services provided at Growing Parenting Choices are free and are completely confidential.



Main Office, Riverside

1637 King Street,
Jacksonville, FL 32204
Phone: 904-308-7510
Fax: 904-308-7003


Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Saturday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
Walk-ins are welcome, no appointment is necessary

Arlington Office

6903 Merrill Road
Jacksonville, FL 32277
Phone: 904-446-9009
Fax: 904-854-0007


Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Walk-ins are welcome, no appointment is necessary

Orange Park

2300 Park Avenue Suite 204,
Orange Park, FL 32073
Phone: 904-215-2797
Fax: 904-215-2439


Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Walk-ins are welcome, no appointment is necessary


Sandra S. Duggan

Executive Director of Development

Jessica Thomas

Office Manager/Pregnancy Counselor

Dejah D'Amour

Sonographer/Pregnancy Counselor

Kiersten McGuinness

Sonographer/Pregnancy Counselor

Mary Stinson

Sonographer/Pregnancy Counselor

Andriea Thompson


Tamara Williams


Hours of Operation

All Office Hours: 
Mon - Fri, 9AM to 4PM

Riverside Only: 
Saturday 9AM to 12PM