Care Net

Rating: 3.5 stars   6 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Health, Religion, Reproductive Rights

Location: 44180 Riverside Parkway, Suite 200 Lansdowne VA 20176 USA

Mission: Care Net is a Christ-centered ministry whose mission is to promote a culture of life within our society in order to serve people facing unplanned pregnancies and related sexual issues. Our vision is a culture where lives are transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and every woman chooses life for herself and her unborn child. 
Geographic areas served: North America
Programs: 1. Care Net is an affilate memebership association representing more than 1,180 pregnancy resource centers located in the United States and Canada. 2. Care Net jointly runs Option Line, a 1-800, 24/7 call center providing counseling and referral services to women in crisis. Care Net advertizes Option Line through the Internet, television and billboards. 3. Care Net conducts "best practices" trainings (online and onsite) for its affiliate members and others through its Ministry Management Solutions program. 4. Care Net holds an annual national conference.

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Rating: 4 stars  

When I first came to CareNet I was a scared, sick, homeless woman. The women there were so warm and loving. I didn't feel out of place or judged. The wealth of comfort and knowledge I received will never be forgotten. If, for whatever reason, I missed a an appointment, they would call and check on me. Even after I had my Alyssa I continued to go and they continued to help in any way they could. They were a huge blessing in my life. I have recommended them room family and friends and those that went had an equally pleasant experience.

*Manassas, Va location

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Maybe find a way for more hours or an after hours hotline.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered at a CareNet center for over 5 years. No one who works with us would treat any client of any nationality with disrespect. Our counselors go out of their way to be kind and helpful. We have clients who come back again and again. Sometimes even after the baby is born, we have some who come regularly as they have grown to love us as we do them. The reviewer who said they were pushing abortion on her could not have been talking to a CareNet center as that is the opposite as what CareNet is all about. If that really happened at a center then that center should be investigated and if that is true, it should be closed.
At our center we provide gently used cribs, clothing, baby items, and new diapers. We sometimes have formula and baby food. We can refer for other types of help and we help our clients apply for Medicade if they need it. We do ultrasounds free of charge if they clients fits into the parameters that our doctor allows. So do not be reluctant to contact a center near you. Most of the centers are very loving and caring.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I see the results of this organization on a weekly basis.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Enroll more volunteers. Open more centers.

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Rating: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I am an educated young woman going through my first (unplanned) pregnancy. Although my boyfriend & I weren't planning on having a baby just yet, we were excited to find out I was pregnant. I had just started a new job and wasn't going to be insured for 90 days, so I took the suggestion of calling CareNet for their free test and ultrasound, just to confirm that the six home pregnancy tests I took were right. The woman on the phone made me very uncomfortable. I explained right away the situation, and that we were planning on raising our child. She cut me off and told me that since I wasn't far along I'd have time to make a "choice." She mentioned abortion 3 times in a 4 minute phone call, even though I kept saying "but we've made a decision. That isn't an option for us." I also mentioned that I would like my boyfriend to be there with me. She told me he could be there if they deemed it "appropriate." When the call ended I was in tears. I was scared about my first pregnancy but I was excited about being a mom. I didn't need my feelings to be disregarded so blatantly.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

No results, because I didn't keep my appointment.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Care Net is a wonderful organization that provides those within the pro-life movement information and resources that will help them move forward in their mission to defend and protect life. Specifically, they provide legal, medical, and training to equip pregnancy resource centers around the nation so they can stay current on relevant issues, and serve their clients better. Our organization benefits with Care Net's oversight and availability because they work to help answer questions, and guide us to being a strong presence and contributor within the community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Care Net has help me numerous times with questions and assisted me in providing sound suggestions, and good practical recommendations that have enable our organization to function more efficiently and effectively. As a result,our clients are better served

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Rating: 1 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

This place does not do what they promise. They force religion on you and do not perform ultrasounds even though they say that they do. They try to get you to think the way they do about everything. They say hurtful things and are emotionless. They bash other pregnancy centers based on rumors. They care more about getting you into religion than they do about your pregnancy. They look down on you if you aren't of a certain age and look/attitude. Their so called free pregnancy test is a dollar store test. I don't know about ALL Care Nets but this is definitely how the Stuart one is. This is what I experienced going there and getting nasty e-mails from one of the employees named Sue Chess.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Stuart, Florida.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hire all new employees that do not care what kind of person you are or if you're religious or not. I would have them perform ultrasounds since they promise that they do. Have the employees not send out hateful e-mails and treat people badly.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Nothing.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Horrible, rude, forceful and disrespectful people.

Ways to make it better...

they treated everyone with respect and performed actions they promise. As well as not forcing religion on others.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Getting any of your own words and views in. Trying to get the things they promise.

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I have a one month old son, and I have been going to carenet for 10 months for pregnancy support. The staff is very caring and focused on providing for the needs of pregnant couples and for the needs of the unborn and young babies. My husband and I feel very comfortable going to Care Net and sharing any concerns or issues we might be having, as well as anything exciting news we might have. I would recommend Care Net to anyone who is expecting or has a baby. If you need support, advice or just someone to talk to Care Net is the place you want to be.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My understanding of my needs as a pregnant woman and a new mom. My role as a wife and mother, and my husbands role as a father and husband.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The new friendships I have gained

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Caring, helpful and genuinely interested in my welfare and that of my husband and son

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

have a bigger outreach

Ways to make it better...

There were more time slots for my counselor

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

people making assumptions about what services they provide

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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