Care Net is an evangelical Christian crisis pregnancy center organization operating primarily in the United States. As a pro-life organization its centers seek to persuade a person not to have an abortion. Headquartered in Northern Virginia, it is the nation's largest affiliation network of pregnancy centers.
According to its literature Care Net was influenced by the 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 Dr. Harold O. J. Brown, with its primary focus to engage evangelicals in responding to the "abortion crisis". It opened its first crisis pregnancy center in 1983.
In the 1990s, the organization’s mission shifted toward supporting anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers; in 1999, the organization changed its name to Care Net. Today, Care Net has more than 1,100 affiliated pregnancy centers across North America. In 2012, Roland C Warren, former President of the National Fatherhood Initiative, joined Care Net as President and CEO.
In addition to counseling clients against abortion, Care Net affiliated centers may provide clients with services such as temporary shelter, help with jobs, debt and welfare applications, Bible study, and baby supplies such as used clothing, diapers and formula. Care Net, like other CPC networks, touts medically disputed or discredited information about the supposed health risks of abortion; it sometimes locates its centers near Planned Parenthood clinics and uses signs that read "Pregnant? Considering abortion? Free services," or otherwise advertises them as though they were medical clinics. Some Care Net affiliated clinics offer ultrasounds. Care Net pregnancy centers have been honored by at least fifteen state legislatures, according to advocacy organization Americans United for Life.[better source needed]
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 and volunteers of affiliated centers to be Christian and comply with a statement of faith.
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