The Child-Friendly Faith Project is a national, nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charity that seeks to end religious child maltreatment (RCM), which is defined as child abuse or neglect that is enabled by, or justified with, religious belief, scripture, or doctrine.

We fulfill our mission through awareness programs that benefit the general public, survivors, faith communities, and professionals who work in child protection. To learn more about religious child maltreatment, please click here. Our principles are stated in the Charter for Child-Friendly Faith. Click here to learn why our work is needed.

We are a network of individuals dedicated to protecting children from abuse and neglect enabled by religious ideologies. Our board members, advisors, volunteers, and mentors are committed to raising awareness of this important issue that is often overlooked and misunderstood.


Our goal is to help people better understand and talk about RCM, to identify it and its risk factors, and to recognize its negative impact on children. Our programs serve a multitude of groups including survivors, faith community members, child advocates, and child protection professionals. More specifically:

1. We engage with the General Public and the Media.
Our website offers extensive resources on RCM. We oversee social media outlets that allow the public to discuss and learn about this issue, and we give media interviews and slideshow presentations at meetings and conferences.

2. We support and advocate for Survivors.
We maintain a clearinghouse of resources to help survivors of RCM find reputable therapeutic programs, and we advocate on behalf of survivors seeking to communicate with religious institutions and organizations that have harmed them. An example of this work is what we have been doing on behalf of survivors of Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch.

3. We educate Faith Communities and Professionals.
We offer curricula to faith communities and information to professionals who work in the field of child protection to help them learn how to better prevent RCM and respond to cases. One religious organization that served as a pilot site was Unity of Austin.

4. We partner with other Child Advocates.
Thankfully, there are many other child advocacy organizations doing great work. We promote their programs, share resources, and make join presentations at events. An example is our efforts to help Protect Idaho Kids raise awareness of harmful religious exemptions that have led to 183 children dying from medical neglect.

5. We contribute to Academic Research.
Our website offers researchers a unique clearinghouse of verified academic study into the subject of religious child maltreatment and tangential topics. This program area will be made public with the launch of the CFFP’s revised website in 2018.


Would you like to volunteer for the CFFP? Would you be kind enough to make a donation? If so, please click here. Just want to talk about the issues? Please email us at info@childfriendlyfaith.org and we’ll set up a time to talk. Thank you for being part of our Child-Friendly Faith movement!