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Care Net is a Christian pregnancy center network operating primarily in the United States. Its centers provide Christian, pro-life approaches to women facing unplanned pregnancies. Care Net and its network of more than 1,100 pregnancy centers seek to purposefully serve and empower each woman to choose life for herself and her unborn child. It is the nation's largest network of pregnancy centers.
Care Net’s network of affiliated pregnancy resource centers offer hope to women facing unplanned pregnancies by providing practical help and emotional support. 95% of clients served at Care Net pregnancy resource centers choose life. Care Net’s Pregnancy Decision Line virtually reaches the abortion-minded woman at her point of need to empower her to make a decision for life.
Care Net was influenced by the evangelical leadership of former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop and Christian apologist, Dr. Francis Schaeffer. The organization was founded in 1975 as the Christian Action Council by renowned scholar Dr. Harold O. J. Brown, with its primary focus to engage evangelicals in responding to the "abortion crisis".
In the 1990s, the organization’s mission crystallized into reaching out to women facing unplanned pregnancies through the work of pregnancy centers. In 1999, the organization changed its name to Care Net. Today, Care Net is an expansive network of more than 1,100 pregnancy centers across North America.
In 2009, Care Net pregnancy centers helped more than 425,000 women in need, and nine out of ten pregnancy clients chose life for their babies. More than 23,000 made new or renewed commitments of faith in Jesus Christ, and more than 23,600 participated in a post-abortion recovery group.
Care Net is evangelistic in nature, and says that its "ultimate aim...is to share the love and truth of Jesus Christ in both word and deed" and that its "pregnancy centers are committed to sharing the love of Jesus Christ with every person who walks through their doors." Care Net claims to have effected over 23,000 conversions or restatements of Christian faith. It requires all employees of affiliated centers to comply with a statement of faith. Care Net is headquartered in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.