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Healthy Marriages in Low-Income African American Communities : Part 2 : Expanding the Dialogue With Faith Leaders From Making Connection Sites.

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Franklin, Robert M.
Boddie, Stephanie C.
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In 2003, the Annie E. Casey Foundation convened a series of meetings with faith leaders and marriage promotion/education professionals to explore potential areas of collaboration in low-income communities. While the first session was informative, Casey Foundation staff and consultants remained curious about the extent to which the views of participating pastors were representative of theperspectives of a broader group of leaders serving low-income communities. So staff organized a second gathering, with the goal of providing Casey the opportunity to share information and learn from leaders who work in sites where Casey's Making Connections initiative is underway (Boston, Hartford, Louisville and Milwaukee.) In May 2004, the Foundation convened a diverse group of faith and community leaders to: share their experience and perspectives on marriage promotion in low-income communities; listen and respond to recent research and policy initiatives on the subject of poverty, marriage and child well being; explore what role, if any, the Foundation might wish to play in marriage promotion and enrichment in the future; and offer suggestions about what the Casey Foundation might do in this arena. This thematic summary includes comments primarily from the consultation and some reflections on the African American Healthy Marriage Initiative workshop.

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