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Gender and Genital Cutting: A New Paradigm

by Brian Earp, Rebecca Steinfield

Moral and legal opposition to the non-therapeutic cutting of children’s genitals has traditionally focused on female children. In recent years, however, a growing movement of scholars, activists, and individuals affected by childhood genital cutting have argued that all children, regardless of sex or gender, should be protected from such intimate violations. Read more

Circumcision, Sexual Experience, and Harm

by Brian Earp, Robert Darby

An exploration of whether nontherapeutic male circumcision is legal before an age of consent paying special attention to the subjective, personal, and individually and culturally variable dimensions of judgments about benefit versus harm. Read more

Child Abuse and Culture

by Lisa Aronson Fontes

This expertly written book provides an accessible framework for culturally competent practice with children and families in child maltreatment cases. Numerous workable strategies and concrete examples are presented to help readers address cultural concerns at each stage of the assessment and intervention process. Professionals and students learn new ways of thinking about their own cultural viewpoints as they gain critical skills for maximizing the accuracy of assessments for physical and sexual abuse; overcoming language barriers in parent and child interviews; respecting families' values and beliefs while ensuring children's safety; creating a welcoming agency environment; and more. Read more

Parenting: A Dynamic Perspective

by George W. Holden

Written from a psychological perspective while integrating cross-disciplinary viewpoints, this fully updated Second Edition takes a parent-centered approach to exploring topics such as the reasons behind parental behavior, the effect parents and children have on one another, and social policy′s ability to help families. Read more

ChildFund Alliance

The Alliance creates opportunities for joint initiatives serving children and families in need. It improves the effectiveness of programs for children, increases efficiency and extends the reach and influence of the members by enhancing their individual and collective strengths. Read more

Academy on Violence and Abuse

The mission of the AVA is to advance health education and research on the recognition, treatment, and prevention of the health effects of violence and abuse across the lifespan. Read more

Churches’ Network for Non-Violence

The Churches’ Network for Non-Violence was formed to broaden religious support for law reform to end corporal punishment of children and other cruel and humiliating forms of violence against children and to challenge faith-based justification for it. Read more

Lives in the Balance

The mission of Lives in the Balance is to provide vital, accessible resources and programs to caregivers of behaviorally challenging kids; to bring the plight of these kids into the public consciousness; to address the systemic issues that cause many of these kids to slip through the cracks; and to promote parenting and disciplinary practices that foster the better side of human nature in all children. Read more provides parenting information that helps clarify how early spanking and other punitive parenting practices can negatively impact healthy brain development. Read more

By Faith Alone: When Religious Beliefs and Child Welfare Collide

by Robin Fretwell Wilson, Shaakirrah Sanders

How to discipline one’s child, like decisions to treat “by faith alone,” run deep in religious and cultural belief systems. State regulation of child rearing not only impacts parents’ liberty but a community’s ability to maintain identity and transmit norms. Often, state solicitude for parental autonomy dictates children’s fate. This Chapter explores the limits of parental autonomy, showing that constitutional cases grant autonomy when no harm would result. Read more

Center for the Human Rights of Children

Recognizing that children require special protections due to their vulnerabilities, the Center for the Human Rights of Children (CHRC), a University Center of Excellence, was established in 2007 to pursue an agenda of interdisciplinary research, outreach and education, and advocacy to address critical and complex issues affecting children and youth, both locally and globally Read more

Friendly Atheist Podcast: Janet Heimlich

by Hemant Mehta

Janet Heimlich is the founder of the Child-Friendly Faith Project and author of Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment, both of which examine child abuse and neglect that is enabled by religious belief in the United States. Janet is also a reporter who has worked for NPR and written for a variety of publications. (Full disclosure, I’m on the advisory board for the Child-Friendly Faith Project.) I spoke with her about the way children suffer at the hands of religion, whether teaching kids about Hell constitutes abuse, and what atheists can do to help. Read more

Bad Faith: When Religious Belief Undermines Modern Medicine

by Paul Offit, M.D.

In Bad Faith, acclaimed physician and author Dr. Paul Offit gives readers a never-before-seen look into the minds of those who choose to medically martyr themselves, or their children, in the name of religion. Offit chronicles the stories of these faithful and their children, whose devastating experiences highlight the tangled relationship between religion and medicine in America. Religious or not, this issue reaches everyone—whether you are seeking treatment at a Catholic hospital or trying to keep your kids safe from diseases spread by their unvaccinated peers. Read more

Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All

by Paul Offit, M.D.

In 2014, California suffered the largest and deadliest outbreak of pertussis, also known as “whooping cough,” in more than fifty years. This tragedy was avoidable. An effective vaccine has been available since the 1940s. In recent years other diseases, like measles and mumps, have also made a comeback. The reason for these epidemics can be traced to a group whose vocal proponents insist, despite evidence to the contrary, that vaccines are poison. As a consequence, parents and caretakers are rejecting vaccines for themselves and their families. In Deadly Choices, infectious-disease expert Paul Offit takes a look behind the curtain of the anti-vaccine movement. What he finds is a reminder of the power of scientific knowledge, and the harm we risk if we ignore it. Read more

Centre for Child Honouring

Child Honouring is a unifying vision by which societies can re-order their priorities, a central organizing principle for sustainable, peace-making cultures. The center advances Child Honouring as a universal ethic, an essential code of conduct for all to embrace. Read more

Attorneys for the Rights of the Child

Attorneys for the Rights of the Child (ARC) is a non-profit organization founded to secure equal protection for, and broaden judicial and public recognition of, children’s legal and human rights to bodily integrity and self-determination. Read more

Paul Offit Interview Project Idaho

Dr. Paul Offit talks about the importance of ensuring that all children are permitted needed medical care, even if their caretakers assert that their religious beliefs conflict with that need. (2:00) Read more

The CFFP Designation Program

The Designation Program is a unique curriculum designed specially for faith communities. Benefits include increasing understanding about child development, maltreatment, and protection. (4:00) Read more

Jerry Minor on Being Raised a Jehovah's Witness

Comedic actor Jerry Minor, who has appeared in Will Ferrell's "Anchorman," "How I Met Your Mother," and many other movies and TV shows, talks about what it was like for him as a child to grow up in a community of Jehovah's witnesses and what he believes Child-Friendly Faith is all about. (7:00) Read more

Richard Dawkins Introduces Janet Heimlich on RCM Panel

Richard Dawkins moderates a panel at the American Humanist Association conference in San Diego on the topic of religious child maltreatment. Here Dr. Dawkins introduces and asks questions of Janet Heimlich about her research and book, Breaking Their Will. (17:00) Read more

Lost Boy (Book Review)

by Andrea Moore-Emmett

A review on the account of Brent Jeff, a fourth-generation-born Mormon polygamist from the Fundamentalist Latter-day Saints. Read more