Dear Lord be good to me. The sea is so wide and my boat is so small

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Registration for the 21st annual Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry, “How Long Must I Cry for Help? Bending the Arc Toward God’s Vision of Justice for Children,” is now open.

Don't miss your chance to be part of the Beloved Community of clergy, seminarians, Christian educators, young adult leaders and other faith-based advocates for children that will gather at CDF Haley Farm for five days of spiritual renewal, networking, movement-building workshops and continuing education about the urgent needs of children across the nation.

We look forward to welcoming you home to CDF Haley Farm July 20-24, 2015. Early Bird registration discount ends May 31st.
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Ending Child Poverty Now

For the first time, this report shows that by investing an additional 2 percent of the federal budget into existing programs and policies that increase employment, make work pay, and ensure children’s basic needs are met, the nation could reduce child poverty by 60 percent and lift 6.6 million children out of poverty.

The United States has the second highest child poverty rate among 35 industrialized countries despite having the largest economy in the world. A child in the United States has a 1 in 5 chance of being poor and the younger she is the poorer she is likely to be. A child of color, who will be in the majority of U.S. children in 2020, is more than twice as likely to be poor as a White child. This is unacceptable and unnecessary.

The U.S. can end child poverty by investing more in programs and policies that work.

Together we can #MakeADifference and help end child poverty in America.

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CDF-Ohio News

New Report Finds Too Many Children Without Families
May 19, 2015, CDF-Ohio Press Release

Despite poverty, Taft student a leader
April 29, 2015,

Stuck Outside the Poor Door
April 24, 2015, The Huffington Post

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