What is Avail?Avail is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Avail serves women and men living in New York’s five boroughs (and surrounding areas) who are making a decision about an unexpected pregnancy or seeking support after an abortion.
Avail opened its doors in 1996 and is a strictly non-political organization.
What is Avail's mission?To empower New Yorkers facing an unintended pregnancy or past abortion with critical support and resources to inform their decisions, build healthy relationships, and promote healing.
What services does Avail provide?Avail provides pregnancy-verification and decision-making services, pregnancy- support services, and after-abortion support. For a complete list of our services, click here. Avail does not provide or refer for abortions.
How much do Avail's services cost?All of Avail’s services are free. Please call 212-689-1705 to see if you qualify.
What can I expect at my first appointment at Avail?If you are visiting Avail for the first time, you can expect to be warmly welcomed at the door. After you fill out some basic paperwork, you will meet privately with a client advocate, who will facilitate Avail’s pregnancy-verification services (if applicable to your situation). Your client advocate will also offer you a decision-making tool that will help you process your pregnancy options. Avail’s client advocates practice reflective listening, and everything discussed in your appointment is completely confidential.
If you are facing an unexpected pregnancy, you may fear being judged or pressured. At Avail, you will find the opposite. Our staff and volunteers strive to treat others the way they would want to be treated and are non-judgmental, respectful, and supportive. Many of Avail’s clients return for ongoing support after their initial appointment.
What makes Avail unique?At Avail, we understand the challenges of an unexpected pregnancy, and we know how daunting the options can seem. Avail exists to be a safe, supportive environment for New Yorkers making a decision about an unexpected pregnancy.
Our unique model of care combines pregnancy verification services (free pregnancy test and referral to a licensed medical center for a free or low-cost ultrasound exam) with a decision-making tool that helps clients think through their situation, values, and goals. Our staff and volunteers are non-judgmental and respectful, and all of our services are free.
For clients who choose to carry to term, Avail offers a comprehensive pregnancy support program, which educates clients about their pregnant bodies and equips them with practical resources for parenting or adoption.
For clients seeking to process a past abortion experience, Avail offers one-on-one support as well as a nine-week support group that enables women to begin the process of healing.
Avail has served women and men for 20 years, and we believe our model of care empowers women and men facing an unexpected pregnancy to make a confident decision. Read what clients have to say about their experience at Avail here.
How can you help me if I already had an abortion?One of Avail’s service offerings is after-abortion support. Women seeking to process their abortion experience or women who are struggling with unresolved feelings after an abortion experience are invited to meet one-on-one with a client advocate who has experienced healing from a past abortion or to participate in a nine-week support group.
Do you provide services for men?Yes. Avail welcomes men into the decision-making process. Our male client advocates are available to meet with men one-on-one, supporting them and helping them to understand their role in an unexpected pregnancy decision. Male clients who would like support following an abortion experience may also meet one-on-one with a client advocate.
How is Avail funded?Avail is funded by generous individuals, foundations, and faith communities that believe that New Yorkers need a safe place to make a decision about an unexpected pregnancy or to heal from a past abortion experience.
To learn more about the different giving opportunities at Avail, click here. We are grateful for every financial gift.
Is Avail a medical facility?No, Avail is not a medical facility. Avail provides services that equip clients to make a decision about an unexpected pregnancy. All pregnancy verification services, including free or low-cost ultrasound exams and other medical services, are provided by referral to a conveniently located licensed medical center.
Is Avail a religious organization?Avail is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Our staff, volunteers, and many of our supporters are inspired to serve others by their faith. We are proud to have a Christian orientation, like many not-for-profits serving New York City, including Habitat for Humanity and the Salvation Army.