BENEFITING: CHILD-FRIENDLY FAITH PROJECT
A boy is beaten because he fidgets during a sermon. A girl is made to feel shameful about her “unclean” sexuality. A teenager is denied medical care because her community only believes in faith healing. When a religious leader molests a child, no one reports it.
These are just a few examples of child abuse and neglect perpetrated in the name of faith.
A religious upbringing can be a wonderful experience for a child, but it can also have a dark side. Often, the problem lies in the fact that faith communities don't have a solid understanding of child development, child abuse, and the law.
The Child-Friendly Faith Communities Designation Program seeks to change all that. It's a curriculum designed specially for faith communities, one that offers instruction and tools not found in any other training program. But it does more than that. Religious organizations that participate have a chance to grow their congregations.
The Designation Program teaches about child development and the positive and negative impacts of faith teachings and practices; workshops guide participants through the process of developing effective child abuse prevention policies and new programs that improve children’s wellbeing.
In fact, the tools offered in the Designation Program are so rich, all faith communities can benefit from participating! Those that do can feel ensured that they're meeting children's emotional and spiritual needs. Also, they are designated as Child-Friendly Faith Communities and promoted as role models in child protection.
Donate to this fundraiser so that we can complete development of this unique and impactful program and offer it for free to every faith community!