A New Venture: The Child-Friendly Faith Project

As most of you know, I have devoted much of the last four years to researching and writing about religious child maltreatment. I intend to continue to learn all I can about this form of abuse and neglect.

However, it’s time to begin a new path. In the fall of 2012, I and a small group of child advocates began a nonprofit organization called the Child-Friendly Faith Project. It is nonpartisan and has been designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(3), which allows interested parties to make tax-deductible contributions.

Just what does the CFFP do? It educates the public about the impact that religious, spiritual, and cultural beliefs and practices have on children. Whether the effects are good or bad, we believe that Americans and others owe it to children to seriously consider their ideologies. Most parents assume that a belief system that they adhere to is healthy for children. Sometimes it is, but sometimes it is dangerous.

Let’s make sure that we examine our beliefs to ensure they benefit society’s youngest members. The ultimate goal of CFF is to ensure that a religious or spiritual upbringing is a healthy experience for every child.

A few things we believe: 1) Faith can be beneficial and harmful to children. 2) We acknowledge that every adults has the right to practice the faith of their choosing. However, if they bring children into that faith, those adults have the responsibility to make sure it enhances children’s well-being. 3) It is not our place to promote or denigrate any particular religion, place of worship,  faith group, or ideology but, rather, look at how people’s beliefs and practices affect children.

To take part in the conversation, we invite you to join our closed Facebook group and contribute to our Facebook page. Our Twitter page can be found here.

Thank you for your support. We look forward to hearing from you!


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