Too many children in Idaho are dying from “faith healing” medical neglect.
It’s time the state did something to stop it.
The Child-Friendly Faith Project doesn’t get involved in politics too often—except when it comes to Idaho. Why? Because Idaho’s laws fail to protect the health of children who are raised in families and communities that deny their sons and daughters medical care for religious reasons.

As a result, many children are suffering and even dying from such treatable conditions as infection and diabetes.

Why? Because in Idaho, it’s legal for parents or guardians to deny a child needed medical care if they claim it’s for religious reasons. Even if that child suffers. Even if that child becomes permanently disabled. Even if that child dies.

The CFFP is focused on educating lawmakers and the public about the issue of “faith healing” medical neglect. It’s not because we oppose freedom of religion. It’s because we believe that all children—no matter what religious beliefs their parents or guardians hold—deserve to be provided needed medical care.

This effort to strengthen these protections is endorsed by the Idaho Prosecuting Attorneys Association and the Idaho Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. What’s more, a Governor’s Task Force is pushing the legislature to change the laws. A host of prominent child advocates—that includes faith leaders and survivors—believe the legislature and the Governor have a duty to protect all children from medical neglect.

Please support this effort! Click here to see how you can easily write an email expressing your concerns to the entire Senate and House of Representatives. To see press coverage of this issue, click here.

Be part of a Child-Friendly Faith movement.

Help us ensure that all children in Idaho receive needed medical care.

Janet Heimlich is the founder of the Child-Friendly Faith Project, a national, nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charity that raises awareness of religious child maltreatment. She is an award-winning journalist and the author of "Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment" (Prometheus Books), the first book to take an in-depth look at child abuse and neglect that is enabled by religious belief. She also hosts the podcast, "Parenting Beyond Belief." For eight years, Janet freelanced as a reporter for National Public Radio. She also has written non-fiction articles for such publications as Texas Monthly, the Austin American-Statesman, and the Texas Observer. Janet has won nine journalism awards, including the Dallas Press Club’s Katie, the Houston Press Club’s “Radio Journalist of the Year,” and the Texas Bar Association’s Gavel Award. Janet received a B.A. in Communications with a minor in English from Stanford University in 1984.

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