What We Do
We offer laboratory quality urine pregnancy tests that are administered by one of our nurses. A positive pregnancy test (including those taken at home) suggests a high probability that women are pregnant. However, the result should be confirmed by an ultrasound exam.
AVA Care has trained staff experienced in helping those facing an unintended pregnancy. In order to better serve women, their client advocate will talk with them about their situation and concerns. During this time women are safe to talk freely.
Even if women have had a positive pregnancy test, an ultrasound exam can confirm and diagnose their pregnancy.
We have licensed nurses available to address women’s medical questions and concerns regarding pregnancy and sexual health.
Trained male client advocates are available to talk with men who are facing an unintended pregnancy with their partner.
EXCEL (Equipping Parents Program)
EXCEL stands for Equipping Parents to Excel through Community Engagement and Learning.
Oftentimes, women facing unintended pregnancies don’t feel equipped to be a mom. They don’t believe they can achieve their dreams. We believe they can do both. AVA Care has partnered up with many community organizations that provide resources and training that will equip women in their personal and professional development. As an additional benefit to her participation in one of these programs, AVA Care provides her with a layette with basic baby supplies and clothing, as well as diapers for a year.*
Women who have participated in this program are experiencing increased self-esteem, expanded social networks and support systems, stronger parenting skills, and the confidence to pursue employment.
We are grateful for the collaboration with the following community organizations and programs:
- Hand in hand Resource Mothers Program
- Healthy Families of the Blue Ridge
- Skyline Literacy – Citizenship, English language, and GED classes
- Massanutten Technical Center – English language and GED classes
- Sentara RMH – PEAS parenting program
- STARS program (Specialized Treatment and Recovery Services)
- VA Extension Cooperative Service – Budgeting and Eating Smart, Moving More classes
- Elkton Area United Services – GED courses
- Covenant Presbyterian – English language courses
- Valley Workforce
Diapers, baby supplies, and clothing are generously donated by individuals from the local community. Women are encouraged to participate in more than one program if interested, however the free diaper benefit is limited to one year. Fathers are also welcome to participate.
THREE (After-Abortion Care Program)
THREE stands for Trade Hurt. Redeem Each Experience.
THREE is an abortion recovery and support group designed for men and women who have experienced an abortion in their past.
- When is the study? Group studies are offered throughout the year. The study is also offered on an individual basis for those unable to attend the scheduled group studies.
- Is the study just for women? No. There are separate studies and leaders for both men and women.
- What is the difference between group and one-on-one? Materials are the same for both; however, the group study provides the benefit of joining with others who have had a similar experience.
- Does it cost me anything? There is only the investment of $15.00 for the study materials.
- Who leads the study? The study is led by those who are sensitive to your situation, and with understanding, walk along side of you through the journey of healing and renewal.
- How long does the study last? Each study lasts 9 weeks.
- Where is the study located? At AVA Care during non-business hours.
- Is this confidential? Yes, your identity will remain confidential.
- Can I get more info anonymously? Yes. You may receive more information about the program and other helpful resources, without revealing your identity, by contacting the program director at email@example.com or by calling 540.434.0685.