About Us

The National Council on Family Relations, founded in 1938, is the oldest nonprofit, nonpartisan, multidisciplinary professional association focused solely on family research, practice and education.

Who are NCFR's members?

NCFR members are professionals dedicated to understanding and strengthening families. Our 3,400-plus members come from more than 35 countries and all 50 U.S. states, and include: researchers, demographers, marriage and family therapists, parent/family educators, university faculty, students, social workers, public health workers, extension specialists and faculty, ECFE teachers, clergy, counselors, K-12 teachers, and more.

NCFR's work

Publishing scholarly journals

NCFR publishes three international scholarly journals — Journal of Marriage and Family and 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

NCFR sponsors an international 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 family life education

NCFR established and administers the internationally recognized credential — the "Certified Family Life Educator" (CFLE). Approximately 125 college and university Family Science degree programs in the U.S. and Canada use NCFR Family Life Education curriculum standards as guidelines for their undergraduate and graduate students.

Fostering dialogue among family professionals

NCFR fosters dialogue through Internet interactions, state and regional affiliates, special interest "sections" within NCFR, focus groups, and via our NCFR Report magazine and the CFLE Network newsletter

Educating about public policy

NCFR researchers and educators interpret and disseminate information on families to inform legislators and other decision-makers about the possible effects of policy on families.

NCFR is self-funded through membership dues, academic journal revenues, family life education certification fees, and educational program registration fees. NCFR also accepts donations from members and from the public.

What is NCFR? (PDF)

Learn more about our organization and our members.

Mission and Identity

NCFR's mission is to provide an educational forum for family researchers, educators, and practitioners to share in the development and dissemination of knowledge about families and family relationships, establish professional standards, and work to promote family well-being.

Board and Governance

The NCFR Board of Directors acts on behalf of membership as it makes decisions pertaining to the organization.

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Our Staff

Find contact information for the staff at NCFR headquarters.