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421 | Social Services and the Church: Collaborating for the Safety of Children

Friday 9/15 2:15 – 3:30 PM, Social Work: Current Developments, Trends, and Best Practices, Workshop Tracks


Dan Broyles, M.S.



Approved For CE

Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU




This presentation will give ministry leaders and licensed mental health professionals specific and creative methods to bridge the gap between local social services and churches. When churches and social services work together for the common good of protecting children, families benefit by having more resources and less isolation. In this workshop, the presenter will explain the fear of social workers and churches working together for multiple reasons. However, in 2019 the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors initiated a policy to work better “with the family community.” As a result of this initiative, newer policies are changing the working relationships between faith leaders and the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. Attendees will learn about training for social workers on working with religious clients and how churches can make a difference with children at risk of entering foster care.

Learning Objectives

1. Outline specific steps for church leaders and social service leaders on how to develop a plan that protects at-risk children
2. Develop and write out a pathway for social service workers to have greater resources for families in need
3. Discuss and analyze specific trends between spirituality and resiliency that can benefit professionals helping at-risk families
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