LA Faith in Motion

Com­mu­ni­ties in Motion has been work­ing with the Los Ange­les Coun­ty Depart­ment of Chil­dren and Fam­i­ly Ser­vices and The Cen­ter for Strate­gic Part­ner­ships to expand and strength­en faith-based part­ner­ships. In 2018, the LA Coun­ty Board of Super­vi­sors with sup­port and invest­ment from phil­an­thropy adopt­ed a motion that would result in stronger par­tic­i­pa­tion and par­tic­i­pa­tion of the faith com­mu­ni­ty in sup­port­ing fam­i­lies and fos­ter youth. 

The mis­sion of LAC FIM is to estab­lish col­lab­o­ra­tions and part­ner­ships between DCFS and FBOs that will strength­en com­mu­ni­ties, cre­ate health­i­er fam­i­lies and improve self-suf­fi­cien­cy. LAC FIM will:

  • Focus on faith-based part­ner­ships because these part­ner­ships are crit­i­cal to ser­vice deliv­ery and the con­tin­u­um of care for chil­dren, youth and fam­i­lies in the child wel­fare system;
  • Expand and devel­op efforts that will lead to sus­tain­abil­i­ty and fos­ter trust build­ing with FBOs;
  • Sup­port DCFS’ Invest LA ini­tia­tive, which focus­es on pro­mot­ing sys­tem improve­ments in safe­ty, per­ma­nen­cy and well-being for children;
  • Be inclu­sive of build­ing and sus­tain­ing effec­tive ser­vices, resources and prac­tices, includ­ing recruit­ment and reten­tion of prospec­tive resource fam­i­lies; and
  • Include an infra­struc­ture that takes into con­sid­er­a­tion approach­es and prac­tices to be applied con­sis­tent­ly, with the goal of build­ing sus­tain­abil­i­ty and pro­mot­ing con­sis­tent part­ner­ships with faith communities.


LAC FIM pro­vides dif­fer­ent ways for faith part­ners to get involved, which includes the following:

  • Con­nect­ing and becom­ing involved with DCFS through local region­al offices and spe­cial­ized pro­grams will facil­i­tate direct con­nec­tions between faith part­ners and DCFS. Each region­al office has two des­ig­nat­ed FBLs who give faith part­ners infor­ma­tion about local needs and projects.
  • Becom­ing involved in the LA Coun­ty Faith Col­lab­o­ra­tive to inform the imple­men­ta­tion of LAC FIM and net­work with oth­er faith lead­ers and stakeholders.
  • Learn­ing more about exist­ing faith-based ini­tia­tives by con­tact­ing the DCFS Faith-Based Section.

To learn more about LAC FIM, con­tact Dominique Robin­son, DCFS Faith-Based Sec­tion Pro­gram Man­ag­er at