Benefits of Membership

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The National Council on Family Relations is a nonpartisan, nonprofit professional association focused solely on family research, policy and practice.

Receive our journals  

Journal of Marriage and Family

JMF has been the premier journal in the area of marriage and family for 75 years. Editor: Kelly Raley

Family Relations: Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Studies

FR provides an applied focus for practitioners, educators, and policy professionals. Editor: Ronald Sabatelli

Journal of Family Theory & Review

JFTR, which was introduced in 2009, explores family and relationship theory. All members who subscribe to another journal receive complimentary electronic access to JFTR in 2014. Editor: Robert Milardo

Submit your research to our journals!

Attend our annual conference at a discount

Stimulating and enlightening — that describes the NCFR annual conference. Grow professionally, establish new contacts, and build lasting relationships.You’ll find major presentations by leading professionals, break-out sessions of all kinds, and informal networking. Submit a proposal and you could get to present your research.

NCFR members receive discounted conference registration rates.

Get member newsletters

NCFR Report, our quarterly member magazine, features a “Family Focus” section with contributed articles on key topics, for members only. CFLE Network is the CFLE newsletter that includes book reviews, best practices, and news from CFLEs around the world. Our “Zippy News” e-newsletter provides weekly updates and announcements on the latest from NCFR and the family field.

Get exclusive member access to online resources

The NCFR website helps members stay connected with each other and the profession. Find resources for family research, education, and best practices, as well as announcements about membership, local affiliate chapters, the NCFR Annual Conference and other events. The website will lead you to member listservs you can join and to our online member directory to connect you with your colleagues.

The Professional Resource Library allows you to find and share resources important to family researchers, educators, and students — everything from curricula, book reviews, and articles to conference presentations, video, and best practices.

Members get exclusive access to NCFR-produced resources. You'll also receive a discounted rate on our webinars.

Share your interests

NCFR is composed of ten Sections, each about a particular topic of interest. You'll communicate with your fellow section members throughout the year about your interest areas. Many presentations at the annual conference are determined by section review. Leadership positions and volunteer opportunities include becoming an officer, a proposal reviewer, or focus group leader.

Get your CFLE credential: the standard for family life educators

Certification is provided to family life educators through the Certified Family Life Educator credential. The NCFR CFLE curricular requirements have been incorporated into degree programs at more than 120 colleges and universities.

Advance your career

Here are even more ways you can grow professionally through NCFR:

Make local connections

State/regional and student affiliate councils give NCFR a local flavor. Stay in touch with members in your area through conferences, events, and communications. For students: 25 student affiliates offer a great option to build your resume and connect your academic experience to real-world opportunities.

Find the right membership option for you

  • Special rates for students and emeritus members
  • Professional membership levels with choice of journals
  • A new professionals option for those who graduated five or fewer years ago

Get Involved in NCFR

Get involved with interest areas, local groups or other events and communications.

Our Leadership

Directories of the NCFR Board of Directors, Sections, Affiliates, Conference Committee officers