About The Interfaith Children’s Movement
The Interfaith Children’s Movement (ICM) is founded on the conviction that people of all faiths can, and must, work together — across boundaries of religious institutions and spiritual practices — to improve the lives and well-being of all children. ICM calls upon the thousands of faith communities to put their faith in action and bring their compassion and commitment to the fight against social inequities that threaten our children’s ability to realize their potential.
ICM has created a comprehensive, action-oriented, results approach to advocacy. Through its Faith in Action program, ICM focuses on eight work areas that affect the well-being of all children: Poverty, Education, Health Care, Juvenile Justice, Child Care/Child Protection, Parental Nurture, Child Advocacy (Public Policy) and Immigration. Out of these work areas, ICM advocates on behalf of Georgia’s children at the services level and at the policy level by engaging faith communities in servicing the needs of children and calling for justice.
From Meditation given by David Soloway on January 13, 2009, at ICM General Membership Meeting--
Those of you who are familiar with the Interfaith Children’s Movement know that this is not a club of well-intentioned people who just talk about children’s needs; we are not just a group of friends who just express dissatisfaction with disadvantaged children’s lack of access to proper medical care; we are not just some parents who lament shortcomings in the so-called “safety net” our society hopes will catch children who have fallen; we are not just a collection of people who pray about or express outrage that in our wealthy society an unacceptable number of children go to bed hungry or are inadequately prepared for school or lack a stable household with loving parents or are subjected to an adult penal system long before they have developed into adults.
Instead, we are a collection of people from many faiths who share the conviction that we all can and must work together - across boundaries of religious institutions and spiritual practices - to improve the lives and well-being of all children. We call upon our faith communities to put faith in action and bring compassion and commitment to the fight against social inequities that threaten our children’s ability to realize their potential. We do this through educating individuals and faith communities about children’s issues; advocating for government policies that are good for children; activating faith communities to speak up for children; and networking faith communities to direct service programs that help children.
A Brief History of ICM
From its beginning in 2001 to its respected voice for children today.
ICM Board Members and Program Staff
Our members and staff come from many different religions and faith communities and serve to improve the lives of all of Georgia’s children
Child Advocacy & Service Partners
ICM works closely with many child advocacy and service partners to focus the work of faith communities on the matters and conditions adversely impacting the lives of Georgia’s children.
State of the Movement Report
ICM Receives Recognition
April 2011 - ICM was recognized for its work on juvenile code reform by The Sapelo Foundation and awarded the prestigious Smith Bagley Advocacy Award.
February 19, 2010 - ICM was recognized for its work on behalf of children by the Cobb County School District School Social Workers and the Marietta City School Social Workers at their Community Appreciation Breakfast. A special note of thanks goes to Rebecca Whicker for identifying ICM as a worthy recipient of this honor.