LA County Faith in Motion

Work­ing across Los Ange­les Coun­ty, Com­mu­ni­ties in Motion is work­ing with Los Ange­les Coun­ty Depart­ment of Chil­dren and Fam­i­ly Ser­vices and The Cen­ter for Strate­gic Part­ner­ships that has led to the devel­op­ment of a frame­work that will expand and deep­en the involve­ment of Faith-Based Orga­ni­za­tions (FBOs), which includes places of wor­ship, church­es and Faith lead­ers in help­ing respond to the needs of fos­ter chil­dren and fam­i­lies through­out Los Ange­les County. 

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.