Vulnerable children and families have always looked to community faith organizations during crisis. We are aware that churches, mosques, synagogues and other faith entities comprise the natural support networks that help to create the fabric of any community. CWLA is now poised to move beyond awareness to envision ways in which we can intentionally engage faith communities in the work of child advocacy. Over the past several years we have begun to evaluate our role in connecting providers and community stakeholders on behalf of children. And so, we launched our new Faith-Based Initiative to actualize our commitment to this goal. Our accomplishments to date have been:

  • Inaugural conversations and workshops at the 2013 CWLA Annual Conference.
  • Completion of a survey of member organizations to ascertain whether they have initiated partnerships with faith organizations, the nature of the partnerships and any successes or challenges they have experienced.
  • Presentation of the survey findings on a national CWLA Webinar.
  • Appointment of a National Faith-Based Advisory Committee and initial convening of the Committee (detailed below).

The Advisory Committee will assist us in identifying and/or developing resources to assure a faith perspective in CWLA conferences, trainings and materials. We are also hopeful that the Advisory Committee will give input for conducting research on effective models for engaging faith communities in child welfare services. We will conduct the majority of our work through scheduled conference calls. Most of the CWLA’s committees operate in this manner with a CWLA staff member who acts as facilitator. Our thinking is that initially the committee may meet every other month as we begin and less often as subcommittees become active in carrying out specific objectives. The particulars will be determined by the Advisory Committee.

The Advisory Committee is staffed by Zuline Gray Wilkinson, Candidate for the Master of Divinity, Class of 2015, Princeton Theological Seminary who has a year-long internship with CWLA to work on this project.



Ms. Hena Ali
Jewish Child Care Association of New York

Ms. Maureen Archibald
Harvest of Hope Family Services Network, Inc.

Ms. Alicen Bennett
Arkansas Department of Human Services, DCFS

Bishop Aaron Blake
TX DFPS Advisory Committee on Promoting Adoption of Minority Children

Mr. Charles Chambers

Ms. Beth Dawson
Fostering the SOUL Ministry

Pastor Sean Dogan
Long Branch Baptist Church

Ms. Kara Eusebio
Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children

Mr. Ricardo Franco
Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE)/Cumberland Presbyterian Church

Ms. Yaridis Garcia
Juvenile Welfar Board Children’s Services Council of Pinellas County

Ms. Gail Gonzalez
Texas Department of Family and Protective Servies

Dr. W. Wilson Goode, Sr.
Amachi/Philadelphia Leadership Foundation

Mr. Bill Hancock
FaithBridge Foster Care

Bishop Joseph Henderson
Bragg Hill Family Life Center/Tower of Deliverance Church

Rev. R.B. Holmes Jr.
Bethel Missionary Baptist Church

Rev. Bernard Keels
Morgan State University

Mr. Philip Kouns
The Children’s Village at Christian City

Dr. Scott Larson
Straight Ahead Ministries

Dr. Mayra Lopez
Proyecto Nacer, Inc.

Ms. Denise Lucombe
Richmond Department of Social Services

Dr. Charles Luke
Tarrant County Spiritual Network

Ms. Antoinette Malveaux
Casey Family Programs

Ms. Ellen McKinley
C.D.E.A. (Child Development Education Alliance)

Mr. Herbert Newell
Lifeline Children’s Services

Mr. Donald Pettway
Maryville Academy

Ms. Aimee Poche
Healing Place Serve

Mr. Eric Porter
Assemblies of God

Ms. Rebecca Price
Jewish Child Care Association of New York

Ms. Nancy Rivera-Laboy

Dr. Arie Sailor
One Church One Child of Florida, Inc.

Ms. Angela Sanders
Tennyson Center for Children

Ms. Rhonda Sciortino

Ms. Suzy Sonnier
Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services

Mr. Gary Taylor
Orange County Social Services Agency

Mr. Jason Weber
Christian Alliance for Orphans

Dr. Alfonso Wyatt
Designing Futures through Faith & Facts

Ms. Lynn Young
Saddleback Church

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