2023 CDF Proctor Institute Events

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Strengthening the Family: How the Faith Community Can Help Keep Children Safe at Home

The passage of the Family First Prevention Services Act provides powerful tools to better serve the more than 435,000 children in foster care. The law presents the opportunity for meaningful reform, by making historic investments to keep children at safely at home with their families and prioritizing family-based care. Making these reforms will not be easy and realizing the potential of this law will require significant work. Everyone has a role to play, especially the faith community. This session will provide an overview of the child welfare system, the opportunities for reform and the role of the church in ensuring every child grows up in a safe, stable and loving home. You will hear how your congregation can support kinship caregivers and foster families and how you can advocate for policy change at the local, state and national level to help children who have experienced abuse and neglect.