Congregations for Children

To promote preventative, cost-effective, non-punitive policies and programs in the following areas: child care, maternal and child health, welfare reform, juvenile justice and education, in order to  meet the needs of children living in poverty in Mississippi.

Gather data, provide resources and educate Mississippians regarding the realities of life for children in Mississippi.

Provide assistance and support to congregations to build an effective child advocacy network of faith communities and concerned individuals.

Becoming a Congregation for Children

Click here to visit the Congregations for Children website.

Legislative Liaison
Rev. Carol Burnett serves as Congregations for Children's legislative liaison and advocate.  Burnett is the director of the Moore Community House in Biloxi, Mississippi. To reach her, call 228.436.0881 or send an email to 


Katie Pryor serves as the coordinator of Congregations for Children and can be reached at 972.515.7291.

A Child in Mississippi...
is born into poverty every 46 minutes 
is abused or neglected every 2 hours 
dies before his/her first birthday every 20 hours 
is killed by gunfire every 6 days

Mississippi is... 
28th among states in the percent of babies born to mothers who received early prenatal care 49th among states in infant mortality 
49th among states in per pupil expenditures 
50th among states in the percent of children who are poor 
50th among states in percent of babies born at low birth weight 
(From Children’s Defense Fund)