Faith community liaisons--official contacts at the state or local level between government and faith-based and community organizations (FBCOs)--have been established in at least 36 states and in many localities as of 2008. Their work typically entails facilitating partnerships with and within the FBCO community, encouraging the organizational capacity of FBCOs, and educating both faith-based organizations and public agencies about the opportunities and requirements of the federal Charitable Choice and "equal treatment" provisions that sought to "level the playing field" for religious organizations collaborating with government. This brief discusses the characteristics of FCL functions in eight case study sites, and highlights model practices these FCLs undertook to further the goals of Charitable Choice and the federal and state faith-based and community initiatives more broadly. (Author abstract)
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The Role of State Faith Community Liaisons in Charitable Choice Implementation: Practice Models from the States.