CFLE Network, a quarterly newsletter published by the National Council on Family Relations for Certified Family Life Educators, is a resource filled with information about Family Life Education. Network provides an opportunity for CFLEs to share their knowledge and expertise with other active CFLEs through research- or practice-based articles.

Editor: Elizabeth L. Morgan, Ph.D., CFLE

Writing for Network: Authors interested in contributing an article to CFLE Network should first review the full author guidelines (PDF).

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Call for Articles

Fall 2020: Caregiving and Family Support

Submission deadline for articles: Sept. 15, 2020

Please consider contributing an article for the fall Network about one or more of the following areas:

  • Your professional experiences working with family caregivers in private, nonprofit or public settings
  • Caregiving and family support practices
    • within minority cultural and ethnic groups
    • within diverse family structures
    • within sexual minority families
    • within military and veteran families
  • Caregiving and family support practices across the lifespan
  • Caregiving by parents of young, school-age, adolescent, and adult children with developmental disabilities
  • Developing and/or providing pertinent formal or informal individual or family support services.
  • Educating family caregivers about associated stressors, potential, mental and physical health problems, and relevant support services (e.g., support groups, respite care, mental health services, financial support)
  • Any topic relevant to Caregiving and Family Support and Family Life Education.

Why This Theme?

  • About 43.5 million caregivers provide unpaid care to an adult or child, including:
    • 15.7 million adult family caregivers who care for someone who has Alzheimer's disease or other form of dementia. 
    •  5.5 million caregivers who care for former or current military personnel in the U.S.
    • 17 million family caregivers who care for children with a developmental disability under the age of 18, with over half providing care for their own children
  • Family caregivers belong to diverse ethnic/cultural, gender, sexual orientation, and age groups:
    • 62% of adult caregivers are Euro-American, 13% are African-American, 17% are Hispanic-American, and 6% are Asian-American
      • 21% of Hispanic-Americans, 20.3% of African-Americans, 19.7% of Asian-Americans, and 16.9% of Euro-American provide caregiving
    • 75% of caregivers are female
    • 9% of caregivers self-identify as LGBT
    • About 1.3 million children and adolescents between 8 and 18 years are caregivers for sick or disabled siblings, parents or aging relatives
    • The average age of a caregiver for an older adult is 63 years
  • Family caregivers cope with multiple sources of stress:
    • About 33% of older adult caregivers are in fair to poor health themselves
    • About 76% of individuals with developmental disabilities reside at home and their families are aging
    • About 27% of previously enjoyed activities are reduced by adult’s caregiving responsibilities
    • About 56% of caregivers who also work outside the home are employed full-time

Resource (unless indicated otherwise): Family Caregiver Alliance. (2016). Caregiver Statistics: Demographics.

The submission deadline for articles is September 15, 2020.

Contact Network Editor Elizabeth Morgan by email with questions or about your interest in submitting, and include two or three sentences summarizing what you wish to cover.

Please review the complete author guidelines below.

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Future Issue Themes

  • Winter 2021 – Family Formation (Intent to Submit Deadline: Dec. 1, Submission Deadline: Dec. 15)

  • Spring 2021 – Action Research and Program Evaluation (Intent to Submit Deadline: March 1, Submission Deadline: March 15)

  • Summer 2021  Families and Health (Intent to Submit Deadline: June 1, Submission Deadline: June 15)

  • Fall 2021 Grief and Loss (Intent to Submit Deadline: Sept. 1, Submission Deadline: Sept. 15)

  • Winter 2022 Community Partnerships (Intent to Submit Deadline: Dec. 1, Submission Deadline: Dec. 15)


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