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

Winter 2021: Family Formation

Submission deadline for articles: Dec. 15, 2020

Please consider contributing an article for the winter Network on any topic relevant to family formation and Family Life Education. Some suggested approaches include the following:

  • Your professional experiences working with families in the process of forming bonds with new members.
  • Developing and/or providing pertinent services, such as programs, classes, support groups, online databases, newsletters, and so on for families with new members.
  • Providing supportive services to families in home-based, health care, nonprofit, public, faith-based, or government settings.
  • Educating policymakers, funders, educators, and others about the strengths and challenges of diverse families, including those with members who have physical or cognitive disabilities or mental illnesses, who belong to ethnic/cultural groups, who are members of sexual minority groups, or who are of low- or middle-income status; and providing resources these families need to nurture new members.

Why This Theme?

Families form bonds with new members in myriad ways, including through marriage, remarriage, birth, surrogacy, adoption, foster care, and fictive kinship.

  • There are inequities in the range of choices available to some families for adding new members (e.g., adoption and sexual minority families; adoption and children of color; adoption and children with disabilities; adoption and older children; expense of formal adoption for families with low or moderate incomes).

Families form bonds with both immediate and extended family members; for example:

  • Extended family members include those connected via affective, fictive, biological, and legal bonds.
  • Three-generation families may be formed through the addition of a teen parent’s infant or an older relative moving into the home.

Families form new or different bonds with members through choice or necessity; for example:

  • Grandparents may parent their grandchildren due to adult child’s illness, addiction, or incarceration.
  • Children may be placed in foster or relative care due to parental neglect, abuse, or abandonment.
  • Adult children may return to the parental home as caregivers or as unemployed or underemployed roommates.
  • Siblings or fictive kin may share a home, expenses, and affective bonds.

The submission deadline for articles is December 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

  • 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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