Care Net Pregnancy and Resource Center of Santa Maria is proud to be a new member of the Chamber of Commerce!  They have been serving the community for 24 years and all of their services are free of charge.  Care Net looks forward to expand their free services to include ultrasound and STD testing.

Currently, Care Net offers, free of charge, pregnancy tests, parenting classes, information on STDs and fetal development, baby and maternity clothing and supplies, community outreach to the local schools and Juvenile Hall, and post-abortion counseling.  As a 501(c) 3, Care Net is funded solely by donations from individuals, businesses, fundraisers, and grants.  They receive no government funding.  Last year, Care Net served over 1,300 clients.

Care Net is run by four paid staff and 21 volunteers.  Each volunteer must go through 22 hours of training and attend quarterly in-services.

If a girl finds herself needing a pregnancy test, Care Net will provide that for her.  Often times a girl may be in a crisis situation and Care Net will come alongside her, no matter what situation she finds herself in, and provide her information on all of her options: parenting, adoption and abortion.  Care Net does not refer for or perform abortions.  If a client chooses to place her baby for adoption, Care Net will help walk her through the process.  For those who choose to continue with the pregnancy, they are given the option to enroll in the parenting program where they can gain parenting skills and access to baby clothing and diapers at no charge.

Care Net’s one-on-one parenting classes are open to anyone.  They have over 150 parenting topics ranging from pregnancy to adolescents.  They even have a specific curriculum just for dads.  Some clients are referred to Care Net by Child Welfare Services (CWS) or the Probation Department, and Santa Barbara County sees their classes as one of the ways clients can be reunified with their children.  Last year Care Net facilitated over 1,100 parenting classes and that number grows each year.  Classes are also available in Spanish.

Community Outreach is a big part of what Care Net does outside of the center.  Teachers from all of the local public and private high schools as well as Allan Hancock Junior College invite them into their classrooms to teach students about healthy relationships and boundaries, fetal development, STDs, and adoption.  Their team speaks to over 3,500 students every year.

Another part of Community Outreach is weekly visits to the youth in Juvenile Hall.  Two teams go in to talk to the youth about relevant topics, and also hold a weekly bible study for those youth who are interested.  Their Life Skills team targets 16-17 year olds who are out on probation but are mandated to take the Life Skills class, which is held on the campus at Juvenile Hall.  Students are taught goal setting, money management, creating a budget, apartment renting, finding the right roommate, grocery shopping, how to complete a job application, they hold mock interviews for them, and more.  The goal is to equip and prepare these young adults to be good citizens in our community, and what it means to be financially responsible.

Our post-abortion bible study support group is open to anyone who has made that choice in the past and needs healing from the affects of it.  It is taught by a woman who has been through it and she has such compassion to see women healed.  Our desire is that hurting women, no matter what age, get freed from the strongholds and bondage that abortion can cause: anger, bitterness, resentment, guilt, shame, just to name a few.  This support group is also available in Spanish.

For more information on Care Net, visit www.carenetsm.com.  They are located at 121-A West Battles Road, behind Del Taco at Battles and Broadway.  If you would like to know more about their services or how you can become involved, please contact the Executive Director, Christina Soltan, at (805) 928-9285 or email christina@carenetsm.com.

The mission of the Care Net Pregnancy and Resource Center is to serve without censure or judgment, as an expression of the love of Christ, those affected by a crisis pregnancy and related issues.