Our biggest goals are to help people better understand and talk about religious child maltreatment, learn how to identify its risk factors, and t recognize its negative impact on children. Through our educational programs, we serve a myriad of beneficiaries, such as survivors, faith community members, and professionals, such as social workers, therapists, and attorneys. Our key program areas include:
- Engaging with the General Public and the Media.
Our website offers extensive resources on RCM for academics, survivors, and others; we oversee social media outlets that allow people to discuss and learn about this issue; and we give media interviews and slideshow presentations at meetings and conferences. As an example, this op-ed about a potentially dangerous decision by the Texas Supreme Court was picked up by numerous newspapers.
- Supporting and Advocating 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 harmed them. An example of this work is what we have been doing on behalf of survivors of Cal Farley's Boys Ranch.
- Educating Faith Communities and Child Protection 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 is Unity of Austin.
- Partnering with Other Child Advocacy organizations.
We love working with other great child advocacy organizations, promoting their programs, sharing resources and making joint presentations at events. For example, we have been working closely with Protect Idaho Kids in raising awareness of harmful religious exemptions in Idaho’s child maltreatment laws and with CHILDUSA on a legal case that concerns children attending faith-based schools.