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The dues-paying members of NCFR are the moral and legal owners of NCFR, in whose interests the Board of Directors acts. The purpose of the board, on behalf of the members of NCFR, is to see to it that NCFR (a) achieves appropriate results for appropriate persons at an appropriate cost, and (b) avoids unacceptable actions and situations.
Statements of the NCFR Board of Directors
NCFR Board of Directors Statement on COVID-19, Family Diversity, and Family Well-Being
August 26, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted millions of Americans, yet it is increasingly clear that Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), including Latinx immigrant communities, have been hit the hardest, with significantly more illness, hospitalizations, and death than White communities. The emerging disparities reflect the entrenched structural inequalities that persist in the United States, placing an unequal and unjust disease burden on racial and ethnic minoritized communities. Read the full statement.
A Response to the Death of George Floyd and a Call to Action
June 4, 2020
NCFR mourns the death of George Floyd, who was killed while in the custody of Minneapolis police officers on May 25, 2020. Now is a time to actively listen – and a time to act with a purposeful plan. Read the full statement.
Statement in Response to the U.S. Executive Order on Family Separation
June 21, 2018
The NCFR Board of Directors urges the Trump Administration to reunite separated immigrant children with their parents immediately to ensure their well-being.
Research published and cited by NCFR demonstrates that when families are separated, there are immediate and long-term effects on the family. These negative outcomes indicate the importance of keeping families together. Read the full statement
Update on U.S. Supreme Court Decision
June 29, 2015 (revised Nov. 23, 2015)
The Board of Directors of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) welcomes the U.S. Supreme Court decision that extends the Constitutional right of civil marriage to same-sex couples across our nation. The majority opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges pointed to the injustice of denying same-sex couples and their children the legal and financial benefits of marriage, as well as "the recognition, stability, and predictability marriage offers." The Court's opinion is consistent with the NCFR Board of Directors' statement that "because children thrive in stable families, and because marriage helps to stabilize unions, the well-being of children is enhanced when same-sex parents have access to marriage and all of its social and legal benefits and protections."
Statement on child well-being, same-sex parenting, and marriage
On Nov. 8, 2013, at the annual meeting, the NCFR Board of Directors made the following statement (revised Nov. 23, 2015):
The NCFR Board of Directors is in agreement with the position outlined in the recent American Sociological Association amicus brief on same-sex parenting. We concur that there is no clear and compelling evidence that being raised by same-sex parents is harmful to children. Moreover, because children thrive in stable families, and because marriage helps to stabilize unions, the well-being of children is enhanced when same-sex parents have access to marriage and all of its social and legal benefits and protections.