About the 2017 Proctor Institute

Join 500 participants at the 2017 CDF Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry to discover new insights, perspectives and crucial information that will equip you in your faithful work to end child poverty, dismantle the Cradle to Prison Pipeline™ and improve the lives of children.

Come for New Strategies, Skills, and Effective Models

Increase your advocacy and organizing skills, discover effective model programs that meet the needs of children, and deepen your understanding of how congregations may transform our communities to better nurture and protect all children in dynamic, interactive workshops. Participants may select three workshops (from more than 24 choices) to attend from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. each day and then choose from a variety of late afternoon options From 4:15 - 6:00 p.m. Participants will also take action to advocate for children each day in the Action Center with computers and staff there to help make an immediate difference on pending legislation and other urgent matters.

Come with Your Family!

A special Proctor CDF Freedom Schools® Program for children ages five to 15 meets each full day of Proctor to engage children in activities, reading enrichment, and fun while parents and other caregivers are in plenary sessions and workshops. The Freedom School children will be participating in the leadership of the Friday morning closing worship and celebration of commitment.

Come for Seminary Credit

A Monday pre-session (9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) and special sessions during the week are offered for seminarians of all ages, guided by CDF's Proctor faculty in residence. Seminarian students who are interested in registering for the credit-bearing graduate course should sign up through their seminaries and register at the discounted price of $200. There is an opportunity for scholarships on a first come first served basis. For more information on scholarships and course credit please contact Janet Wolf at jwolf@childrensdefense.org.

Come for an Experience of Beloved Community

Join in an intergenerational, interracial and multi-ethnic ecumenical community of people who share a passion in working for justice for our nation’s children. Together we will sing and talk and share meals and exchange ideas and strengthen ourselves and each other to carry on in our work. Your heart, mind, body and soul will be renewed and recharged for action, all in the serene setting of CDF Haley Farm in Clinton, Tennessee, once home to Roots author Alex Haley and now the spiritual home of the children’s movement. You might be able to get a little of this at a typical conference, a little of that at church, a bit of this at a revival, and bit of that at a training. But the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry is the one place that has it all, a unique experience that will leave you informed, inspired, equipped, connected, and ready to put your faith even more effectively into action to seek justice for our nation’s children and to build the next generation of leaders for the children’s movement. We hope you join us in 2017.