Proctor Participant Testimonials

"Last week I spent five days at Haley Farm in Clinton, Tennessee, as a participant in the 2015 Samuel Dewitt Proctor Child Advocacy Institute, which is sponsored by the Children’s Defense Fund. The Institute brings together social justice activists and child advocates from across the country along with some of the finest preachers in the land."

Catherine Meeks, 2015 participant

“There is only one place to meet other child advocates, learn spiritual and advocacy skills to help child advocates stand firm and effective on hallowed ground—the Children’s Defense Fund’s Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry.” 

Christine Kloker Young, participant since 2002

“Proctor is a loud voice in the wilderness that reminds me that grace abounds. It will inspire you and renew your hope and reassure your spirit of the fact that the world is in the capable hands of our young people.” 

First-time participant

“If you want the opportunity and the chance to meet, hear, and see history in the making, come to this Institute. It opens your mind, heart, and soul to issues you didn’t think were important or relevant and drives you do to more and better.” 

Joi Adams, first-time participant

“If you care about the plight of children and the future of this country you must come and learn to be an advocate for the rights of all God’s children!”

The Rev. Dr. Robert E. Walker, Jr.

“Haley is a place to rest and renew your spirit, challenge your faith, establish friendships with kindred spirits, hear great preaching, and then be ready and willing to go home and speak out and stand up for children!” 

Steve Wiard, nine-year participant