How We Began - Our Mission - Our Accomplishments
One of the most meaningful experiences in my life has been the opportunity of founding and managing the Nurturing Network.
To augment what you may already know about this life-affirming program, it is an international charitable organization that I founded in 1985 following the loss of my first child in a mid-trimester miscarriage.
As I considered with far greater empathy how women who face the crisis of an unplanned pregnancy alone must feel when they believe that they have no other “choice” than abortion, I could more fully understand that it is truly not enough to say that we are “for life” unless we are prepared to help provide the practical means to support life.
In the quiet moments following my own miscarriage,I became increasingly aware that out of the death of one could be saved the lives of many. With renewed energy and commitment, I began to research the industry of abortion -- whom it serves and how the women who seek this solution arrive at this decision.
My informal research revealed that behind most abortion statistics lies a startling truth: The vast majority of women who “choose” abortion feel it is their only alternative. In other words, most women who undergo this medical procedure do not experience anything close to the popular rhetoric that refers to “freedom of choice.”
Our goal at the Nurturing Network
Our 52,000 volunteer Member Resources form an extensive employment, medical, educational, counseling and residential Network which enables a woman to continue the life of her unborn child -- without sacrificing her own educational or career development.
By placing values into action, our volunteer Members, Corporations and Foundations from all across the country have been able to provide for the comprehensive needs of 25,000 mothers whose own support systems have let them down.
Whenever confidentiality or safety is an issue, our unique program facilitates the relocation of our Client to one of our Nurturing Families where she can receive as much assistance as she needs in her new environment.
I hope that you will take a moment learn more about the “Maternal Profiles in Courage” whom we have been privileged to serve. I encourage you to please consider how you may be uniquely called to participate in our work.
We are a 501(c)3 non-profit charity, all financial contributions are tax deductible. We welcome your participation in any way that would be most meaningful to you.
~ Mary Cunningham Agee, Founder and President
~ Mary Cunningham Agee
The Nurturing Network enjoys broad-based support because its leadership has avoided labels that would fit TNN into a narrow mold. Whether those labels are religious, feminist, ethnic, -- or any other, TNN’s management believes that they tend to restrict rather than expand thinking and do nothing to actually assist someone in crisis.
“We were invited to replace a destructive environment with one that supported a courageous mother’s decision. We loved her and her child and supported her in all ways as an individual and as a woman succeeding in the world today. There were no strings attached. There was no contract. It was all about the love of God being revealed in the hearts and actions of volunteer members of the Nurturing Network.”
~ Valerie and Bob - Hospital Administrator
(TNN Nurturing Home)
“Mary Cunningham Agee’s Nurturing Network is a reflection of the special genius of women. With grace, joyful perseverance and intelligence, she has created a practical network of caring resources for women who feel threatened by an unexpected pregnancy. The Network’s resources allow pregnant women to respond with courage and dignity to one of life’s most difficult moments. Work such as Mary’s provides the foundation for a new national culture defined in part by a new feminism which avoids all violence.”
~ Apostolic Nuncio
(TNN Spiritual Advisor)