The Child-Friendly Faith Project is a unique child advocacy organization. We raise awareness of religious child abuse and neglect. It was founded by Janet Heimlich, who wrote Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment (Prometheus Books, 2011.)
What do we do exactly? Our main goal is to engage with the public and educate people about ways religious teachings and practices can harm children. Certainly, a religious upbringing can be a wonderful thing, but many people simply don't understand how some adults justify child abuse and neglect with religious belief and doctrine.
Some examples include physically abusing children based on certain biblical passages; denying children necessary medical care due to beliefs about "faith healing"; terrorizing children with religious messaging; and refusing to report a sexual abuser who is a religious authority.
Please visit our site and learn about how we shed light on this pervasive problem. And if you would like to be part of our Child-Friendly Faith movement, please get in touch. Tell us why you think you're a good choice to serve on our board. Ultimately, we will ask for a resume and for you to provide a reference.
We are an "active" board, so we ask all board members to contribute time and/or money to help sustain the organization and to show support. Other than that, we hold quarterly board meetings via teleconference.
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