Rizpah’s Children/Justice for Children

Children in Poverty

A staggering 14 million children, newborn to age 18, in the United States and Puerto Rico struggle with poverty and poverty-related issues.

Children in Poverty (CiP) is part of American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) Justice for Children Ministries. CiP encourages and equips American Baptists to respond to the needs of children in poverty through ministries of caring and prophetic justice.

CiP highlights existing ministry resources and opportunities, and provides leadership for developing new resources and opportunities for service to children.

American Baptist churches, regions and individuals continue to develop and implement programs that meet the needs of the most vulnerable in our society. Another important part of CiP is the opportunity to celebrate and share the good news about this ministry throughout the denominational family.

An initiative that grew out of CiP, the Penny Project  seeks to engage American Baptist congregations and youth groups across the country in collecting pennies and other coins to represent the number of children in poverty in the United States and Puerto Rico. The money collected is donated to organizations that aid these children.


See the list of 2016 Justice for Children Initiative CiP Grant recipients.