Women in crisis and facing an unplanned pregnancy that come to CareNet are often alone and overwhelmed by their circumstances. Many have little or no support, and consider abortion even when they are grieved by that choice. By counseling women in crisis, CareNet reaches out with love, non-judgmental counsel, and gives practical resources that offer truth and empower women to choose life. All CareNet services are free and confidential, including pregnancy tests, counseling, ultrasounds, spiritual support, material goods, community resources, and parenting assistance.
CareNet counselors understand the obstacles women face in an unplanned pregnancy: pressure from family or friends to choose abortion, financial and medical concerns, relationship challenges, fear of the unknown, guilt and shame, all surrounded by a culture that does not respect God’s gift of life. Our counselors are steeped in God’s truth, motivated by compassion, and skilled at discerning the unique needs of each client. CareNet counselors empower women to choose life.
CareNet’s mission is to provide not only emotional support, but also spiritual guidance. Our counselors engage in spiritual discussions and share the Gospel with as many women as possible, encouraging a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and pointing women in difficult circumstances toward meaningful hope. As God leads women experiencing a crisis pregnancy to CareNet, they not only hear the truth about life, but they are also shown the way to eternity with Him.
In one year, CareNet provides over 1,000 pregnancy tests. When a woman learns she is pregnant, CareNet counselors are prepared. But many pregnancy tests are negative, and this provides a unique opportunity to discuss abstinence. Another important part of CareNet’s mission is working to prevent unplanned pregnancies. CareNet believes in God’s plan for His people, to save an intimate relationship and children for marriage. Each year, CareNet provides abstinence counsel to hundreds of women and couples.
CareNet is the first step for women facing an unplanned pregnancy. Many women come to us before they even know if they are pregnant. CareNet provides lab-quality, high-sensitivity pregnancy tests which are over 99.9% accurate just ten days after conception. A woman learns the outcome of her test during her appointment, and discusses pregnancy options with her counselor in a calm, supportive environment.
Recognizing the potential to save lives, CareNet began ultrasound services in 2002. Ultrasound not only reveals to a mother her unborn baby, but also provides critical information to a woman searching for answers. Ultrasound confirms the viability of the pregnancy and the possibility of miscarriage. For a woman seeking abortion, this information is crucial. Because CareNet provides ultrasounds free of charge, it makes sense for women to visit CareNet before making a final pregnancy decision.
Ultrasound is a powerful tool that reveals truth. Even women committed to abortion are moved by the sight of their unborn child’s heartbeat and activity in the womb. CareNet’s nurse manager spends time providing mothers with as much information as possible on the development of their babies, so that they can make a truly informed choice.
Many women feel compelled to consider abortion because they lack support.
CareNet’s Connections program was developed to encourage local churches to form relationships with women who may have little or no support during their pregnancies. The purpose of the program is to form a network of support around a woman and her baby, so that her quality of life will be enhanced and her spiritual life may be further developed. Connections groups provide a baby shower, and commit to praying for the moms they serve. They may provide other practical help, and even invite their moms to participate in church activities. Click here to contact a CareNet Connections representative.
Material Supplies and Parenting Assistance
Because practical assistance empowers families, CareNet equips three area baby banks to help meet the critical need for baby supplies.
Bridges is a free parenting program designed for families seeking help during pregnancy and the early parenting years. The goal of Bridges is to provide material goods as well as mentoring and spiritual support. Operated by Oak Brook Community Church, Bridges offers both English and Spanish-speaking classes so that clients can learn as they earn the supplies they need.
Additional baby banks are operated by Calvary Lutheran Church in Wood Dale, and Naperville Presbyterian Church. The majority of families who partake of these services are CareNet referrals.
Practical support saves lives! If you would like to help CareNet keep our baby banks supplied, you can drop off donations at any CareNet center, or at Oak Brook Community Church on the corner of Midwest Road and 31st Street. OBCC is available to accept donations Monday – Thursday, 9am to 5pm. The church can be reached directly at 630.986.0310. See a list of CareNet locations and hours. If you have specific questions about a donation, contact a program representative.
- Enfamil Baby formula
- Gift Cards for gas, groceries, Walmart or Target
- New baby items
- Jar food
- Baby toiletries
- Gently used clothing for babies and young children
- Baby blankets
- Maternity clothes
- New mom books
- Children’s toys (in good working condition)
We cannot accept:
- Clothing in poor condition
- Used Car Seats
- Used Breast Pumps
Thank you for your generosity!
Community Resources and Ongoing Support:
CareNet’s mission is to provide practical help to families experiencing unplanned pregnancy, not only empowering them to choose life, but also improving the quality of their lives and providing enduring hope.
To meet ongoing needs and have a lasting impact, CareNet counselors keep in contact with clients long after their initial visits. CareNet also partners with other local ministries and maintains a database of hundreds of community resources. About 10% of CareNet’s funds are spent on follow-up and post-delivery care. For assistance with adoption plans, medical needs, housing, finances, insurance, and more, our counselors are able to walk the distance with families and connect them to the help they need.