National Council on Family Relations

A nonprofit organization

42 donors

NCFR is the oldest, multi-disciplinary non-partisan professional organization focused solely on family research, practice and education.

The members of NCFR include leading researchers, theorists and college faculty, family life educators, human services professionals, therapists, and students working toward careers as family professionals. Our members’ interests—as diverse as their careers and backgrounds—are focused on topics and efforts that yield a common benefit:  understanding and strengthening families.

NCFR's work includes:

• Publishing three scholarly journals – Journal of Marriage and Family, Family Relations Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Studies, and Journal of Family Theory & Review. We also produce other publications and products to support the work of family professionals.

• Sponsoring an Annual Conference of juried cutting-edge research papers, methods, and practices including research updates for practitioners sessions, and presentation of best practices in the field.

• Promoting the field of Family Life Education - NCFR established and administers the internationally recognized credential - the "Certified Family Life Educator" (CFLE). Approximately 100 college and university Family Science degree program in the US and Canada use the NCFR Family LIfe Education curriculum standards as guidelines for their undergraduate and graduate students.

• Fostering dialogue among family professionals through internet interactions, state and regional affiliates, special interest "sections" within NCFR, and via our NCFR Report Newsletter and the CFLE Network Newsletter.

• Promoting family well-being through public policy education. NCFR researchers and educators interpret and disseminate information on families to inform legislators and decision-makers about the possible impact of policy of families.

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National Council on Family Relations

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1201 West River Parkway Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55454