Based on Faith: Community Partnership Supporting Youth & Families in Child Welfare

Thursday, October 25, 2012 -
2:45pm to 5:00pm EDT
Philanthropy New York, 79 Fifth Ave., 4th floor, NYC
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Casey Family Programs  has lead this collaborative  New York City Faith-Based Initiative, which also includes New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), 11 churches citywide, seminaries who are training future pastors coordinated through the intermediary Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA).  According to a recently released State of the Field report on Institution-Based Community Organizing, Interfaith Funders are becoming increasingly active in a broad array of political and social issues.  This partnership is the result of a shared commitment to the children and families of New York City.
By bringing together congregational members, seminary students, urban churches and church leaders, a major public agency -- Administration for Children  Services, bonds within a community are being strengthened while resources are leveraged. This collaborative model has increased the pool of potential adoptive families and offered seminarians a unique experience in urban ministry they can carry to their future work as pastors.
Learn how these non-traditional partnerships developed and flourished as those working in and with welfare agencies, funders, clergy and seminary representatives share their experiences. The development of this model will be highlighted, along with associated successes and challenges. A “Documentation Report” of the model, completed by Casey Family Programs, will serve as a basis for discussions.


  • Lessons learned through New York City’s Faith-Based Initiative
  • Innovative approaches to support vulnerable children and strengthen existing community support systems
  • Effective ways to orchestrate grassroots initiatives and form successful public/private, secular/faith-based partnerships
  • Engaging non-traditional institutions in the work of improving the quality of life of children and families in low-income neighborhoods
This program is "Partially Open."



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