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Children’s Defense Fund: “The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) is a non-profit child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for 35 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. We champion policies and programs that lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to health care, quality education and a moral and spiritual foundation.” Website:

Information on National Observance of Children’s Sabbath

Information on the Cradle to Prison Pipeline®

Interfaith Children’s Movement: ICM is a child advocacy movement that works on an interfaith basis to ensure the care and
nurture of all children. ICM’s “Faith in Action” program provides practical information on how faith communities can advocate for child friendly legislation, address juvenile justice issues, combat the sexual exploitation of children, prevent child abuse, and
effectively respond to abused, disabled and mentally ill children. Website:

Interfaith Disability Connection: Interfaith Disability Connection “educates and engages faith communities in cultivating mutually beneficial relationships with people with disabilities.” Their website contains success stories of faith communities that responded to the disabled and to those with mental illness (see section titled “Resources for Family and Caregivers”). Website:

Kids Count Data Book: State Profiles of Child Well-being: Presents state by state data on the well-being of children in the U.S. and uses this information to rank states. Published annually, The Annie E. Casey Foundation. 701 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Phone: 410.547.6600 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Website:

March of Dimes: Pregnancy and Newborn Health Education Center - Provides facts and information on what to expect during pregnancy and prenatal care visits. For information on free and low cost prenatal care options call (800) 311-BABY (800-311-2229). For Spanish, call 800-504-7081. Website:

One Church One School: “One Church One School brings together churches and schools in partnerships that teach our children to value life and to value learning. This national network of church/school partnerships also acts as a catalyst to build bridges between other community-based organizations, social service agencies, business enterprises and schools.” National Headquarters, 7841 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60619 Phone: 773.651.0071 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Website:

Prevent Child Abuse America: A national organization dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. Each year PCA America compiles a Resource Packet for families and communities. The 2009 Resource Guide “focuses on five important factors that have been shown to protect children from the risk of abuse and neglect.” Website:

Safe Sanctuaries: Reducing the Risk of Abuse in the Church: This program was adapted from the book by Rev. Joy Melton which outlines policies, procedures and guidelines adopted by the United Methodist Church aimed at preventing child abuse in the church. Information on starting a Safe Sanctuaries program in your faith community can be found at

United Methodist Church General Board of Discipleship: Children’s Ministries: Provides information and resources on how to nurture, educate and minister to children. Website: