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Families Valued

Honoring God’s Call to Work and Family Life

Families Valued is a program of the Center for Public Justice, a civic education and public policy organization that works to equip citizens, develop leaders and shape policy to serve God, advance justice and transform public life.

Our Focus & Impact

We honor the family responsibilities of all workers. Families Valued is a program of the Center for Public Justice.

Throughout its history, the Center for Public Justice has been faithful in applying its Christian pluralist lens to complex political issues including welfare reform, religious freedom, and closing the opportunity gap. Building upon its experience of amplifying citizen voices, clarifying the roles of public and private institutions, and equipping faith-based organizations, CPJ formed the Families Valued program. Families Valued equips Christian citizens, employers, and policymakers to consider their roles in upholding all families through workplace and public policy.

Promoting Good Work so that All Families Flourish

The U.S. remains one of the world’s few industrialized nations without guaranteed paid family leave. Partisan approaches to enacting paid leave have, so far, had little success in changing this fact.

CPJ’s Honoring Families, Loving Our Neighbors: A Common Ground Proposal for Paid Family Leaveoffers sensible policies that can help secure the best health and future for families, and for our country by creating a universal paid family leave program offering benefits for new parents and end-of-life caregivers. It also urges policymakers to work toward guaranteeing all who work at least two weeks paid time off for routine health and caregiving needs.

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Time for Rest

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Honoring Families

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Shifting Designs for Work

A Common Ground Proposal for Universal Family Leave

The U.S. remains one of the world’s few industrialized nations without guaranteed paid family leave. Partisan approaches to enacting paid leave have, so far, had little success in changing this fact.

The Families Valued program recently convened a leadership council to examine approaches to paid family leave that reach past traditional categories of right and left.

Representing diverse Christian traditions, denominations and political orientations, council members agreed on the importance of supporting those entrusted with the responsibility to care for those who are vulnerable in our society. Together, they concluded that a common ground approach to paid family leave, rooted in Christian values, should:

  •   Ensure universal minimum benefits
  •   Prioritize those who are vulnerable
  •   Support diverse cultural conceptions of kin
  •   Operate with administrative simplicity

Policymakers can move toward this vision by establishing a universal benefit for new parents and end-of-life caregivers, and by guaranteeing all workers at least two weeks of annual paid leave for meeting health and caregiving needs.

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